GLOBAL - €414 million of new money from the EU is going to support those countries most affected by the current food security crisis caused by El Niño and other factors.
This funding comes on top of the €125 million already mobilised in December 2015, bringing the EU's total contribution to €539 million, and was announced at a High Level Event in Brussels on "Innovative Ways for Sustainable Nutrition, Food Security and Inclusive Agricultural Growth".
European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides stated: "El Niño is having devastating consequences around the globe with 41 million people struggling to meet their food needs.
"The humanitarian situation in Africa is particularly worrying. The EU is taking action and this new support will allow us to step up our efforts and continue our support for the most vulnerable."
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica said: "This proposed new funding aims at combining short-term lifesaving support with strengthening long-term resilience to food crises by addressing the root causes of fragility and vulnerability.
"We can build on the past successes gained under our existing resilience initiatives to step up our efforts and provide a global response to this food security crisis which is currently affecting so many across the world."
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