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- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
I am delighted to have the opportunity today to address the Foreign Affairs Committee on the subject of the food crises in the Horn of Africa and in southern Africa.
As we look forward to Christmas the figures concerning famine emanating from Africa are stark. They serve as a damning indictment of our collective failure to address the needs of the most vulnerable at the beginning of a new millennium.
It is estimated that at least 28 million people will be affected by the current food shortages in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.
Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Tom Kitt TD, today leaves for a weeklong visit to Southern Africa which will conclude in Johannesburg at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
The Minister, who recently announced a further pledge of over €5M in emergency aid to tackle the current food crisis in Southern Africa, wishes to witness first hand the current challenges facing both the developing countries which are affected as well as those providing assistance.
Mr. Tom Kitt, TD, the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance & Human Rights, today announced a major new package of Government funding of 3.69 million in support of emergency responses to the massive food shortages which are already taking a tragic human toll across Southern Africa, saying,
The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance & Human Rights, Liz O'Donnell, today announced Government humanitarian assistance of €4.74 m in response to a number of ongoing or forgotten emergencies, including the deepening food crisis in Malawi and neighbouring countries.