Kenya + 2 more

Commission provides a further €5 million to help drought victims in the Horn of Africa


IP/06/136

The European Commission has allocated further €5 million in an emergency humanitarian aid decision to strengthen the resilience of people living in areas of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia affected by severe drought. The objective is to help improve the situation of up to 5.6 million vulnerable people, providing them with water, food and healthcare and protecting their livestock herds.

Commissioner Louis Michel, responsible for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said: "Starvation threatens if we don't act quickly. The €5 million announced today is part of a major ongoing effort by the Commission to help people affected by the severe drought. It will be used immediately to provide urgently-needed water, food and basic healthcare as well as to support the livestock that most people in the region rely upon."

So far, the Commission has allocated €73 million for drought-related interventions in response to the current crisis. It has a two-pronged approach involving the provision of relief assistance under the humanitarian aid budget (€12 million to date) and of support aimed at tackling the effects of the drought in the medium and longer term (€61 million). The latter involves financing mainly from the food aid/food security budget line and from the European Development Fund (EDF).

Mr Michel stressed that "the plight of the Horn of Africa will continue to get our full attention. The 'long rains' are due in May but if they don't come, we could be facing a terrible situation, for which we must be prepared. That is why we propose to earmark further funding of almost €40 million in the coming weeks and months, taking the total to €112.6 million. We recognise that more effort is needed in the face of such huge needs and I hope that other humanitarian actors will also boost their response."

The additional funding planned includes €9.6 million for Kenya, €10 million for Ethiopia, €9 million for Somalia and €11 million for a regional humanitarian aid programme to boost drought preparedness. A substantial proportion of these new resources will be earmarked to support the efforts of the World Food programme in the stricken regions.


European Commission drought-related assistance for the Horn of Africa
Already allocated*
Humanitarian
Longer term aid
Kenya
€2m
Ethiopia
€1m
€25m
Somalia
€4m
€36m
Regional
€5m
Sub-total
€73m
In the pipeline
Humanitarian
Longer term aid
Kenya
€5m
€4.6m
Ethiopia
€10m
Somalia
€9m
Regional
€11m
Sub-total
€39.6m
Overall total
€112.6 million
* The Commission's humanitarian and development decisions often cover a range of activities and programmes. The table only lists amounts from recent or planned decisions that are specifically drought-related.