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23 Jun 2010 description


The countries in eastern Africa have some of the highest poverty and hunger rates in the world. In a number of countries (Burundi, DRC, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Rwanda), the proportion of the population living on less than one dollar a day has increased since 1990.

06 Apr 2006 description

Today, the President announced a U.S. Government commitment of $92 million to prevent widespread famine in the Horn of Africa and to diminish the underlying causes of food insecurity. This includes use of funds designated by Congress for early intervention to prevent or mitigate the effects of famine. This is in addition to more than $150 million in emergency humanitarian food and non-food assistance already provided by the United States to the region since October 2005.

This increase in funding will mitigate the effects of the crisis in the Horn of Africa.