The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) plans to help cash-strapped farmers in Swaziland, affected by the global food price crisis, buy seeds in time for the next planting season. The combination of the sudden hike in food prices – more than 50 per cent in the last year – and the high cost of fuel and other agricultural inputs threatens to leave Swazi farmers with no harvest, food or income. FAO is preparing to deliver emergency assistance to farmers in the southern African country who cannot afford to purchase seeds and other raw agricultural materials, under its Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP). (UN News Service)

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