FAO calls for action to break cycle of hunger in dryland countries

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Conflict, recurrent drought and volatile food prices have countries in Africa and the Near East in a hunger trap, but there is a way out.

That's what the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told an International Conference on Food Security in Drylands Wednesday, in Doha, Qatar.

He said “We are losing the battle against hunger in Africa and the Near East,” pointing out that the number of hungry people in the regions has increased by 83 million since the early 1990s, to 275 million today.

And he warned that “natural resources degradation in dryland countries threatens more than two billion people.”

Graziano da Silva called on the international community to work closely with dryland countries to break the cycle of hunger, highlighting the need to, among other things, improve information on drylands to support sustainable management of land and water resources.

The two-day conference brings together government, academia, development agencies and banks, civil society and the private sector from 60 countries to discuss food security, water and investment in dryland countries and come up with recommendations for action.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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