Concerned by the need to tackle global hunger, the European Commission (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), have donated 70 million dollars to strengthen global partnership against hunger.
This was revealed during the UN General Assembly.
The agreement was signed by the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva.
While reacting to the partnership, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica said that the 70-million-dollar donation had become imperative because it would further speed up the Network’s efforts to combat 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.
On his part, the Director-General of FAO José Graziano da Silva noted that in view of the great and consistent food crises, there was a need to invest more in resilience interventions and create stronger alliances with all parties to curb hunger.
According to the agreement, the donation would complement interventions in twelve countries most affected by food crises so as to address the root causes of hunger in such places.