THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
( Sea Island , Georgia )
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2004
FACT SHEET: ENDING FAMINE IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
President Bush and the other G-8 Leaders endorsed today a new initiative to help prevent famine by improving worldwide emergency assessment and response systems, raising agricultural productivity, and helping 5 million chronically food insecure people in Ethiopia attain food security by 2009.
The Challenge: Millions of people face hunger or food insecurity in E ritrea , Somalia , the Sudan , Kenya , and Uganda . At least five million Ethiopians are “chronically food insecure” , i.e., unable at some time in any year to secure an adequate supply of food for survival.
U.S. Leadership: President Bush believes that famine is a preventable tragedy and he is determined to do more. The United States is the world's leader in food aid, providing more than $1.4 billion in emergency aid and 56 percent of all contributions to the UN's World Food Program in FY 2003, a year of unusually high emergency food aid needs.
G-8 Action: President Bush led the G-8 in endorsing an initiative on Ending the Cycle of Famine in the Horn of Africa , which commits the G-8 to :
- Improve worldwide emergency assessment and response systems;
- Support programs to raise agricultural productivity and promote rural development in food insecure countries;
- Assist Ethiopia to attain food security for 5 million people by 2009; and
- Work with other donors to meet fully the emergency assistance needs in the Horn of Africa and other famine-prone regions.
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