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13 July 2011

Over 11 million Africans face drought Updated: 19:04, Wednesday July 13, 2011 More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are confronting the worst drought in decades and need urgent assistance to stay alive, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.(..) The World Food Program said on Tuesday it was urgently scaling up food deliveries. But Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the agency must come up with $US189 ($A179) million more in donations to cover the $US477 million ($A452 million) that it needs to meet needs in the region.


13 July 2011

Australia will give $11.2 million in food aid to countries in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. (..) Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said Australia would give $11.2 million to organisations such as the World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to help meet urgent needs.


12 July 2011

But first, last week 10 million people in East Africa were in need of urgent help because of the drought there. Since then, the figure has gone up by another two million. At the same time, tens of thousands of people are still arriving in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. These people need food and shelter. David Orr is a spokesperson for the World Food Programme - they're in charge of getting food to those who need it.


12 July 2011

The long-suffering nations in the Horn of East Africa are enduring the worst drought conditions in more than half a century, and are at risk of "massive famine," Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), told The Huffington Post Wednesday. (..)On a recent visit to the refugee camps in the Ethiopian town of Dollo Ado, along the Somali border, World Food Program official Judith Schuler said she found the area flooded with refugees seeking food and water.


12 July 2011

Isaac Khisa Food prices across the east African region are likely to remain high due to low production resulting from low rainfall and high fuel prices, United States Agency for International Development says. (..) The British government also announced that it was giving £38 million emergency food aid to Ethiopia, following a warning from Josette Sheeran, the World Food Programme executive director that “desperate hunger” loomed across the Horn, “threatening the lives of millions”.


12 July 2011

Every day, 500g of boiled wheat is divided up between two adults, four children, a calf, a goat and a donkey in the Farah household. (..) Shahid Haji, of the World Food Programme (WFP), which supports the PSNP with food, said: "We are stuck in the emergency mode – people need aid. They have not had the chance to build any resilience."


12 July 2011

The British public has so far donated £9m to an appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella group of British charities, for people experiencing severe food shortages in east Africa. (..) The FSNA, started by the World Food Programme and funded by USAid, uses an integrated phase classification (IPC) five-point scale, ranging from "generally food secure" (1) to "catastrophe/famine" (5).


12 July 2011

The international community needs take immediate action to avert a food crisis in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. expert said. (..) The U.N. World Food Program said there is an evolving hunger crisis in the region brought on by lingering drought.


12 July 2011

The World Food Program said Tuesday it was urgently scaling up food deliveries. But WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the agency must come up with $189 million more in donations to cover the $477 million that it needs to meet needs in the region known as the Horn of Africa.


11 July 2011

(..) The appeal from the World Food Programme (WFP) came as the Rome-based UN agency is scaling up the delivery in the region of highly fortified, supplementary food products especially targeting children below the age of three.