Food crisis in Horn of Africa to ease soon, says USA

August 13, 2011 3:00 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, August 13-

Somalis queue for food aid/ FILE

The effects of the hunger situation will be eased with the collaborative effort of the international community and non governmental actors, the American government believes.

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin who is the US representative to the UN Food and Agriculture agencies in Rome told journalists in Nairobi that on her visit to Daadab on Friday, she had observed that the condition of the people receiving food aid had changed and that the people were more hopeful.

“When we visited Daadab we saw a camp with very many people, we got reports of children who had died the previous night, but we did not see hopelessness, we saw people who were confident that their needs-food medical and shelter-will be met,” she said.

This cooperation she said has to go on.

“The collaborative efforts must continue governments corporate and the people within as well as those in Diaspora because the worst isn’t over and the underlying problems haven’t been solved,” she added.

Amb Ertharin said that the Government of the United States would continue to  provide monetary and technical support to ensure that long term programmes are initiated for the affected communities to be food secure.

“This is a challenging time but as the United States we have committed over $500 million to the emergency today but we still will continue to offer technical support for the long term considerations,” she added.

The Executive Director for the World Food Programme in East and Central Africa Stanlake Samkange, said that his organization had broken its procedure in the distribution of food due to the severity of the crisis by giving food to refugees who had not been registered.

Mr Samkange also assured that the WFP had beefed up its food stocks and that normal supply would resume.

“Up until a month ago we had reduce our food rations because we had significant shortfalls in our relief assistance but due to the attention that has been brought to the situation in Somalia and Daadab we have been able to restore our food pipeline,” he assured.


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