FAO pledges support to flood-affected African countries
Agency has started to assess damage in affected countries - concern about climate change
25 September 2007, Rome - FAO Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf pledged today that FAO will bring all its resources and experience to support flood-affected countries in Africa in rehabilitating their damaged agricultural sector.
“FAO is making every effort to immediately assess the damage the floods have caused to farmers and their livelihoods and is mobilizing resources to assist them in resuming their farming activities,” Dr Diouf said.
“I am very concerned that these latest floods could be the result of climate change. It will be an enormous challenge for African countries to develop strategies that will enable them to mitigate the effects of climate change in the short, medium and long terms. FAO will advise governments in poor countries on how to respond to these challenges and how to minimize the impact on food production and food security,” he said.
FAO is leading and finalizing damage assessments in Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and all other affected countries.
FAO estimates that approximately US$12 million will be required to assist flood affected farming communities in East and West Africa.
FAO is working closely with governments, UN country teams and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
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