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Kenya: New EU support to strengthen food security among vulnerable mothers and children

During his visit to Kenya, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced new support to address food security in Kenya, which is often affected by recurrent drought. Up to €40 million will be dedicated to nutrition, water supply and livelihood support. Mothers and children will be in particular focus of this initiative, as they are the first victims of drought and hunger. The funding comes as a part of the new €250 million EU initiative, called "Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience (SHARE)", to support the people in the Horn of Africa to recover from the recent drought and to strengthen the population and regional economy to better withstand future crises.

Commissioner Piebalgs said: "During the recent crisis hunger has threatened more than 13 million people in the Horn of Africa. The EU has done all it could to help the suffering people, but now we have to cure the disease, not only fight the symptoms. This new initiative will help Kenyans and people in the Horn to recover from the food crisis by swiftly linking short-term humanitarian response with long -term support for resilience to future droughts. These may continue to happen, but famine is a man-made disaster and can be prevented. The EU will strengthen its work in the areas of agriculture and food security, by making sure all parts of the chain, from production to sale, are addressed at regional level."

For more information: IP/12/443



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