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19 Oct 2012 description

School meals from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) feed more than 11 million children in Africa each year. One of those children is a teenager called Molly Achieng, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

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.

24 Sep 2012 description

As part of a $100 million commitment from 2009–10 to 2012–13, Australia has provided $60 million to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, managed by the World Bank (external website).

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.

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

20 Jun 2012 description
AusAID Civil Society Engagement Framework
AusAID—NGO Cooperation Program

AusAID’s Civil Society Engagement Framework sets out how Australia will work more effectively with civil society organisations (CSOs), in Australia and overseas, to increase the impact of aid for the world’s poorest people.

The Framework provides a clear direction for engaging with Australian and international civil society organisations such as CARE, ChildFund, the Global Poverty Project, UN Women, The Red Cross and World Vision Australia.

Why the Civil Society Engagement Framework is important

Through AusAID’s NGO cooperation in 2011-12:

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.

24 Oct 2011 description

Forrest Place, Perth
Transcript E&OE
24 October 2011

Well, thank you Tim, thank you to Captain Banana, Captain Tomato. Who else we got here? Captain Carrot, Captain Corn and the other members of the veggie patch put on by World Vision this morning.

And, to all of those who support World Vision and its work around the world, I really do appreciate your conviction and what you are doing to bring the whole challenge of food security to the councils of the world.

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.

03 Oct 2011 description

29 September 2011

A hallmark of foreign policy is to look beyond the horizon to analyse the new great global challenges facing us in the future.

Today I want to talk to you about one such challenge — food security, which now finds itself at the forefront of the global policy agenda.

Population growth means that by 2050 the world will need to feed approximately 9 billion people, over 2 billion more than today when we already have 1 billion people suffering chronic hunger.

26 Sep 2011 description

Thank you very much Valerie Amos and for the good work of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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.

09 Aug 2011 description

Updated 4 August 2011

Australia will provide an additional $20 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food rations to people in the Horn of Africa, including nutrition supplements for malnourished women and children.

The WFP has also allocated $22 million to the Horn of Africa from Australia’s annual core commitment to the agency.

This brings Australia’s total commitment to the crisis to more than $80 million.

29 Jul 2011 description

Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $94 million dollars has been allocated to drought-affected countries this year.