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Equatorial Guinea president pledges $30 million to African solidarity fund

New York/Accra, 8 October 2012 - Equatorial Guinea will contribute $30 million to a newly created Trust Fund for Food Security in Africa to help reduce hunger in Africa, the country’s President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo announced in a speech to the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2012, following a meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

The donation answers a call for solidarity made by the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, at the FAO Regional Conference for Africa held in Brazzaville, in April 2012.

“The African decision to create the fund and the donation are signs of regional solidarity and that African nations are willing to play a greater role in tackling food insecurity in the continent,” said FAO’s Regional Representative for Africa, Maria Helena Semedo.

The fund will be an African-funded solidarity trust fund to improve food security on the continent. It aims at raising resources in Africa to fight hunger and scale up activities that successfully prevent, and respond to, food security and agriculture crises and build resilience in rural populations. The focus will be in countries of the Horn of Africa and Sahel, which have faced recurrent drought in recent years.