Food crisis in the Horn of Africa
Paris, August 25, 2011
In the face of the unprecedented famine affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti and threatening more than 12 million people, France announced on 1 August a tripling of her bilateral emergency aid, bringing it to €30 million in credits from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. (…)
This bilateral aid of €30 million is in addition to our share (€27 million) of the credits released by the European Commission in aid of the region (€158 million), making a total French contribution of nearly €60 million.
In July, in the framework of her G20 presidency, France galvanized the international community on the basis of the Action Plan on food price volatility and agriculture, adopted on 23 June:
An emergency meeting was organized at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome on 25 July, at the request of the French Ministers of Foreign and European Affairs, Agriculture and Cooperation;
M. Bruno Le Maire [Minister of Agriculture] visited Kenya at the end of July with Jacques Diouf, the FAO Director-General, and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).
France also committed herself to making the delivery of the aid secure:
Firstly, through Operation Atalanta, which protects World Food Programme convoys from piracy off Somalia;
Secondly, through the bilateral training activities we are conducting for the benefit of the African contingents of AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) which are responsible for making the Somali capital safe. (…)./.