New York, Mar 9 2012 5:05PM
The United Nations food agency today called for $69.8 million in additional funding to prevent a full-blown food and nutrition crisis from unfolding in Africa’s Sahel region.
In a <“http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/122921/icode/“>news release, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that at least 15 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity in countries in the Sahel, including 5.4 million people in Niger, three million in Mali, 1.7 million in Burkina Faso and 3.6 million in Chad, as well as hundreds of thousands in Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania.
“We need to act to prevent further deterioration of the food security situation and to avoid a full-scale food and nutrition crisis,” FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said. “Part of the solution is to improve the access of farmers and herders to local markets, encourage the use of local products, and…
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