n Africa Insight - Imported dependency : food aid to Ethiopia causes more problems than it solves

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Since the great famine of 1984/85, Ethiopia has received hundreds of thousands of tons of food aid per year. Even Ethiopian administration officials now speak of a dependency syndrome, a recipient mentality, among the people. Much less aid would be needed if the country's agricultural potential was better used and more attention was paid to the aid actually reaching those that need it. But the current food aid system is bound up with strong political and economic interests in Ethiopia and the donor countries.

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