Famine in Somalia: FAO launches appeal to avert regional disaster

Famine in Somalia: FAO launches appeal to avert regional disaster

20/07/2011

Famine in Somalia has killed tens of thousands of people in recent months and could grow even worse unless urgent action is taken, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday. FAO has appealed for USD 120 million for response to the drought in the Horn of Africa to provide agricultural emergency assistance.

Hundreds of people are dying every day and if we do not act now many more will perish," said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. "We must avert a human tragedy of vast proportions. And much as food assistance is needed now, we also have to scale up investments in sustainable immediate and medium-term interventions that help farmers and their families to protect their assets and continue to produce food.