EU’s €50mln Support to Tackle Drought in East Africa

ADDIS ABEBA – The European Commission says it is mobilizing a further €50 million in emergency humanitarian funding to help the people hit by drought in the Horn of Africa.

With many in the region relying on livestock herding and subsistence farming, the prolonged drought is having devastating consequences on food availability and livelihoods.

Today’s additional funding brings total EU humanitarian aid to the region to €366.5 million since 2018.

“The EU is stepping up its support for the people affected by a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa. During my several visits to countries in the region, I have seen first-hand how much climate extremes are affecting this part of Africa,” said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

“Our funding will help extend humanitarian assistance in the affected areas, helping communities ward off the risk of famine,” Stylianides added.

Funding from this aid package will support drought-affected communities in Somalia (€25 million), Ethiopia (€20 million), Kenya(€3 million) and Uganda (€2 million).

The aid will finance emergency food assistance and assistance to address immediate food needs; the provision of basic health services and the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in children under five years of age, and in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, among others.

In addition, EU aid will contribute to assisting humanitarian agencies in the region to pre-emptively scale up their actions in the hardest-hit areas.

A spell of drought, following two poor rain seasons in a row, has put almost 13 million people in need of emergency food assistance across the region.

Over 4 million children are estimated to be acutely malnourished, in addition to around 3 million malnourished pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Photo Caption: A woman in a community meeting in Somaliland. [Pablo Tosco/Oxfam]