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FM Demeke Welcomes USAID’s Decision to Resume Food Assistance

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has welcomed the decision by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to resume food assistance in Ethiopia.

Over 20 million people are in need of humanitarian food assistance in the country due to the impact of prolonged conflict and drought.

“We welcome the decision of the USAID to resume food assistance in Ethiopia,” foreign minister Demeke said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“It is imperative to expedite the food aid resumption process to reach all those in need.”

USAID suspended its humanitarian food assistance in the country following an alleged “significant diversion of aid food” in the country’s Tigray region.

Jessica Jennings, spokesperson of USAID, announced on Tuesday that the aid agency has decided to resume food assistance in December after the implementation of comprehensive reforms.

“These reforms allow for enhanced oversight and beneficiary selection that provide the confidence we need that food assistance will reach the most vulnerable populations who are the intended recipients,” Jennings stated.

“As a result of this progress,” the spokesperson said, “USAID will resume food assistance across Ethiopia” on a one-year trial period.

USAID’s latest move comes five months after it suspended providing assistance to Ethiopians following a “significant diversion of aid food” in the Tigray region.