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
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.