FAO sounds alarm on Haiti farm effort

12/02/2010

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today expressed alarm at the lack of support for Haiti's immediate agricultural needs. Speaking at a high-level meeting here to coordinate the UN Rome-based Agencies' efforts on behalf of Haiti's medium and long-term recovery, Diouf said:

"At a time when Haiti is facing a major food crisis we are alarmed at the lack of support to the agricultural component of the (United Nation's) Flash Appeal." The $575 million appeal called for $23 million for Haiti's immediate agricultural needs. "But only eight percent of this sum has so far been funded," Diouf said.

"The economic and social reconstruction of Haiti requires a revival of food production and massive investment in rural areas," he said.