Australia donates US$2m to Kenya

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Australia has donated humanitarian assistance worth US$2 million to mitigate the current food crisis facing Kenya, the Kenyan government said in a statement here.
The humanitarian assistance was announced in the Ethiopian capital during Kenya's Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula's discussions with his Australian counterpart, Hon Stephen Smith, on the sidelines of the 12th African Union heads of state summit.
According to the statement, the two ministers "expressed concern over the growing food security crisis in the Horn of Africa that has also affected Kenya.
" It said Australian non-governmental organisations working in Kenya shall receive US$ 1 million funding to provide relief to people affected by the food shortages.
It said additional funding would be channelled through the World Food Programme (WFP), "which has been providing relief food to about 1.
5 million Kenyans affected by the post-election violence and the current drought.
" The total Australian assistance to Kenya since 2003 stands at US$ 22 million.
Last month, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki declared the current food emergency facing the country a National Disaster and launched a campaign to raise over Ksh37 billion (US$480 million) required to address the urgent situation.

01 february 2009 10:27:00

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