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Reference : V-F-CR-F-00770-A
Date : 04/2003
Country/Region : ETHIOPIA
Title : Ethiopia : ICRC provides food and seed to prevent famine
Duration : 00:09:21
Person appearing :
WILLIAMS, Stephen Robert (EcoSec delegate, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
Cameraman : SIDLER, Roland
Description : Since the beginning of this year, the people of Ethiopia have once again been under threat of famine. This agricultural country depends on the rains to feed its nomadic herdsmen and villagers, but drought has left food production down by 20% overall this year, and in worst affected areas, crop losses are as high as 90%. The Ethiopian authorities estimate that as many as 11 million people risk food shortages. Many farmers and herdsmen are being forced to sell off their possessions, including their animals, since they have no stocks to feed themselves and no grazing for their drought-starved herds. The ICRC reports that it is not too late to alleviate the worst effects of drought. People are not yet in the grip of famine, but action must be taken now to prevent a humanitarian disaster. The ICRC has therefore joined forces with the Ethiopian Red Cross in the largest preventive action in their history. Around 50,000 tones of food are being distributed to people living in a north-east swathe running through the centre of the country. Equally important, stocks of seed are being provided so that as soon as the rainy season starts, farmers will be able to plant ready for harvesting later this year.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Ethiopia : ICRC provides food and seed to prevent famine
Colour/B&W : colour
Original material/format : Betacam SP
Best material/format available : Betacam SP

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