EU Provides Rapid Humanitarian Response to Address Drought Conditions in Afghanistan 

Following a mild winter with rain and snowfall below normal, the livelihood of large parts of the rural population is severely impacted, the European Union said.

EU in a statement said that the European Union is mobilizing additional humanitarian funds for immediate action, in the areas most affected in Afghanistan.

“The support, amounting to EUR 200 000, will target the provinces of Badghis, Baghlan and Faryab and will provide emergency food assistance,” the statement said.

“The EU stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, who for far too long have suffered the consequences of war, further exacerbated by recurrent natural disasters and Covid-19. The shortage of rainfall has a direct impact on the agriculture, as well as the availability of water for drinking, washing and sanitation. The humanitarian support announced today is therefore a quick and efficient response from the EU with the aim of providing lifesaving relief to the most vulnerable people,” said Arnout Pauwels, Deputy Head of the EU delegation.

According to the statement, the support is channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster Relief Emergency Fund, covering rural and remote areas which are already in critical food-insecure conditions.

“In 2021, the convergence of conflict and climate risks increases immediate needs and vulnerabilities, by exacerbating food and economic insecurity and health disparities, and by limiting access to support services.”

“In addition to humanitarian assistance as a rapid response to the upcoming drought, the EU, through its development cooperation with Afghanistan, is providing support to address challenges related to climate change, targeting the water and agriculture sector. The support also contributes to enhancing resilience to climate change and to improving rural livelihoods,” the statement added.

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