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09 Oct 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the Australian International Food Security Centre has established its first office in Africa — in Nairobi, Kenya.

Senator Carr said under-investment in agricultural research and innovation is a key factor affecting Africa's ability to bring about food security.

'The new Centre will help Africa in its transition from a reliance on emergency food aid, to building a viable smallholder farming sector,' Senator Carr said.

14 Aug 2012 description

Highlights:

KENYA - Initiatives begin to enhance the resilience of communities to cope with drought in Northern Kenya.

KENYA - IOM, UNHCR continue with construction of transitional shelters

ETHIOPIA - IOM Commences on Initial Construction of Transitional Shelters in Melkadida Refugee Camp

ETHIOPIA– IOM Disburses Cash Grants to over 1,000 Beneficiaries in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – IOM has transported 90,381 refugees in Ethiopia as of 28 July 2012.

Kenya Operations

16 Sep 2011 description

AusAID Director General Peter Baxter witnessed first hand how Australian support for the ongoing humanitarian effort is saving lives in the Horn of Africa when he visited the world's largest refugee camp in northern Kenya.

19 Aug 2011 description

The Australian Government is extremely concerned about the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, especially the declaration of famine in parts of southern Somalia by the UN on 20 July. More than 12 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance because of consecutive droughts, following two poor rain seasons, and a lack of food.

The United Nations has launched a $2 billion international emergency appeal in response to the crisis.