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13 Sep 2011 description

On 12 September, Minister for Development Cooperation Olivier Chastel went to the largest refugee camp in the world, which is in Dadaab in Kenya. Altogether, some 440,000 people are staying here, and it is thought that by the end of the year, this figure will have risen to 550,000.

09 Aug 2011 description

The emergency situation in the Horn of Africa is currently the worst in the world, affecting over 13 million people in 5 different countries.

“This crisis exists on several fronts, affecting food, nutrition, sanitation, security, economics, agriculture and pastures. It affects local populations, refugees and internally displaced people,” lamented the Minister for Development Cooperation, Olivier Chastel.

29 Jul 2011 description

La sécheresse dans la Corne de l’Afrique, la pire depuis 60 ans, menace la survie de centaines de milliers de personnes. La situation est particulièrement critique en Somalie, où l'ONU a décrété formellement la famine dans deux régions du Sud. La flambée des prix alimentaires et la poursuite du conflit dans ce pays ont entraîné d’énormes déplacements de populations. Chaque jour, des milliers de Somaliens fuient vers l’Ethiopie, le Kenya et Djibouti. Au total, 12 millions de personnes sont en danger de mort si elles ne reçoivent pas d’urgence une assistance alimentaire.

13 Jul 2011 description

As a result of the drought and the rising food and fuel prices, the number of people suffering from a lack of food in the Horn of Africa has risen alarmingly. Grain prices in the east of Kenya, for example, have increased by 60%, in the east of Ethiopia by 120% and in the south of Somalia by 240%.

“Right now, there are over 10 million people who cannot meet their basic needs in the drought-affected zones in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. Their chances of survival are totally dependent on massive emergency aid,” said Minister for Development Cooperation, Olivier Chastel.

19 Jan 2010 description

In December 2009 Belgium has announced a new 10.6 million euro contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), capping a record year in which it donated a total of 26 million euro to help fight hunger worldwide. Belgium's 2009 donation is its largest-ever donation to WFP - more than 50 per cent higher than in 2008, when it contributed 18 million euro.

"Belgium has shown great solidarity with those who are less fortunate.

20 Oct 2009 description

Belgium has promised the World Food Programme (WFP) that it will respond to the very serious food crises currently afflicting Ethiopia, Kenya and Pakistan. To this end, it has pledged €2.25 million, the equivalent of 5,000 tonnes of food.

15 Oct 2009 description

Belgium has promised to help the World Food Programme (WFP) respond to the very serious food shortages facing Kenya, Pakistan and Ethiopia by giving the organisation €2.25 million, or 5,000 tonnes of food.

17 Apr 2009 description

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karel De Gucht, has decided to make more than 21 million euro of the budget for 2009 available for emergency aid.

A major part of the aid is foreseen for countries in Africa where complex crises occur, usually characterised by a lack of structural and/or political solutions (DR Congo, Somalia, Sudan etc).

28 Aug 2006 description

Suite aux inondations qui frappent actuellement l'Ethiopie et qui ont fait de nombreuses victimes, le Ministre des Affaires étrangères Karel De Gucht a décidé de débloquer, sur le budget aide d'urgence, une aide d'un montant de 200.000 EURO via Rode Kruis Vlaanderen. Cette aide humanitaire se compose de nourriture, de couvertures, de moustiquaires, de sets de cuisine, de plastic sheetings et de jerrycans.

07 Jun 2002 description

Press release by the Belgian Secretary of State - Eddy Boutmans

As a secondary result of a meeting between the Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and State Secretary Eddy Boutmans, an agreement between the two countries regarding food assistance was signed this afternoon.

A large part of Ethiopia is still afflicted by chronic food insecurity, with the result that ten percent of the population (of more than six million persons) is continuously subject to the threat of undernourishment.

The government of Ethiopia is therefore working on an ambitious programme to increase food …