Horn of Africa: Funding for agricultural recovery lagging, FAO warns

Horn of Africa: Funding for agricultural recovery lagging, FAO warns

25/08/2011

Predictable, sustained support for rural economies and livelihoods needed to avoid future crises - As world governments met today in Ethiopia for an international pledging conference aimed at winning more aid for the Horn of Africa, FAO has warned that efforts to keep farmers and pastoralists on their feet, prevent the crisis from worsening and speed progress toward recovery are not being adequately funded.

Two emergency meetings organized by FAO in Rome on 25 July and 18 August helped set the stage for today’s African Union pledging conference, raising international awareness of the importance of not only providing food assistance but also supporting food producers and getting food production in the Horn back up and running as soon as possible.

But support for activities outlined in FAO’s “Road map for Recovery” - a USD 161 million package designed to restore livelihoods and build the resilience of populations in the face of climate and other shocks - has so far been insufficient, the UN agency said, with only USD 57.3 million paid up or in the pipeline to date.