HARARE, (Xinhua) --
The European Union has given 2.49 million U.S.
dollars to Zimbabwe to help families facing hunger due to the El
Nino-induced drought last year.
The drought left a
quarter of the country’s population in need of food aid, with
the lean season peaking from January to March 2017.
The EU said in a
statement Thursday that the additional financial support is
being delivered through the EU’s Directorate-General for
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
The aid came barely
five months after the EU allocated another 8 million dollars
from the reserve of the 11th European Development
Fund to address the impact of the crises through various
allocation brings the total contribution by the EU to combat the
crisis to 106 million euros (approximately 114 million dollars),
the EU said.
experienced in southern parts of the country had also
exacerbated the already fragile situation, the EU said.
funding, according to the EU, will allow EU’s implementing
partners, including the UN World Food Programme and Save the
Children to increase the reach of actions started in 2016 until
the end of the lean season.
The Save the
Children project targets over 58,000 affected people in four
districts with humanitarian food assistance through mobile cash
transfers while the WFP project targets over 67,000
beneficiaries, assisting them through cash transfers.
“The worst has been
avoided and we now have to prepare for the future, building more
resilient communities against future climate shocks and other
hazards,” said EU Head of Delegation Philippe Van Damme.