£250,000 for charities helping to tackle food insecurity in the Horn of Africa.
Grants totaling £250,000 are being awarded to two charities to help people affected by the hunger crisis in Ethiopia and Somalia.
The region is facing its driest conditions in 40 years, with the impact on food supplies compounded by the disruption of global grain supplies following Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
The funding comes from the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF), half of which goes to Christian Aid for its work in Ethiopia, including providing children and pregnant and breastfeeding women with extra nutrition.
Islamic Relief receives remaining funding for its project in Somalia, which provides emergency aid to drought victims, as well as improving access to water and hygiene in four people’s camps displaced in Beledweyne district, near the Ethiopian border.
International Development Minister Neil Gray said:
“The drought in the Horn of Africa is creating a desperate situation for the people of the region, which is compounded by the disruption of grain supplies caused by Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.
“We know that millions of people are facing historic drought conditions and a lack of essential foodstuffs and we are ready to act in the face of such a pressing emergency.
“The Scottish Government is committed to fulfilling its role as a responsible and caring global citizen and this aid from our Emergency Humanitarian Fund will provide essential assistance to those in desperate need.”
Christian Aid Scotland manager Sally Foster-Fulton said:
“A prolonged drought and four failed rainy seasons mean – again – that crops cannot grow and this is having a devastating impact on the people of Ethiopia – on top of the challenges of conflict, COVID-19 and the rising food prices.
“Children and women are the most affected and many children show signs of malnutrition. We are grateful to the Scottish Government for supporting our work in South Omo, Southern Ethiopia, where we will ensure that the most vulnerable receive cash to buy the food they need to survive. .
Nadeem Baqir, Scotland Regional Director for Islamic Relief UK, said:
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s support for our work in Somalia which comes at a critical time and will help us ensure that more families receive the food and hygiene kits they need.
“Somalia has been hit by poor rains for the fourth consecutive year, leading to yet another devastating drought. This has exacerbated the growing hunger crisis, alongside the impacts of COVID-19 and rising food prices.
“Across the country, millions of people are in urgent need of food aid and clean water to ensure their survival. Families who have been displaced and now live in camps do not have enough to eat and, in some cases, have to share what little they receive because there is simply not enough for everyone.