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13 Oct 2017 description

International Needs Australia (INA) is empowering farmers in the Buwikwe, Mukono and Kayanga Districts in Uganda, improving their knowledge and skills in farming methods and inputs, to increase food security and household income.

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.

29 May 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide further assistance to the millions of people across Africa forced from their homes, with more than ten million estimated to be on the verge of starvation due to ongoing conflict and widespread drought.

An additional $19.3 million in support will provide emergency food, healthcare, water and sanitation to people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.

02 Jun 2014 description

Australia and the United Kingdom are working together to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict and other situations of armed violence.

The Australian Dialogue on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, held today at Parliament House in Canberra, unites experts across government, non-government organisations and academia to discuss ways to address and respond to sexual violence.

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.

24 Aug 2012 description

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia will deliver $6.7 million to support women in developing countries who had suffered violence or retribution like acid attacks, rape and physical assault.

The announcement follows talks in Canberra this morning with Executive Director of UN Women and former Chilean President, Ms Michelle Bachelet.

"Australia is committed to the work of UN Women in protecting women and girls from violence, particularly in the Asia-Pacific," Senator Carr said.

02 Mar 2012 description

AusAID and USAID have jointly funded research conducted by GSMA mWomen which looks at the wants and needs of women in developing countries, and how mobile technology might improve their day to day lives.

The research report, ‘PORTRAITS—A Glimpse into the Lives of Women at the Base of the Pyramid‘ is the result of discussions with over 2,500 women living on less than $2 per day.

Researchers surveyed women in Egypt, India, Papua New Guinea and Uganda, with secondary research contributions from many other parts of the world.

20 Jul 2011 description

Joint media release:

Prime Minister
Minister for Foreign Affairs

20 July 2011

The Australian Government is responding rapidly to the emerging crises to provide food rations and other emergency relief to some 6.7 million people caught in the Horn of Africa's worst drought in 60 years.

13 Jul 2011 description

The Australian Government is helping feed people in desperate need of assistance following consecutive droughts across the Horn of Africa.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the UN has described the food shortages as the most severe humanitarian crisis in the world today.

“Southern Somalia is the worst hit, with a third of children under 5 malnourished,” Mr Rudd said.

“More than ten million people in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are affected, and thousands of Somalis are arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia every month in search of assistance.”

15 Jun 2011 description

The Australian Government has committed to providing more than seven million children with lifesaving vaccinations through its new pledge to the GAVI Alliance.

Attending the opening of the GAVI 'Saving Children's Lives' conference in London on Monday 13 June, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced that Australia will provide an additional $140 million from 2011 to 2013 to support the GAVI Alliance in its efforts to combat two of the biggest childhood killers in the developing world—pneumonia from pneumococcal disease and diarrhoea triggered by rotavirus.

05 Jun 2010 description

Australian Government

AusAID Media Release


23 Sep 2007 description

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The Australian Government has announced plans to provide urgently needed food, blankets, shelter and clean water to victims of the flood crisis in Africa.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Greg Hunt said Australia would give $1.5 million to help aid agencies on the ground to deliver essential needs.

"We are extremely concerned by the loss of life and devastation caused by flooding which has spread across west, central and east Africa," Mr Hunt said.

"The worst floods in decades have displaced well over a million people in 17 …

06 Apr 2007 description

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

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 …