Thursday, October 22, 2009 

Ethiopia Needs Urgent Food Aid. (BBC)

Ethiopia has been on the international front seeking food aid. The government has appealed to the international government to help provide food aid to over 6.2 million people.  The UN world food program says the country will need $285 million in the next six months to carter for the food needs of the people.  International organization Oxfam says food aid will solve the country’s immediate food problem but is not the best for the long term. The country needs to gather funds to help the country’s agriculture sector develop so that food security can be achieved for many years to come instead of always depending on food aid.

Drought should not be a reason not to grow crops; funds got by the WFP should be channeled towards building irrigation systems and the like to advance the agriculture sector.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Ethiopian Troops Seize Rebel Arms Base

Addis Ababa — Ethiopian Government has reported seizing more than four tonnes of explosives and other arms from the Eastern Ethiopia rebel group, Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

Ethiopia military said on Saturday, government troops raided the rebel ammunition store after one of the rebel commanders defected and surrendered.

The defector was described as a commander who had fought against the government for the last 10 years.