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Monday, 29 May 2017

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday received confirmation of a contribution of over 4.3 million USD from Germany towards the food needs of refugees sheltered in Ethiopia. In a press realese sent The Ethiopian Herald , the WFP said the new funding will help the program to provide monthly food rations and cash-based transfers for over 600,000 refugees from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia for the rest of 2016 and for the next two years. German Ambassador to Ethiopia Joachim Schmidt said " For Germany, refugee issues have a high political priority. We are happy to provide this contribution in order to improve the living conditions of refugees in Ethiopia."

The Netherlands has affirmed that it would continue focusing on providing Tanzania with knowledge and skills on priority sector of agriculture and food security in helping the country's transformation. Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Hinke Nauta, said in Dar es Salaam recently that the agriculture and food security gained more attention because the Netherlands and Tanzania have longstanding cooperation on the sector. She noted this at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam during the farewell part for 50 Tanzanians who have been selected under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) to go for studies in Netherlands.

The German government has made available 1.2 million euros (about 1.4 million US dollars) to support households affected by drought in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane. According to a German embassy press release, this sum will be managed by two non-governmental organisations, namely CARE and Welthungerhilfe (German Agrarian Action). “The German government has provided CARE and Welthungerhilfe with 700,000 euros and 500,000 euros, respectively, to support the neediest households in Inhambane”, announced the release.

The European Commission says it's adopted its highest ever humanitarian aid budget to date, totalling 1.1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) for 2016. Conflict and the related refugee crises have prompted the increase. Announcing a 20-percent hike in the bloc's aid budget on Friday, the European Commission said around 40 percent of its 1.1 billion euros in proposed funding - or 445 million euros - will go to the victims of the Syrian crisis. "The tragic images of children from Aleppo sadly show all too clearly the real human suffering of millions of people around the world caught up in humanitarian crises," a joint statement from EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU aid commissioner Christos Stylianides said.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The European Union Tuesday announced that it was making available EURO 50,000 (One Euro =US$1.29 cents) to Belize in humanitarian funding following the passage of Hurricane Earl last week. The EU said that the funding to assist the most affected populations. The storm, which hit the country on August 4 as a Category One hurricane, caused widespread damage and the authorities are still assessing its impact. Schools, markets, airports and ports were closed, and water supplies affected in several parts of the country.

British Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) has committed K50 billion humanitarian aid to address food shortage in the country. DFID Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock disclosed this on Thursday during an audience with President Peter Mutharika at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe. Lowcock said the UK Government will continue to provide its both humanitarian and development support to the people of Malawi, as they embark on implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WFP has recently expanded its use of cash transfers to several other camps across Ethiopia, and, with the addition of the two new sites, now supports 10 refugee camps with cash. This increase has been made possible thanks to the valuable support of WFP's donors and, in particular, a new contribution of €85 million (approximately US$92 million) from the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, which will also help strengthen the resilience of Ethiopians affected by El Niño and support the WFP-led logistics cluster. "Despite the immense challenges posed by the worst drought in decades, Ethiopia has maintained its open-door policy for refugees.

The European Commission has released €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to South Sudan in the wake of recent clashes in the country. The donation, the Commission said in a statement, brings to €103 million its total support for the young nation for 2016. An outbreak of violence in the young nation early this month has displaced more than 40,000 people, agencies said, as the renewed fighting threatens peace and stability. "The recent deadly escalation of hostilities in South Sudan is extremely worrying and threatens the very fragile situation in the country. The EU stands by those most in need caught up in the conflict.

The European Commission is providing additional humanitarian assistance to help address the worsening situation in the Lake Chad region. Today the European Commission has announced an additional €12.5 million in humanitarian aid to support people in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as they face a deteriorating humanitarian crisis. Today's additional emergency assistance will help vulnerable populations in the Lake Chad region. €9 million will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2 million in Cameroon and €1.5 million in Niger.

The Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston Recovery Project is calling for proposals to improve the production and trading capabilities of agriculture, forestry and aquaculture farmers whose local and export trade has been adversely affected. IRP is managed by the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the European Union. The EU has provided around $4.6m to support recovery efforts through the IRP project.