Member States urged to invest in tackling hunger and climate change

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Graziano da Silva (center). Photo: FAO

Governments around the world have been urged to invest more in fighting hunger and helping vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change.

The appeal was made by the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as its Executive Council began its week-long session in Rome on Monday.

The FAO's proposed budget for 2016-2017 is just over US$1 billion.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The FAO chief José Graziano da Silva told government officials gathered in Rome that the organization is increasing funds for nutrition and climate change.

He said the agency is also tailoring its relationship with middle-income countries, focusing on support to governance, policy, climate change adaptation and nutrition, as well as tackling obesity.

Mr Graziano appealed for an increase of US$ 6.1 million for the FAO's technical cooperation programme, which is equivalent to only 0.6 per cent of the current budget.

"These funds go through FAO directly to support the countries. They will be used exclusively to give additional assistance, particularly to the small island developing states in adapting to climate change. The importance of this support has become painfully more evident with the devastation caused in Vanuatu by Cyclone Pam a week ago." (24")

The head of FAO stressed that he was not asking governments to give away money but to invest in their organization so that it can do what they are asking it to do.  

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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