Preventing water crises
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Preventing water crises

European Union aid for drought-stricken Africa

The EU is contributing a further 50 million euro to alleviate drought damage in a number of Eastern and Central African countries. According to estimates, more than 4 million children and about 3 million pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are undernourished in the region.

The European Commission has decided to mobilise 50 million euros (16 billion forints) in urgent humanitarian aid to alleviate the food shortages and other supply problems caused by protracted drought in four countries in Eastern and Central Africa.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has stated that the primary aim of the EU aid package is to supply food to protect the victims of the drought against famine.

25 million euros of the package will be disbursed to Somalia, with 20 million going to Ethiopia, 3 million to Kenya
and 2 million euros for Uganda.

The budget will cover emergency food assistance and the provision of basic health services to children under five, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It will also include improving of water access for human and livestock consumption. In addition, the EU funds will also go towards assisting
humanitarian agencies operating in the region.

This year’s drought, which follows two poor rainy seasons, is threatening the livelihood of almost 13 million people in the region. After the severe droughts of 2016 and 2017, neither the households dependent on raising livestock nor the pastures or the livestock itself have been able to regenerate. Food prices increased significantly, making it more difficult for poor households to access basic food supplies.

According to estimates, more than 4 million children and about 3 million pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are undernourished in the region Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: European Commission

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