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FAO initiative helps small farmers increase food production
FAO has begun emergency activities worth USD 17 million to respond to historically high food prices, which threaten to leave the globe’s 862 million people afflicted by hunger in an even worse situation, and push millions more people back into extreme poverty and hunger.
The start-up funds will cover the immediate needs to give small farmers in some of the poorest countries the seeds, fertilizers, and other tools they need to boost agricultural production for the upcoming planting seasons through 2009.
But the countries most affected, especially in Africa, will need much more – a total of USD 1.7 billion in the same period – to start to revive agricultural systems that have been neglected for several decades.