, BRUSSELS, October 16 – The European Commission on Thursday announced 15 million euros of emergency food aid for victims of drought and soaring food prices in five east African countries including Kenya.
More than 10 million people will benefit from the new funding, with the biggest share going to Ethiopia and Somalia and smaller amounts to Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti.
The money released by the EU’s executive arm will help provide food aid, including supplies for malnourished children, along with short-term support for farmers, including the distribution of seeds and tools.
"In some parts of the world, a major catastrophe is brewing because growing numbers of people don’t have enough food to survive," said EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel, speaking on World Food Day.
"The Commission has responded to these urgent needs by dramatically increasing its food assistance to the most vulnerable."
So far this year the commission has provided 134.5 million euros worth of humanitarian aid for countries in the region, including 30 million euros to improve drought preparedness in the region.