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Food aid for Ethiopia

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FOOD AID FOR ETHIOPIA Media Statement, E. G. Whitlam, 30 March 1975

The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Gough Whitlam, announced that the Australian Government is giving an additional $400,000 of food aid to Ethiopia. This aid was being given because of the continuing need of the Ethiopian authorities for international assistance in the procurement and distribution of food

to rural areas. Ethiopia is also developing food security buffer stocks in accordance

with a Food and Agricultural Organisation national food security plan prepared in November 1974 at the request of the Government of Ethiopia. The Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr W. P. J. Handmer, resident in Nairobi, had recently visited that country and had reported on food requirements there. Details of the food aid to be financed by or supplied from Australia are being discussed with Ethiopian authorities.

Australia gave 4,030 tonnes of wheat to Ethiopia in 1974, and had airfreighted 12 tonnes of protein-enriched milk biscuits previously, for a total cost of $830,000. The Ambassador had also visited Somalia and consideration was being given to the provision of food aid to that country; which has similarly been seriously affected by drought.