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EU-funded projects in Kenya that are focused in various ways on women include:
The European Union is Kenya's biggest export market. As most of Kenya's exports to the European Union are agricultural products, the biggest practical challenge facing Kenyan exporters to the EU is to meet our agricultural product standards. The European Union doesn't compromise on its standards for the sake of any country in the world, we do provide technical assistance to help many countries' exporters to meet our standards.
Here in Kenya, we're spending around €12.1 million on the Standards & Market Access Programme, which includes some €5.9 million for the supply of laboratory equipment to the Kenya Bureau of Standards, the Directorate of Veterinary Services and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service.
We're currently spending €4.4 million on two projects to help prevent conflict in Kenya and the wider region:
€2.7 million for the fight against illicit accumulation and trafficking of firearms in Africa (2nd phase of this project), implemented by the Regional Centre on Small Arms;
€1.7 million to prevent and mitigate violent extremism in the Horn of Africa, implemented by the Institut Europeen de la Paix.
We're currently spending about €50 million on projects to strengthen the health sector in Kenya.
In addition, we're providing some €8.4 million in financial support for basic drinking water supply and sanitation: