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Spray airplanes on the airstrip, ground crew are fueling the plane and loading it with chemicals in preparation for aerial spraying to fight locusts swarms in the area - Isiolo county, Kenya. ©FAO

FAO calls for a greater focus on heading off food crises before they strike

10/09/2021

Advances in technology and data now allow us to predict and anticipate many disasters before they strike, bringing human suffering - but use of these tools must be massively scaled up against the growing threats to rural livelihoods and food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has urged.

Faced with the increasing frequency, intensity, and complexity of the crises, "we cannot continue to rely on the same strategies we used yesterday - we have to innovate and invest more smartly and efficiently," FAO Director of Emergencies and Resilience, Rein Paulsen, said in remarks at a High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The number of people trapped in food crises has continued to climb over the past 5 years, reaching 155 million people in 55 countries in 2020. Currently, over 41 million people are facing emergency levels of food insecurity and are at risk of falling into famine or famine-like conditions unless they receive immediate life-saving assistance.

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