EU Pledges $2M to Drought-hit Afghanistan

The European Commission has pledged an additional €1.5 million ($2 million) in aid for drought-hit Afghanistan, bringing its total contribution to the crisis to €4.5 million.

The funding will be used to provide food to about 72,000 drought victims in Afghanistan. It will be channeled through the commission’s humanitarian partners and through unconditional cash transfers or cash-for-work schemes.

Limited snow and rainfall have resulted in drought in 14 provinces in the country, affecting close to 3 million people. The European Union has been monitoring the situation since June and has been working to enhance the Panj-Amu river basin, which represents 40 percent of the country’s water resource.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.