The European Commission (EU) as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have contributed 70 million dollars for boosting resilience to food crises and strengthening global partnership against hunger. This was disclosed in a report released in New York on Wednesday at the ongoing UN General Assembly.
The report said that the partnership agreement signed by Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of FAO, was a major contribution to the Global Network against Food Crises designed to promote sustainable solutions to food crises.
Mimica was quoted as saying in the report that the 70-million-dollar contribution had become imperative because it would further bolster the partnership and speed up the Network’s efforts to tackle hunger globally.
“In 2017, the Global Network against Food Crises allowed us to take concrete and concerted steps to mitigate food crises and avert famine in northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. And we need to scale this up. This will, however, involve strengthening links between humanitarian, development and peace actors, as recommended by the UN Security Council Resolution 2417,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Graziano da Silva said that the EU contribution would ultimately make hunger-stricken rural communities stronger in the face of emerging food.
He said that in view of the magnitude and persistence of food crises, there is need to invest more in resilience interventions and create stronger alliances with all parties. Humanitarian, development and peace actors working together to stem hunger.
However, the report said that the extra funding would enable the EU, FAO and their partners to roll out resilience interventions wherever they were needed.
It, however, said that the agreement would complement interventions in 12 countries that were mostly affected by food crises so as to address the root causes of hunger there.
Also according to the report, the EU contribution came at a time when conflicts and extreme climatic events are on the rise, leaving millions of people hungry and forcing not less than 68 million people to leave their land and homes.
The EU, FAO and UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched the Global Network against Food Crises at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.