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New research commissioned by AusAID highlights the urgent need for increased action to prevent sexual violence during conflict and after crises. Hundreds of thousands of women are affected by sexual violence during conflict, and many more are at risk.
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.
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.
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.
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I am pleased to announce that Australia will contribute $9 million to the World Food Programme's efforts to help ease a severe food crisis in several countries in Africa.
In the Southern African region $4.5 million will provide food assistance to 8 million people facing severe food shortages in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Australia will provide an additional $2.5 million in emergency assistance for the Horn of Africa, where almost 15 million people are at risk of starvation because of severe drought, flooding and post conflict instability.