World Bulletin / News Desk
Ethiopia is working to increase its national food reserves six times over, from a current 460,000 metric tons to three million metric tons, the Ethiopian Strategic National Food Security Reserve Agency said.
Agency PR Officer Gizaw Abute told Anadolu Agency that the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), Sudan, Turkey, Germany and the U.K. were all involved in the agency's efforts to achieve this objective within the next three years.
"Through a program organized by the WFP, our experts have managed to draw experience from Sudan and Turkey on ways to increase [food] reserves," said Abute.
"Consultants from Germany and Britain have also been working during the last three years for the same purpose," Abute added.
"A budget of 13 billion birr [roughly $670 million] has been allocated for construction and the expansion of silos as part of the plan to increase reserves," the official asserted.
Ethiopia's current food reserves are sufficient to feed seven million people for a six-month period, Abute pointed out.
"When reserves reach 3 million metric tons as planned, they will be enough to feed 40 million people for six months," Abute added.
Ethiopia's food reserves include maize, sorghum and wheat, he said, pointing to a short-term plan to add edible oils, oil seeds and legumes to the reserve stocks.Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2014, 10:53