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Horn of Africa - Food aid - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ Deputy Spokesperson

Paris, 17 August 2011 Retour à la table des matières

France is continuing to mobilize its efforts to respond to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. A plane carrying humanitarian cargo was sent to Djibouti on August 10; a ship loaded with humanitarian assistance will leave the port of Toulon on September 1.

The MN Eider, chartered by the Ministry of Defense, will transport 200 tons of foodstuffs to Djibouti. 50% of this assistance consists of donations of flour and sugar from the food processing companies "Grands Moulins de France" and "Grands Moulins de Paris," and from the French sugar industry. The other half of this assistance (rice) comes from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs thanks the companies and the Chairman of the Regional Council for the efforts that have allowed us to implement this action in support of the populations in need.

When it arrives, the humanitarian assistance will be given to the World Food Program for delivery to the recipient populations in Somalia and other countries in the region.

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