The EU is indeed concerned about the severe drought affecting Ethiopia, as well as for its great impact on Kenya and Somalia, with emergency food assistance being considered as the key priority. As Ethiopia continues to recover from the 2015-16 drought, the new drought is unfolding in the South and the South-East, affecting similar geographical areas to the 2011 drought.
In 2017, the Commission’s humanitarian funding allocation for Ethiopia will mainly be used under two pillars. The first one englobes first-line emergency response and refugees’ assistance by providing basic life-saving services, enhancing refugee self-reliance and supporting the establishment of new sites/camps in case of new influxes of refugees.
The second pillar foresees emergency response by being able to offer a swift reaction to small-scale man‐made and natural disasters, including actions related to the new drought induced by the Indian Ocean Dipole.
In parallel, the Commission is preparing an additional package to help the countries of the Horn of Africa to cope with the drought effects, out of which EUR 15 million for Ethiopia alone.
These additional funds will support humanitarian partners already responding to the needs of the drought-affected populations in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, prioritising emergency food assistance and treatment of malnutrition, together with support for projects addressing water supply (emergency and sustainable systems) and livestock protection, the main source of livelihood across large swathes of the drought-affected area.