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Ethiopia wants to end food aid within five years


Africa, Politics

Ethiopia wants to end food aid within five years

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and almost 10 percent of the population relies on food aid. But that might be over in five years' time; Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that if all went to plan, his country would be able to feed itself within five years, based on the plan that predicts a "base-case" scenario of 11 percent economic growth and a "high-case" scenario of 14.9 percent. Ethiopia hopes to use growing business ties with China, India and Turkey to reach the ambitious 14 percent growth mark. The success of the plan hinges in doubling agricultural output by 2015, by encouraging investment and large-scale farming. Read more: Reuters Africa and Voice of America.



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