People in the Horn of Africa will need $50 million in the next 90 days.
The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization made the appeal on Friday (March 23) in preparation for the planting season, which runs April to June. The fund, part of the organization’s 2012 appeal for the Horn, will help farmers and pastoralists prepare for another possible dry spell.
Activities part of the 90-day plan include distribution of crop and vegetable seeds, implementation of small irrigation schemes and cash-for-work programs. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said it will not be possible to avoid droughts, but the development community can put “measures” in place to try to prevent such disasters from falling into famine levels.
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