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FAO and IOM talks focus on close links between food insecurity and migration flows

FAO and IOM leaders meet at First International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh

26 February 2018, Riyadh - FAO's Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met his counterpart William Lacy Swing, of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for discussions that focused on the close links between food insecurity and migration flows.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration are co-chairing the Global Migration Group (GMG) this year. They discussed the progress in the preparation for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Comprising more than 20 UN agencies, the GMG has been recognized as a source of technical support and advice to the Member States, and will be co-chaired by FAO and IOM in 2018.
Graziano da Silva emphasized that the final document – to be agreed upon by governments – should make clear reference to the root causes of migration and their relation to rural development, food security and the agriculture sectors in general.

FAO and IOM also agreed to conduct an inventory of joint programmes in the field and to work to develop joint messaging for such operations, with current cooperation in Yemen being held as a good example.

Talks were held on the side-lines of the First International Humanitarian Forum taking place in the Saudi capital, where FAO Director-General stressed the need for the international community to intervene more swiftly in humanitarian crises in ways that are also designed to support affected farmers, pastoralists, fishers and other food producers.

He noted that "even in the worst situations" rural people can continue to produce food for their families and communities, when provided with early and appropriate support.

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