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12 Oct 2017 description

Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are on the verge of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

In September 2017, Australia provided $20 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan. This is in addition to the $19.3 million of humanitarian assistance provided to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya in May 2017.

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.

23 Mar 2012 description

In Australia, we take for granted being able to turn on a tap without getting sick, yet for many of the world’s poor, this simple act is fraught with danger.

Diarrhoea, spread through contaminated water, is the second leading cause of death among children under five. Nearly one in five child deaths—about 1.5 million each year—is due to diarrhoea.

Since 2007 the Australian aid program has provided 77,000 water and 5,000 sewerage connections for poor urban households in Indonesia.

23 Nov 2011 description

AusAID’s Director General, Peter Baxter, travelled to Mozambique and Zimbabwe from 9 to 14 November to discuss Australia’s aid program with key partners and open a new AusAID office in Harare.

'The completion and opening of the new AusAID office in Zimbabwe is a practical and symbolic gesture of the engagement between our two countries,' Mr Baxter said.

'Our work in Zimbabwe is part of our broader commitment to expand cooperation with Africa, which will continue as part of the Government’s new aid policy.'

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.

23 Sep 2010 description

Australia is committed to saving the lives of women and children in developing countries who die needlessly from pregnancy and childbirth related complications and common childhood illnesses.

At today's launch of the UN Secretary-General's 'Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health', the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced that Australia plans to spend at least $1.6 billion improving the health of women and children over the next five years.

This spending is part of Australia's commitment to increase total aid levels to 0.5 per cent of Gross …

05 Jun 2010 description

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22 Apr 2007 description

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Australia will provide $3 million for urgent humanitarian assistance in southern Africa.

We will provide $2 million through the World Food Programme (WFP) so it can continue to assist people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia where millions still face severe hardship and do not have ready access to food.

Our assistance through the Australian Government's international aid agency, AusAID, will support WFP programs for those most in need, including children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

In the past five years Australia has helped WFP provide food assistance to 14 million …

22 Sep 2005 description

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Australia is to provide a further $3 million for humanitarian relief assistance to southern Africa, where an estimated 10 million people are at risk from the triple threat of drought, HIV/AIDS and reduced governance capacity.

Of the contribution, $2.5 million will go to the World Food Programme (WFP) for emergency food aid through its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation for southern Africa.

The remaining $500,000 in assistance will be channelled through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide urgent relief and recovery through food security and …

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14 Jun 2002 description

Australia will provide $10 million for projects to improve food security in Southern Africa, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Chris Gallus, MP, announced today.

The projects will be carried out through Australian non-government organisations over the next three years.

Mrs Gallus said this was in addition to the $2.5 million announced earlier this month for an emergency feeding program in central and Southern Mozambique and $2 million announced in March for emergency drought assistance in Zimbabwe.

'Southern Africa is facing a very …

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05 Apr 2000 description

MEDIA RELEASE - AA 00 020 05 Apr 2000


I am pleased to announce that Australia will contribute $1.5 million to assist in de-mining activities and malaria prevention in Mozambique.

With the fear that the flood waters may have dislodged landmines in a number of areas of Mozambique, land mine surveys, physical landmine removal and mine awareness campaigns will be intensified. Efforts will concentrate particularly in and around the centres that have been established to house the 450,000 people who have lost their homes in the floods.