FAO reports huge funding gap for Sahel, Horn of Africa

Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. Photo by: Nederland en de VN / CC BY-NC-ND

A $239 million funding gap is threatening to derail the Food and Agriculture Organization’s emergency plans in Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

“In the Horn of Africa, we are losing the opportunity to build on our recent gains and assure resilient rural communities. In the Sahel, this means not putting in place measures that could prevent the food security situation from worsening,” FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said April 26.

The FAO head recognized donors’ recent efforts to boost support for the two regions even as he stressed that “it is in times of crises that the vulnerable populations need us the most.”

FAO’s emergency plans cover both short and long-term activities, such as cash and voucher-for-work programs, agriculture supplies distribution, and livestock vaccinations.

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