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Building political momentum for famine-free Horn of Africa
Diouf urges adequate and predictable funding for HoA region - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today called for “adequate and predictable” financial resources to resolve the crisis in the Horn of Africa. “I have no doubt that the fight against hunger in the Horn of Africa can be won, and that food security can be ensured for all the people in the region,” Diouf told a Ministerial “Mini-Summit” meeting in New York to address the emergency.
“But to achieve our goal, we need adequate, predictable financial resources to ensure that the technical knowledge we have and the strategies and programmes developed can help us achieve that vision,” he added. The international community’s response to the drought and spreading famine affecting 13 million people in the Horn of Africa has, however, been “delayed and inadequate” so far, Diouf stated.
Only 63 percent of the United Nations’ funding requirement – $2.5 billion in all – has been pledged. The number of hungry people in the region had thus grown by 1.7 million in the last two months, with famine declared in six regions of Somalia and 750 000 people at high risk, he noted.