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Horn of Africa: Food

International Development written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) is making long-term investments in safety net, disaster risk reduction and wealth creation programmes that aim to increase food security in the Horn of Africa.

In Ethiopia we are supporting 7.8 million people with cash and food aid transfers through the National Safety Net Programme which provides cash or food in return for work. We are also supporting a programme to create 60,000 new jobs that are not dependent on rain-fed agriculture.

In Kenya DFID is funding a hunger safety net programme which makes regular cash payments to 60,000 of the poorest households. Monitoring suggests that those receiving these payments are significantly more resilient to the current drought than others living in these regions.

In Somalia, my Department is currently supporting pastoralists and farmers to strengthen their resilience through emergency livelihood protection activities. We are also supporting a four-year wealth creation programme which aims to improve economic and employment prospects for women and young people in Somalia. It aims to create 45,000 long-term jobs by 2015.

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