EU Announces Emergency Humanitarian Aid Funding For Troubled Zimbabwe

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Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the EU; Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council (File Photo: EU).

Harare: THE European Union (EU) has announced that it is providing an
additional €10 million in funding (about USD 11.15 million) to help
address growing humanitarian needs in Zimbabwe.

“The European Union is stepping up its support to the people of
Zimbabwe. Our assistance will support those most in need during the
most critical period until their next harvest.

“We stand in solidarity with them at this time of need, by providing
support for essential food needs and helping people get back on their
own two feet,” said Christos Stylianides, the European Union’s
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

EU humanitarian support will aim to alleviate the impact of food
shortages on the most vulnerable people whose livelihoods has been
affected by recurring climate disasters combined with the high cost of
food and agricultural inputs, such as seeds.

It will provide assistance to meet immediate food needs and livelihood
support, such as aid that allows beneficiaries to buy seeds in time to
restart their agricultural activities.

Over 5.5 million people in Zimbabwe are in urgent need of food aid
owing to the climatic induced drought, humanitarian agencies have
said.

Since 2014, the European Union has supported the Southern Africa and
Indian Ocean region with over €125 million (approx. USD 140 million)
in humanitarian aid for disaster preparedness funding, emergency
relief response, and food assistance.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Zimbabwe



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