The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

Emergency FAO meeting to discuss African drought

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, which this week declared a state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia, is convening an emergency ministerial-level meeting on Monday to address deteriorating drought conditions in the Horn of Africa and several other regions in the world.

The meeting has been organized at the request of the French government, which chairs the G20 group of countries, the FAO said in a news release.

The United States will be represented by Ertharin Cousin, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. food and agriculture agencies in Rome.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted on Wednesday that the United States has provided more than $431 million in food and non-food emergency assistance this year alone, but will provide an additional $28 million in aid for people in Somalia and for Somali refugees in Kenya.

FAO has appealed for $120 million for response to the drought in the Horn of Africa to provide agricultural emergency assistance.