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Food aid to Fiji

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17 January ]980


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Peacock, said in Canberra today that Australia was providing approximately $250,000 worth of flour and vegetable oil as follow-up support for victims of Hurrican Meli which struck Fiji last March. This assistance is in addition to the $170,000 emergency relief provided in the aftermath of the hurricane.

Although a significant number of people affected by the hurricane have now returned to their normal lives, relief programs for some 17,300 people will continue for several more months until these people are able to re-establish themselves.

The relief program is being directed by the United Nations World Food Program, which each year, receives substantial support from Australia and other donors for emergency and development work in developing countries.

This support is part of a wider Australian food aid program worth approximately $60 million, whereby the Government purchases each year within Australia in excess of 300,000 tonnes of food grains, mainly wheat, flour and rice, but also milk powder, meat and other food commodities, for relieving hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.