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The FAO Component of the Consolidated Appeals 2009

The FAO Component of the Consolidated Appeals 2009
Nov 2008

Natural disasters and conflicts affect millions of people every year, destroying communities and devastating livelihoods. Most of the men, women and children who suffer from these calamities depend on agriculture for their way of life. In addition, recent increases in food and fuel prices have further reduced their ability to access food and other basic commodities.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) works with governments and humanitarian partners to help those worst affected to recover from crises and build back stronger and more resilient agricultural livelihoods. The 2009 Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) brings humanitarian partners and governments together to plan, coordinate, implement and monitor the response to humanitarian crises, and to appeal for funds collectively.

This brochure summarizes FAO’s contributions to the twelve appeals prepared in close consultation with partners for the 2009 CAP. It includes a brief overview of the agriculture and food security requirements, together with highlights of FAO’s responses and funding needs for: the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan, Uganda, West Africa, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Zimbabwe.

Conflicts and disasters have severely disrupted agricultural production and markets in these countries and many households are no longer able to meet their basic food needs. Interventions to restore and protect the livelihoods of populations affected by crisis are as important as immediate life-saving efforts. They not only prevent situations from getting worse, but also lay the foundations for sustainable recovery and development.