$25 Million USD Humanitarian Aid From EU To Address Drought In Southern Africa

21 Jan 2020 by Staff - Water Diplomat

The European Commission has announced a $25 Million USD aid package for southern Africa to support Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Lesotho and Eswatini in the wake of the harshest drought in decades.

“Many poor households in drought-affected areas in southern African countries are struggling to have enough food due to crop failure, reduced access to water and, in some places, unaffordable food prices in markets. EU humanitarian aid will help deliver food to those most in need and tackle the hunger crisis in fragile rural communities,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management.

Food and nutrition assistance in Zimbabwe totalling $18.5 Million USD will be deployed to improve access to clean water and provide basic health care and shelter for vulnerable people. It is estimated that over 7.5 million people in Zimbabwe are at risk of severe hunger, one of the worst food crises in the world. The remainder will be directed for food and nutrition support in Zambia, Lesotho, Madagascar and Eswatini.

Since January 2019, the European Union has allocated $75 Million USD for humanitarian assistance in the Southern Africa/Indian Ocean region. Much of this aid has been directed for immediate emergency relief after cyclones Idai and Kenneth, but it also includes post-event support including and climate adaptation measures.