José Graziano da Silva proposes Near East food security trust fund

The Food and Agriculture Organization will discuss today, May 18, a trust fund that is designed to fight hunger in the Near East.

The Near East per FAO’s operational coverage comprises 19 nations in the Middle East and Africa. Although most of these countries are middle- and high-income economies — only Mauritania, Sudan and Yemen are low-income — the region, FAO notes, faces several challenges that need to be addressed, including increasing water scarcity, low resilience among poor farmers and consumption patterns that are harmful to the environment.

Director-General José Graziano da Silva made the proposal on a food security trust fund for the region May 17 at the 31st FAO Regional Conference for the Near East. He said civil society groups and businesses have expressed their intention to participate in the financing initiative.

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