Emergency meeting on drought crisis
Ministerial-level meeting to address drought crisis
Horn of Africa to be focus of 25 July session in Rome
FAO is convening an emergency ministerial-level meeting on Monday 25 July 2011 to address deteriorating drought conditions in the Horn of Africa and several other regions worldwide.
Organized at the request of the French Government, currently chairing the G20, the meeting will look at possible measures to address the crisis, which is affecting food supplies and prices in several countries. The meeting itself does not intend to be a pledging conference.
In a special report published on 20 July 2011, the FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network officially declared a state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia. The report warns that in the next one or two months famine will become widespread throughout southern Somalia.
Technical background papers will be published on this webpage as they become available.
FAO wishes to thank the French and Spanish Governments for their generous contribution to the organization of this event.
For further information:
Photographic coverage of the meeting will be made available at FAONews on Flickr, or by contacting the FAO firstname.lastname@example.org (+39) 06 570 55980).
To request video material / b-roll: (+39) 06 570 55980 / 53963.