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EU announces Sh4.3bn to boost Kenya’s food security

Farmer working on a maize plantation. The European Union has announced a Sh4.3 billion fund to address food security in Kenya, often affected by recurrent drought.  . Photo/File
Farmer working on a maize plantation. The European Union has announced a Sh4.3 billion fund to address food security in Kenya, often affected by recurrent drought. . Photo/File 

The European Union has announced a Sh4.3 billion fund to address food security in Kenya, often affected by recurrent drought.

The money will be will be dedicated to health, nutrition, water supply, and sanitation with a particular focus on women and children who are the first victims of drought and hunger.

A statement from the EU commission noted that the fund is a part of a new €250 million (Sh27.3 billion) EU initiative, "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.

"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.” EU commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, noted.

“The initiative (SHARE) shows the EU's determination to continue the fight against hunger and avoid the suffering of millions of people living in the vulnerable regions of the Horn of Africa," he added

Mr Piebalgs, who was on tour in Kenya, said 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.

The SHARE initiative seeks to provide support to the drought-affected regions of the Horn of Africa, improve disaster preparedness and link humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

The first phase (2012-2013), funded with more than Sh27.3 billion, foresees measures in the drought-affected areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti. It seeks to improve the resilience of communities and give better access to safe water and nutrition.

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