Press Release 97/29

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Press Release 97/29

IN RESPONSE TO FAO APPEAL, AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO UGANDAN FARMERS AFFECTED BY CIVIL STRIFE


NAIROBI, 2 July -- In response to an appeal by FAO, the Australian Government has decided to grant $1.2 million Australian dollars ($ US 916 030) for the purchase of seeds and tools to Ugandan farmers, FAO announced today.

The Australian contribution is to help some 312,000 persons affected by civil strife and drought in the districts of Gulu, Kitgum, Moyo and Arua in northern Uganda, FAO added.

FAO has recently appealed to donors for immediate assistance to Ugandan farmers affected by civil strife in the north and drought in the east which also caused serious food shortages. FAO proposed two emergency projects for the rehabilitation of affected farm families (1,250,000 people) through the urgent supply of essential agricultural inputs (seeds, tools and hoes,etc ) one for the northern districts and the other for the eastern districts for a total cost of some $US 3 million dollars.

Australian assistance covers emergency aid requirements for northern Uganda. No contributions have yet been announced for the drought-affected eastern districts of the country.


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