The FAO Component of the Consolidated Appeals 2008
Every year, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General asks the donor community to help millions of people affected by crises around the world. The focus of this annual appeal is on countries undergoing protracted and complex emergencies often characterized by conflict, recurrent natural disasters, underlying poverty and exacerbated by the prevalence of diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Major humanitarian crises require many aid agencies on the ground. The Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) brings aid organizations together to jointly plan, coordinate, implement and monitor their response to disasters and emergencies, and to appeal for funds cohesively instead of competitively. It is the international community’s most important tool for raising resources for humanitarian action, and results in a more coordinated, efficient and effective response.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an important humanitarian partner, working closely with other agencies in the appeals process and in responding to disasters and conflict. Some 75 percent of the people living below the dollar-a-day poverty line live in rural areas. Most depend on agriculture for their way of life. These farmers, pastoralists, and fishers, together with their families and communities, are often the worst affected by disasters and conflict. The protection and recovery of their livelihoods are therefore a high international priority.
Presented in this compendium are eight appeals: Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Somalia, Uganda, West Africa, West Bank and Gaza Strip and Zimbabwe. Each appeal includes a brief overview of the agriculture and food security requirements, together with highlights of FAO’s response and funding needs.
The CAP is evidence of the UN’s efforts to streamline relief work and ensure that donor funding reaches the right people at the right time with little waste. It is also a reminder to the donor community that early and predictable funding makes for the most ethical and cost-effective humanitarian action.
At FAO, we believe that humanitarian response must include the protection and recovery of agricultural livelihoods. FAO ensures that relief efforts reduce risks and vulnerability to future crises. This not only stops the situation from deteriorating, but also sets the stage for recovery and development in the long term. FAO’s approach puts the power back into the hands of the people we serve so that they may take control of their lives and livelihoods today to rebuild a better tomorrow.
Anne M. Bauer Director
FAO Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division