News: Germany grants €20 million to FAO’s response to drought in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
Addis Ababa – Germany is providing aid of up to 20 million euros via the United Nations to alleviate the suffering of the ongoing severe drought in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
Following a historic drought, the United Nations estimates that around 13 million people are at risk of hunger. Ethiopia is experiencing a prolonged drought after three consecutive failed rainy seasons since late 2020, affecting 6.8 million people living in Oromia, SNNP, South West Regional State and Somalia, several parts of Southern and South Eastern Ethiopia including Somali (10 zones), Oromia (8 zones), South West (1 zone) and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples – SNNP (7 zones) regions . People living in these same areas barely managed to recover from the severe drought of 2017 to witness again such harsh conditions, the first signs of which began to appear towards the end of 2020. In Somalia, it is estimated that 1.4 million people could be displaced due to the current situation. drought and 7.7 million people, or half of the population, need humanitarian aid. Almost no rain has fallen in several parts of the Horn of Africa since late 2020.
Germany is granting 20 million euros to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to ensure that people living in areas particularly at risk of hunger can receive rapid aid. These funds are to be used, among other things, to provide more than 50,000 people in Somalia with food for their livestock. In Ethiopia, 26 dried up water points need to be restored. In Kenya, 15,000 families will receive humanitarian cash transfers. In parts of the three countries, rainfall has decreased by up to 70%. Some regions have even suffered
their lowest rainfall ever.
Nomadic pastoralists and herders are facing increasing difficulties. Countless families have lost their only source of income. With lack of rain also causing pastures to dry up, nomadic herders and their animals are increasingly turning to arable land. Agriculturally viable land is shrinking. Wells and irrigation systems are drying up. New conflicts arise as a result of competition for the scarcity of fields, pastures and water points. The consequences of armed conflicts in Ethiopia and Somalia as well as a locust invasion
in 2020 have further aggravated the situation.
“This funding demonstrates the German government’s fundamental approach to humanitarian aid. Its objective is to provide assistance as quickly and as early as possible in order to avoid or minimize damage. The German government has expanded its humanitarian aid to Africa in recent years. In 2021, it made available a total of €564 million for assistance on the African continent,” a statement from the German Embassy in Addis Ababa said. AS/Shipping