Commission allocates €2.5 million in humanitarian aid for drought-affected populations in Kenya

The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson, is providing a further €2.5 million to help people affected by drought in North and North-East Kenya. In these regions, poor rains during 2001 meant that agricultural production did not recover from the 1999-2000 drought, the worst Kenya has experienced in three decades. The new decision, which targets some 70,000 pastoralists, is part of a comprehensive and integrated ECHO support programme already being implemented. The extra funds will support a range of health/nutrition, livestock, and water/sanitation activities. The aims are to alleviate immediate suffering and prepare vulnerable communities for future droughts. The funding is being channelled through partner NGOs and UN agencies. Since 1998, the Commission has provided €10.645 million in humanitarian assistance to Kenya.