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News || Saturday, 01 October 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Cites Souktel in Remarks on East Africa Food Crisis

As the food crisis in Somalia and Kenya worsens, and the U.S. government ramps up its response, Sec. Hillary Clinton has been offering a series of updates. In a speech on August 11, hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute, she outlined her reaction to "the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world today."

Addressing the various possibilities for aid delivery, Clinton explained the ways in which she and her colleagues were "looking [for] innovative ideas for reducing hunger and food insecurity”. Among them, she noted that the State Department will now begin “working with a tech company on the ground in Africa called Souktel to text life-saving information to people across the region, so they know where relief can be found."

In the weeks ahead, as this cooperation takes shape, Souktel will provide regular Twitter updates on these efforts to help combat the crisis through mobile services. To hear or read Sec. Clinton’s speech in its entirety, click here.