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AfDB giving $78.6m to Somalia, South Sudan to tackle drought

Staff Writer |
The African Development Bank (AfDB) signed $78.6 million grant with Somalia and South Sudan governments to strengthen drought resilience whilst addressing chronic hunger and malnutrition.

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AfDB said in a statement that it has granted Somalia $34.8 million to benefit 804,000 individuals while 43.8 million dollars was given to South Sudan to benefit 300,000 individuals.

The African bank also signed agreement with Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGADF) under the Bank's "Say No To Famine-Short Term Regional Emergency Response Project" (STRERP).

"IGAD will oversee the implementation of the project through an agency to be recruited in each of the countries," AfDB said in a statement.

Under this framework, the Bank plans to invest about $1.1 billion as a coordinated response to its regional member countries that have been severely affected by prolonged drought periods and unstable food production.

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