EU pledges extra 250 million euros for famine aid ahead of G7

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WAR IDAD, SOMALIA - JUNE 19: Somali families displaced by severe drought create a makeshift camp as the Horn of Africa faces severe drought on the outskirts of the village of War Idad, 150 miles east of the capital Hargeisa, Somalia, on June 19, 2017. The UN and aid agencies have sought to raise resilience in pastoralist communities that have seen their lifeblood herds of camels, goats and sheep decimated by up to 80 percent, leaving 6.7 million people in need of assistance to avoid famine in Somalia and Somaliland. (Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Somali families displaced by severe drought create a makeshift camp as the Horn of Africa faces severe drought on the outskirts of the village of War Idad, 150 miles east of the capital Hargeisa, Somalia. (Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images)

The European Commission promised an extra 250 million euros ($304 million) in famine aid for Africa, Afghanistan and Venezuela.

The funding is from the bloc’s central budget and will be targeted at countries facing severe food insecurity as the COVID-19 pandemic has seen humanitarian demands grow.

The move comes ahead of a meeting of the leaders from the Group of Seven major industrialized economies in Britain later this week.

The leaders are facing calls to make good on commitments to provide billions in extra aid to tackle and ward off famine in vulnerable nations.

But the push comes as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson — the host of the summit — is facing major criticism over plans to slash London’s budget for foreign aid.

The United Nations warned in March that 34 million people worldwide are just one step away from starvation and that acute hunger was set to soar in over 20 countries.

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