Support for EU humanitarian aid in spite of hardship at home
Public support for humanitarian aid has gone up in the European Union in spite of the economic crisis.
Public support for humanitarian aid has gone up in the European Union in spite of the economic crisis. This is one of the key findings of the latest Eurobarometer survey on humanitarian aid and civil protection.
Nine out of 10 citizens (88 %) believe it is important for the European Union to continue funding humanitarian aid, a rise of nine percentage points since the last survey in 2010. Almost as many, 84 %, support maintaining humanitarian aid funding in spite of the current economic crisis and pressures on public finances.
‘Even in times of hardship, the EU public still supports us in helping people around the world who through no fault of their own find themselves in dire need — and that support has strengthened over the last two years,’ said Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
Return to farming
Emergencies have the most devastating consequences for rural communities, where people mainly depend on agriculture for survival.
When disaster strikes, FAO and the EU work together to help these communities return to farming so that they can feed themselves again. Moreover, they aim to address the underlying causes of vulnerability to increase people’s resilience to future shocks.
Currently, FAO is operating 20 EU-funded emergency projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, for a total budget of €16 million (US$ 21.3 million).