U.S. Pledges $97 Million to Ethiopia to Combat Biggest Drought In Decades

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA—The U.S. has boosted its emergency food aid to Ethiopia by nearly $100 million to combat one of the worst droughts in decades, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced Sunday.

The aid is urgently needed to head off a humanitarian disaster brought on by the El Niño climate phenomenon that has affected seasonal rains, USAID administrator Gayle Smith said.

“The funding for this is not where it needs to be and we are up against very tight timelines,” she said at a briefing during the annual African Union summit, which ended Sunday. “This is the worst El Niño in history and it has affected the African continent in particular, most dramatically in Ethiopia where 11 million people have been affected.”

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