Bussines in Ethiopia
Drought, rising food prices and crop failures have exacerbated the food security crisis in Ethiopia. Livelihoods were disrupted and the rate of
malnutrition increased in a few parts of the country. The poor belg (March to May) rains, on top of the lack of rainfall in the two preceding years,
resulted in a poor harvest and diminished pasture. There was a food security crisis in Afar, Amhara, Somali, parts of Oromiya and Southern Nations,
Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP), and Tigray regions. An estimated 7.2 million people received food or cash assistance through the Productive Safety
Net Programme (PSNP) of Ethiopia, which is funded by multiple donors.
Humanitarian agencies continue to support Ethiopia in its struggle with the food crisis but the World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned
that the response is inadequate.
With the involvement of all sectors and agencies from November 2008 onwards, the government of Ethiopia planned a seasonal food security
assessment in all regions to evaluate needs for 2009. The assessment, conducted in November and December 2008, estimates that 4.9 million
people in different parts of the country will require emergency assistance in 2009. This is in addition to food assistance required for
the targeted supplementary feeding of 1.2 million children under five and pregnant and lactating women. The Office for the Co-ordination
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also noted that the World Food Programme (WFP) requires an estimated USD 509 million to cover 2009 shortfalls
for relief, targeted supplementary food, and its contribution to the PSNP1.
What a business man can to do help Ethiopia?
Ethiopia Business comments
The best businessman can do it is to try to give his help direct to people not through goverment.
Henry, Ethiopia, London
It's good place to invest because it's very cheap.
Joao , Angola
It seems people having donated money to Ethiopian people for last two decades that what I recalled. But it seems that nothing changed over there.
Lisa Maria , Italy, Rome
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