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How to Prevent Another Famine in the Horn of Africa

How to Prevent Another Famine in the Horn of Africa: The Role of the European Union in Building Resilience[1]

The presentations and discussions described famine in the Horn of Africa as the gravest humanitarian crisis. Given the recurrence of crises in the Horn of Africa and the need to mitigate them, it is necessary to take both humanitarian and long-term actions, and to engage in development cooperation aimed at fostering self-sufficiency of the region's inhabitants. Also, donors' measures need to be better coordinated.

In Commissioner Georgieva's view, an effective use of various EC and MS tools makes it possible to ensure food security and gradually eliminate famine in the Horn of Africa. Economic development is the best way to foster self-sufficiency of the region's inhabitants. The EU is the biggest donor of development assistance to the Horn of Africa.

The principal objective should be to achieve full synergy between humanitarian activities and development cooperation. The panellists also noted that NGOs and volunteers have an important role to play in fostering self-sufficiency of the inhabitants of the Horn of Africa.

 

[1] Organizers: PAH, Caritas Europa, Oxfam and ONE. Panellists: Kristalina Georgieva (European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid), Dr Yemi Akinbamijo (African Union), Professor Mark Breusers (Catholic University of Leuven), Fran Equiza (Oxfam's Regional Director). Comments: Ricardo Cortes Lastra (MEP). Moderator: Nazanine Moshiri (Al Jazeera English).

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