The Hague, 8th of March 2007 - EuronAid, Operational network of NGOs active in the field of Food Aid, Food Security and Emergency Relief, is sending his Southern Africa Representative, Mr Aad Driessen, to conduct a mission in Mozambique starting the 12th of March 2007.
As a recognized Humanitarian Procurement Centre and Central Buying Office by the European Commission, EuronAid will meet International NGOs and humanitarian actors to coordinate a procurement planning fitting the needs in the actual situation but also the needs for the upcoming …
EuronAid has been approached by some of its partners with requests for support in the preparation and implementation of emergency interventions in Niger, in response to the current food crisis.
(Extract from EuronAid Memo 05 2003)
Harare, 24th of September 2003 - In an effort to step up assistance for the population of Zimbabwe during the actual shortage of staple food and basic agricultural inputs, EuronAid, an association of European NGOs involved in food aid/food security and the Government of Zimbabwe have yesterday signed an Agreement, which enables the agency to improve the efficiency of its program implemented together with Zimbabwean and international NGOs and funded by the European Commission.
The European Commission has awarded a grant of 50 million euros to EuronAid for the implementation of the Action entitled ' 2003 Food Aid and Food Security programmes through NGOs via EuronAid'.
The Contract comes into effect immediately and the Action's implementation period, as laid down by the Contract, is 42 months.
1. Justification of aid for food security
1.1 Situation of Food Security
Martin Winterhoff from the EuronAid Technical Services was in South Africa and Zambia from the 3rd - 17th of August undertaking procurement and logistics activities.
The European Commission has recently allocated a number of projects to NGOs via EuronAid for Zimbabwe. Since then, more requests have been received in support of the Southern African region and for Zimbabwe in particular.
- The proposals should be targeted, reflecting
the variability of food insecurity in Zimbabwe. Targeting could be geographic
or other vulnerable target groups could also be considered such as food
insecure and poor urban population and commercial farm workers now jobless.
- NGOs will be aware of current sensitivities.
Proposals should demonstrate transparent beneficiary-identification and
distribution procedures as well as steps to monitor transparent and objective
The European Commission has committed a €28 million package to promote rural recovery and food security projects in Afghanistan.
The NGO community* would like to recognize the spirit of openness with which we were invited to attend this meeting of the Implementation Group.
A Seminar organized by Euronaid and
Brussels, 14 February 2002
Emergency relief has been mainly concentrating along front-lines, in areas most affected by the drought, and where large concentration of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) has been built up, both during the internal fighting and as a result of last months' US-led bombardments. Areas around Mazar-i-Sharif, Kabul, Jalalabad and Herat have received special attention and concentration, also because of their population density.
Infrastructure has been mainly concentrating around Kabul where authorities were more willing to allow such activities, but mainly because access to material has been easier. However, some infrastructure work, especially repair and maintenance of access roads has been closely linked to food security projects. In the latter case, food security and infrastructure activities have had favourable affects on each other.
Health and education activities have been closely linked to the main factors of access, stability and areas around major cities, such in and around Kabul, Herat and Jalalabad.
Food security and agriculture concentrate mainly in Eastern provinces between Wardak, Kabul, Jalalabad and Kunar because oflong presence of NGOs in those areas and in the West, especially around the triangle Herat-Badghis-Ghor because of political and military stability. For instance, Mazar-i-Sharif changed hands between Taliban and the Northern Alliance, but also between different factions of Northern Alliance, several times from 1994 onwards, while Herat was taken over once by the Taliban in 1995 to remain so until the US-led military operations drove them out of the region.
NGO presence in Afghanistan has been closely
related to four main factors.
- Stability and security, for example in the Western provinces, especially Herat;
- Access and close proximity to neighbouring countries, e.g. Eastern provinces close to borders with Pakistan;
- Population density, areas around major cities of Kabul, Jalalabad, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif;
- Drought affected areas, including the Western regions, Northern areas close to Central Asia Republics and parts of the eastern and Southern provinces.
Problems associated with the involvement of international military forces in the delivery of humanitarian aid - Statement drafted by CARE Afghanistan in collaboration with Oxfam and Mercy Corps and adopted by the NGO Forum in Afghanistan.
According to an informal EC working document
from December 2001 the following major interventions will probably be available
for Afghanistan in the near future:
Humanitarian assistance through ECHO
The following allocations will be based on a thorough assessment and will depend on the actual situation (access, security etc.).
January / February: +/- € 10 million
by Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief, Afghan NGO Coordinating Bureau, and Islamic Coordinating Council