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Resilience is key in drive to zero hunger

FAO’s emergency programme to support farmers affected by severe flooding in northern Benin includes creating resilience among communities in order to avert further threats to their livelihoods and food security.


10 Nov 2013

FAO’s emergency programme to support farmers affected by severe flooding in northern Benin includes creating resilience among communities in order to avert further threats to their livelihoods and food security.

Farming families in northern Benin lost crops, livestock and fishing grounds when the Niger River overran its banks in August, just as many villagers were trying to recover from previous floods in 2012.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva formally activated funding for assistance to the villages of Malanville and Karimama on 3 November, as part of the emergency programme, during an official visit to Benin.

“This is emergency assistance with a longer-term view, in that it includes awareness raising and training on resilience for community members and local authorities,” he said.

Benin was among countries recognized by FAO earlier this year for early achievement of targets set by Millennium Development Goal 1, namely to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015. For more on this story, click here.

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