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Director-General meets with Kenyan authorities

Building resilience to face droughts

Nairobi, Kenya. 1 February 2012. FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, and Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga, coincided on the need to build resilience so farmers and pastoralists are able to face the recurrent droughts that affect the Horn of Africa. 

“We cannot avoid droughts, but we can work to make its impact less severe on the rural communities,” said the Director-General of FAO after meeting with the Kenyan authorities on 1 February in Nairobi.  

Senior governmental officers, FAO representatives in the region, and the Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security, Ambassador Yaya Olaniran, also participated in the meeting, which took place during his first official mission to Africa.

The President of Kenya thanked FAO for its support in the country and asked the Organization to be an active partner in implementing a comprehensive plan for the Horn of Africa.

¨FAO is committed to working together with governments, regional institutions and development partners to make this a hunger free region. We will redouble our efforts to guarantee that rural populations can maintain their livelihoods,” added Graziano da Silva. 

A special focus was requested to assist the pastoralist population, whose traditional way of life is being affected by climate change.