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FAO: Drought-stricken herders within Ethiopia urgently needing support

15.08.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) Drought-stricken livestock herders within Ethiopia are in urgent need of support as the number of people going hungry rises each day, UN Radio says referring to the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) report. The report admits for those families who depend on cattle, their animals’ survival «can literally mean the difference between life and death». As to the report, the drought within Ethiopia has devastated herders’ livelihoods; exhausting pastures, water sources and led to thousands of animals dying or falling ill — particularly in the southern and south-eastern regions of the country. As to the report, rains have failed three consecutive years now, leaving around 8.5 million Ethiopians suffering from hunger, a third of whom are in the pastoralists heartland — the Somali region. This year alone, the number going hungry has risen by 5.6 million nationwide. In meanwhile, Abdoul Karim Bah, FAO Deputy Representative within Ethiopia, says that it is «crucial to provide this support between now and October, when rains are due» so that the recovery process could get underway. «If we don’t act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse,» he stresses.

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