Baher Kamal – April 29, 2017
Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in North Eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN leading food and agriculture agency’s chief on April 28 warned. “If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months.”
“Famine does not just kill people, it contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that endures for decades,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) director-general Jose Graziano da Silva added.
At a media briefing ahead of the conclusive session of the this UN specialised agency’s executive arm – the FAO Council, he launched a new appeal for voluntary contributions, that are “of vital importance to FAO, now more than ever.”
“I will be always committed to finding more savings and promoting more efficiency, as I have done over the last five years. But I have already cut to the bone. There is no more fat left.”