Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the severe drought threatening more than 12 million Africans with starvation must be addressed by global agriculture and nutrition initiatives.

In a speech at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Clinton said the United States was providing another $17 million in emergency food aid to the Horn of Africa, with $12 million going to humanitarian operations in Somalia. That brings total U.S. assistance to the region to more than $580 million this year.

“While we hurry to deliver life-saving assistance, we must also maintain our focus on the future by continuing to invest in long-term food security in countries that are susceptible to drought and food shortages,” she said. The basic idea is that teaching people to feed themselves means less need for emergency – and more expensive – operations later.”