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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.

27 Sep 2012 description

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced $14 million in Australian funding for the Sahel humanitarian crisis during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, bringing Australia’s total contribution so far to $44 million.

The Australian Government continues to be concerned about the situation across the Sahel region of West Africa. More than 18 million people are at risk of food insecurity, with more than four million children at risk of malnutrition.

09 Feb 2012 description

Media release


9 February 2012

Australia is responding quickly to prevent a deepening food shortage in the Sahel region in Africa and address urgent humanitarian needs in Sudan and South Sudan.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said that millions of people in the Sahel are in need of food following drought, reduced crop harvests and people movements from other parts of Africa affected by conflict, such as Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

23 Sep 2004 description

Australia will contribute $300,000 to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to help control a locust plague which is sweeping across countries in northwest and west Africa. These countries include Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Niger.

The locust plague is the result of good rains and high pasture and crop growth in the affected countries. It is estimated that so far between three to four million hectares of land are infested. Mauritania has been hit hardest with up to 40 percent of pastures and 10 percent of vegetables damaged.