The European Union (EU) is providing funding totaling 66.5 million euros under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for four projects to address the destructive impacts of the El NiAo phenomenon in the Horn of Africa region, such as floods and droughts.

These actions are part of the EU global response to the El NiAo phenomenon, worth almost 550 million euros, of which 258.5 euros are allocated to countries in East Africa, an EU statement said here Tuesday.

The four resilience-oriented projects will contribute to peace-building and economic development, empowering vulnerable groups to meet food and nutrition needs as well as developing more efficient water management systems and resilient agricultural practices.

The projects also create income-generating opportunities to help poor households become self-sufficient and strengthen the capacity of local institutions for service delivery.

"This package of development assistance focuses on the four countries that are most severely hit by El NiAo and that are experiencing the highest levels of food insecurity -- Ethiopia (22.5 million euros), Somalia (8.0 million), South Sudan (28 million) and Sudan (8.0 million)," the statement said.

"It focuses on short and long-term solutions for vulnerable groups and combines measures for relief, rehabilitation and development."

Neven Mimica, the European Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development. said: "With these four actions we are providing an immediate response in the Horn of Africa. This clearly demonstrates the value of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa as a highly swift and responsive tool in critical situations."

Droughts and other climate change-related occurrences are a major driver of displacement in the region and in order to maximize the impact of EU action and to support a broader development response in the region, the package will be channeled through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

The Trust Fund, which aims at tackling instability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement, is already delivering actions worth 370 million euros in the Horn of Africa sub-region.


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