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Horn of Africa: Commission allocates €30 million decision for drought preparedness


The European Commission is providing €30 million in humanitarian aid to improve drought preparedness in the Greater Horn of Africa. The lives and livelihoods of around 12 million people are at risk in the region because of recurrent severe droughts. The Commission's aim is to reduce their vulnerability by helping communities to improve their response to and preparedness for recurrent drought cycles. Nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralists in seven countries (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda) will benefit from the assistance. The new funding will bring the Commission's total humanitarian support for vulnerable people in the Greater Horn of Africa to almost €460 million since 2005. All funds are channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department under the responsibility of Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.