Well over 8.5 million Ethiopians are still in need of food aid, following the El-Nino induced drought since 2015.
The announced aid has brought EU’s total humanitarian funding for the country in 2017 to over ϵ 91 million, according to a statement issued by the European Commission.
The support comes as the number of refugees arriving from neighbouring countries such as Eritrea, Somalia, and especially South Sudan is constantly increasing, as is the number of internally displaced people.
EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, said the new aid will enable humanitarian organizations to step up emergency food assistance and the treatment of malnutrition in the country.
The funding will also help address water supply, livestock protection, shelter and protection notably for the increasing numbers of internally displaced people.
Due to consecutive low performing rain seasons, Ethiopia is facing the most critical levels of food and nutrition insecurity in 10 years, especially in its southern and south-eastern pastoral areas.
The country also hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa – over 880 000, which generates mounting humanitarian needs.
The EU is also providing development aid for Ethiopia worth 745 million Euros over 2014-2020 through the European Development Fund.
Ethiopia is one of the countries that have been most affected by the El Niño phenomena. While it is still recovering from the 2015-2016 droughts, the current Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) induced drought has taken hold in the south and south-eastern lowlands.