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FAO Says 22 Countries Facing Food Crisis
Source: worldbank.org
Source Date: Thursday, October 07, 2010
Created: Oct 10, 2010

“The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said 22 countries are facing enormous challenges like repeated food crises and an extremely high prevalence of hunger due to a combination of natural disasters, conflict and weak institutions…. FAO said in its State of Food Insecurity in the World 2010 hunger report published on Wednesday together with the World Food Program (WFP) chronic hunger and food insecurity is the most common characteristic of a protracted crisis….” [Xinhua/Factiva]

AP adds that “…among the 22 nations [which include Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Tajikistan, Somalia and Sudan], the proportion of people who are undernourished is almost three times as high as in other developing countries….Countries in protracted crisis require targeted assistance, with the focus not only on emergency relief but also on longer-term tools, such as providing school meals or implementing food-for-work programs, the report said. Stimulating markets is also an effective long-term measure, the report said, for example through the purchase of food aid from local suppliers….” [Associated Press/Factiva]

VOA writes that “…the 2010 study said that protracted crises can become a self-perpetuating vicious cycle and that recovery in these countries may become progressively more difficult over time. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said there is an urgent need for assistance in protracted crises to protect livelihoods as well as lives, because this will help put the countries on a constructive path to recovery….” [Voice of America]
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