Ireland's €2 million funding announcement brings the country's total contribution to meeting the urgent needs of those affected by drought to €5.5 million this year.The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Seán Sherlock has announced that the Irish Government will contribute an additional €2 million to the international response to the drought in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is currently facing a severe drought.According to the Ethiopian Government, an estimated 8.2 million people will need food aid this year.
Ireland, through its development cooperation program Irish Aid, supports the Ethiopian government in building its humanitarian capacity and a social protection system capabilities. This enables Ethiopia to identify and respond to crises early, which saves lives and protects the livelihoods of those most affected by the impacts of severe drought and climate change. In addition, Ireland is providing over €26 million through bilateral aid program in Ethiopia to address poverty, vulnerability and hunger.Ireland is involved in many long term development programs aimed at helping vulnerable rural communities to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change.