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By Nathanial Gronewold
A year after Pakistan's national flood catastrophe began, aid agencies are still requesting funds for assistance. Meanwhile, the United Nations is contending with an opposite disaster in the Horn of Africa.
Yesterday, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a request for an additional $96 million to be spent over two years across Pakistan. The money is needed to help 430,000 farm families to fully recover their livelihoods after torrential rains last year wiped out spring crops and delayed the following planting season, the agency said.
FAO says it has so far spent roughly $92 million on programs to support smallholder farming families who saw their lands swamped by an unusual monsoon season that dumped unprecedented amounts of rain for weeks in July and August 2010.
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