BBC, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia still requires $40m to help cope with
the after effects of last year's drought, the government says.
Ethiopia has enough food aid for this year
Just under a fifth of the
population need humanitarian assistance this year, and while most of their
food needs have now been covered, there was a warning that donors should
not become too complacent.
There were congratulations all round at Friday's meeting of the Ethiopian Government and donors.
Everyone agreed that the response to this year's
appeal has been very good and thousands of lives have been saved.
But the government and the United Nations have said that no-one should rest
on their laurels.
The humanitarian agencies are now focusing their attention on the future -
next year and beyond.
The head of the United Nations emergency unit, Paul Hebert, said great progress had been made to tackle food insecurity but there was still a lot of work to do.
Hunger will remain a threat in the future
"We have to be ready to address the needs that we expect to be present in January, February and March next year, " he said.
The $40m the government is asking for is needed for vital
things like water sanitation, and improved health campaigns to fight the
growing threat of malaria.
Money is also needed this year for agriculture
These things will help people cope with food shortages.
But there will still be an appeal for 2004 - as there will
still be hungry people.
What is now hoped is there will be better long-term planning.
help Ethiopia stop being so dependent on aid.