FAO chief fears funding gap for Sahel and Horn of Africa projects

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drought in the Sahel

A funding shortfall could affect the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the Sahel and Horn of Africa which are grappling with drought.

That warning has come from the head of FAO, José Graziano da Silva who spoke at an international economic forum held in Madrid on Thursday.

Mr. Da Silva said that while there is increasing agreement on how to boost food security, funding remains a major problem.

Dianne Penn reports.

Da Silva said the funding gap means FAO is losing what he called the window of opportunity to build on recent achievements in the Horn of Africa.

For instance, he said, families were able to overcome famine in Somalia last year, thereby increasing their resilience to drought.

He said boosting food security involves a combination of actions including supporting family farms, promoting long-term development initiatives and reducing vulnerability to extreme events.

Mr. Da Silva said fighting hunger is a challenge too great for FAO or any government to overcome alone.

He called for involvement of civil society, the business community, international agencies, as well as governments of developing and developed countries in this work.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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