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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

EC provides new support of €104 million for Kenya

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signed financing agreements with Kenya, together with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta. The support provided will focus, amongst others, on supporting smallholder agriculture through access to finance, training or market integration. Commissioner Mimica stated: "These projects, worth a total of €104 million, will have a real and tangible impact for Kenyan small holder farmers and for Kenyan people in general. In some of the dry parts of rural Kenya, farmers risk losing their crops or cattle during periods of drought. The Climate proofed water supply programme and the support to market integration of small holder farmers will help ease such problems." The first project, worth € 20 million, aims to provide water and sanitation facilities to close to 400,000 people in arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya through the Climate proofed water supply programme. Local governments, some 40 villages and the private sector will work in partnership to construct and manage medium sized water supply and public sanitation facilities. The project will engage and benefit women and will ensure that organizational structures are in place to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure. A €50 million project will support smallholder agriculture in Kenya, notably by helping it to increase productiveness, better adapt to evolving challenges and to integrate better into relevant markets. It will provide better access to finance, training and market integration to small holder farmers to allow them to graduate from subsistence farming. Finally, €34 million will be allocated to a programme for legal empowerment and aid delivery in Kenya, which targets 12 counties in the country. The project will address how the marginalisation of communities could be linked to their exposure to criminal activities, including radicalisation. These projects were signed at the margins of the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly that took place in Nairobi. At this occasion, Commissioner Mimica discussed the European Commission's recent proposal for a renewed partnership between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and the European Union, to follow the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in 2020. The Commission is proposing to maintain an umbrella agreement with the ACP region, based on shared values, objectives and approaches. This would go together with regional tailored partnerships for Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, which address the specific regional opportunities and challenges faced.

Source: European Commission