(MENAFN- AzerNews) Australia on Monday announced that it will provide an additional
$29 million to humanitarian partners to respond to the growing food
security crisis and to assist vulnerable people in the Middle East
and Africa, Azernews reports, citing Anadolu Agency.
The package includes $15 million to address increased
humanitarian, displacement, and protection needs of people in
drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, $4 million
to provide food and nutrition support to the most vulnerable in
Yemen, and $10 million for food and monetary assistance to refugees
and vulnerable populations in Lebanon and Jordan, said Penny Wong,
Australia's foreign minister, in a statement.
"Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic rise in
the number of people at risk of acute food insecurity, increasing
to 350 million people globally," she said, adding that Canberra is
"deeply" concerned for those impacted by conflict, those facing
extreme hunger, and the consequences of crises on global stability
This package, she went on to say, builds on humanitarian support
already delivered, including $25 million in emergency assistance
announced in February to respond to growing global food insecurity
and humanitarian crises affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen,
Australia has also committed $6 million to support those
affected by the conflict in Sudan.
“Australia is using all elements of our national power to shape
the world for the better, including by providing humanitarian
assistance to the most vulnerable,” she added.
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