The Kingdom of the Netherlands has extended 22.7 million Euros in response to Ethiopia’s appeal to mitigate the El-Nino induced drought in some parts of the country.
The country’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Lidi Remmelzwal said “given the scope of the looming emergency; it is essential that the Netherlands takes its share in financing the emergency response. We want to support the government of Ethiopia where we can, to mitigate the consequences of the drought.”
The Netherlands realizes that on the basis of the humanitarian requirement document 2016, published by the government of Ethiopia and the United Nations, still a lot of additional funds will be needed to assist food insecure areas, according to a brief press statement the embassy sent to ENA.
Ambassador Remmelzwal said “improving food security has been for long time one of the priorities of our development cooperation and of our program cooperation as well, this will remain the top priority in the coming years.”
The emergency funding has already been channeled via OCHA’s humanitarian relief fund, international NGOs and frontloading of the government’s PSNP programs.