Commission grants further food aid to ease effects of drought crisis in Kenya

In response to the food shortage caused by the current drought in Kenya, the European Commission has decided to finance a further shipment of 25000 metric tonnes of cereals to the country. This supplementary aid is to be channelled through the World Food Programme (WFP). This contribution comes on top of 20000 metric tonnes delivered earlier this year, thus bringing the total for 2000 to 45000 metric tonnes, equivalent in monetary terms to euro 17.7 million. In addition, euro 3 million of funds have been set aside for small scale food security projects which are aimed at helping local populations grow their own food and improve their food self-sufficiency.
It is recalled in July of this year that the Commission allocated the World Food Programme a global amount of euro 90 million with a view to covering current food needs in the world, in particular Africa. Besides the provision of food aid, the Commission, via its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), recently allocated euro 2 million to Kenya in the form of emergency humanitarian aid. This aid financed nutritional, water, health and livestock projects managed by ECHO's partners in the field (Unicef, Action Contre la Faim and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières) in North East Kenya where the drought has hit hardest. A further allocation in the order of euro 2 million of ECHO funds directed at drought alleviation is currently being prepared. The European Union is the second largest food donor to Kenya. It is concerned by the consequences of the drought in the region as a whole. The member of the European Commission for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Mr Poul Nielson, will visit Kenya and the Horn of Africa in October.