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Donor Pledges Exceed 75 Percent of Africa’s Food Aid Needs

February 25, 1988

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ More than 75 percent of the 4.6 million tons in food aid needed this year by sub-Saharan Africa already has been pledged, but Ethiopia remains threatened by famine, a U.N. group said Thursday.

Thirty-five of sub-Sahara’s 42 countries still have unmet food aid needs of 1 million tons, according to a report issued in Nairobi by the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Nine of those countries - Angola, Benin, Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Niger - will require exceptional emergency relief, the statement said.

Although donors have pledged more than 1 million of the 1.3 million tons of food aid needed by drought-stricken Ethiopia, relief operations there face logistical problems, the report said.

Edouard Saouma, FAO director general, appealed to donors to send Ethiopia trucks, spare parts, fuel and port-handling equipment.

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