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Friday, 16 November 2012

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

Conflict, recurrent drought and volatile food prices have countries in Africa and the Near East in a hunger trap, although there is a way out, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands on Wednesday 14 November  in Doha, Qatar.
"Natural resources degradation in dryland countries threatens more than two billion people," Graziano da Silva warned. He called upon the international community to work closely with dryland countries to break the cycle of hunger, highlighting the need among others to improve information on drylands to support sustainable management of land and water resources, scale up the sustainable intensification of agriculture and adapt production to climate change, build resilience in rural communities and increase responsible investments in agriculture and rural development, and strengthen global food security governance, building on the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the intergovernmental food policy body.
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.

Source: FAO