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USA to Give Ethiopia $35 Million to Ease Drought Effects

Feb 25, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said President Obama's administration will provide additional 35m-dollar support to Ethiopia to help the country combat drought and natural disasters.

USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy E Lindborg told journalists here on Friday [22 February] that the administration had earlier allocated 110m dollars for the same purpose. The administrator said that the support will be used for humanitarian services and to prevent conflict and natural disasters. She said the assistance will help Ethiopia to fight against poverty and drought, mainly in pastoral areas.

Lindborg is here to discuss with member countries of the Inter- Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) at a meeting to begin this Saturday [23 February] on issues related to the efforts to prevent drought and natural disasters.

Source: (C) 2013 BBC Monitoring Africa. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved

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