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29 Oct 2011 description
  1. Effective and cooperative action to secure long-term food security and improved nutrition in developing countries is a priority shared by all Commonwealth countries, as reflected in the Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles. The humanitarian crisis now affecting the Horn of Africa is a tragic reminder of the chronic food insecurity that afflicts many parts of that continent.

15 Jul 2011 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today announced New Zealand will provide a total of NZ$2 million in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa due to severe drought.

“Up to 10 million people are starving across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, including 2.5 million people in Somalia and 3.2 million people in Ethiopia,” Mr McCully said.

“The international assessment is that the situation is deteriorating rapidly. Dramatic increases in food prices and prolonged civil conflict in Somalia are worsening the crisis.

06 Oct 2008 description

Prime Minister and Acting Foreign Minister Helen Clark today announced that $1.5 million has been allocated to international organisations responding to natural disasters through NZAID (New Zealand's international aid and development agency).

"As a concerned member of the international community it is important that New Zealand supports bodies and agencies that respond to natural disasters and provide humanitarian assistance to those in need," Helen Clark said.

"Today's announcement will see $1 million contributed to the World Food Programme's (WFP) appeal …

20 Dec 2006 description

New Zealand is contributing $2 million to relief efforts in Africa following two humanitarian crises caused by extreme weather conditions, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

27 Jan 2006 description

New Zealand would be contributing $400,000 to the United Nations for efforts towards easing the current food crisis in the East Africa, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today.

"Our international aid and development agency, NZAID, has been monitoring the situation in Kenya and surrounding countries and advise the situation is worsening day-by-day. It is important that New Zealand do what it can to help.

"The seasonal rains expected in the region have not eventuated and many areas are now experiencing severe drought.