FAO addresses worsening food crisis in Horn

Thousands displaced by the drought in Somalia are seeking shelter in the capital Mogadishu

The Food and Agriculture Organization is hosting a meeting in Rome to take stock of the evolving crisis in the Horn of Africa triggered by a prolonged drought and famine in several regions of Somalia.

FAO says member countries, as well as humanitarian and development partners, are attending.

Delegates are looking at the root causes of the crisis and the longer-term needs of countries in the region to enhance what FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf calls "livelihood resilience" on a large scale.

Diouf says steps should be taken so that the crisis does not happen again.

"Today we have to save lives but it is also our duty to look at long term solutions to enhance livelihood resilience to avoid future humanitarian disasters like this."

The meeting is also expected to lay the groundwork for a pledging conference for countries of the Horn of Africa region to be convened by the African Union in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

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UN meeting in Rome discusses ways to tackle Horn of Africa food crisis

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