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AusAID Media Release
BOB MCMULLAN MP
FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
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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 …
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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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Australia will provide a further $5 million for victims of the food shortage in Southern Africa, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Chris Gallus, announced today.
'The humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa is now extremely serious,' said Mrs Gallus.
'More than 14 million people are affected by food shortage and the long-term outlook is worsening as the drought continues.'
Mrs Gallus said the high incidence of HIV/AIDS was compounding the problem because it prevented large numbers of people from working their farms.
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 …