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22 Aug 2012 description

At the height of the Horn of Africa crisis in July 2011, more than 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were faced with the consequences of severe drought.

Their situation was exacerbated by a tenuous food security situation, high food and fuel prices and widespread insecurity that displaced many people from their homes and into neighbouring countries. Somalia was the worst hit, with three-quarters of a million people and six regions facing imminent famine.

15 Feb 2012 description

Mr Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is in Australia from 12–15 February discussing a range of issues affecting refugees, including current and future global humanitarian challenges.

During his visit, Mr Guterres met with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, AusAID's Director General Peter Baxter and other government officials and NGOs.

22 Dec 2011 description

AusAID, together with UniQuest and the University of Queensland (UQ), is helping to improve skills for dryland farming in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

Food production on dryland in African countries is particularly important to ensure food security. However, despite efforts to introduce more sustainable and productive systems such as conservation farming and agroforestry, African farming is still governed by traditional slash and burn techniques.

05 Dec 2011 description

Media release
Sydney
4 December 2011

The Australian public has united with the Australian Government and aid organisations to save lives in the Horn of Africa.

Thanks to the deep generosity of Australians, more than $25 million has been raised through the Government's Dollar for Dollar appeal for people suffering in the Horn of Africa,

In October, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the Australian Government would match, dollar for dollar, the public donations made to the famine appeals of accredited aid agencies.

23 Nov 2011 description

Media release
Canberra
23 November 2011

In two months, the Australian public has contributed over $6 million, and brought the Horn of Africa appeal to more than $12 million, in a nation-wide effort to help people starving in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The Australian Government's Dollar for Dollar initiative matches every donation to participating Australian non-government aid agencies til the end of November — making twice the difference for every dollar donated.

01 Nov 2011 description

The current crisis in the Horn of Africa highlights the importance of food security. One in three people go hungry every day in Africa-a continent that holds 60 per cent of the world's uncultivated arable land.

18 Oct 2011 description
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Somalia + 6 others
World Food Day

Anti-Poverty Week, 16–22 October

Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual international Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.

Anti-Poverty Week aims to:

  • increase public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia

  • encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

05 Oct 2011 description

The Australian Government is extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, especially the famine in parts of Somalia. More than 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of live-saving humanitarian assistance because of consecutive droughts, following two poor rain seasons, and a lack of food.

The United Nations has a $2.4 billion international emergency appeal in response to the crisis.

05 Oct 2011 description

The Australian Government today pledged to match, dollar for dollar, donations by Australians to help people in the Horn of Africa.

The situation in the Horn of Africa remains dire, with the UN estimating 750,000 people could die in the coming four months without a scale up of humanitarian aid, and that 13 million drought-stricken people require urgent help.

15 Jul 2011 description

More than 10 million people are suffering the effects of the most serious drought in 60 years in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.

UNICEF estimates that there are 480,000 severely malnourished children in drought affected Kenya, Somalia Ethiopia, and Djibouti, with a third of children under five in southern Somalia malnourished. In Kenya, more than 3.5 million people in the northern and north-eastern regions are without food and water.