The CFS is the United Nations' forum for reviewing policies concerning world food. It is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition.
14 June 2011, Rome/Nairobi - The number of people facing severe food shortages is set to increase as the impact of drought, along with high food and fuel prices, continues to grip the Horn of Africa region, FAO warned today.
High levels of acute malnutrition are widespread and more than 8 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of emergency assistance.
The region has now experienced two consecutive seasons of significantly below-average rainfall, resulting in failed crop production, depletion of grazing resources and significant livestock mortality.
31 May 2011 – Large amounts of food in sub-Saharan Africa goes to waste as a result of inappropriate storage, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report unveiled today, which calls for investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce to the losses and boost the continent’s food security.
24 May 2011 – Irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) has enabled more than 1,000 farmers in north-eastern Sudan to increase harvests and boost incomes from the sale of their produce.
Rome, 20 May 2011 – A US$8.95 million loan and a US$8.45 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to the Republic of Chad will help improve the livelihoods of poor rural people and increase economic growth potential in the country’s Guéra region, the UN rural poverty agency has announced.
The loan and grant agreement for the Rural Development Support Programme in Guéra was signed today in Rome by Hassan Elimi TchonaÏ, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad to the Federal Republic of Germany and Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD.
Washington, May 17, 2011—The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$4.35million grant to increase Morocco’s small farmer’s resilience to climate change. The grant—from the Special Climate Change Fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)—is designed to strengthen the capacity of institutions and farmers to integrate climate change adaptation measures in projects which are implemented under the Plan Maroc Vert. The Government of Morocco will co-finance the grant with an investment of US$27 million.
13 May 2011 –
WFP issued a statement yesterday saying it will renew food distribution in Lakes and Jonglei – ensuring an estimated 240,000 people in those two states receive critical rations this month – after receiving positive assurances from local authorities.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today released the May 2011 Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Antoinette Monsio Sayeh, Director of the IMF's African Department commented on the report's main findings:
Sub-Saharan Africa’s recovery from the crisis-induced slowdown is well under way, with growth in most countries now back fairly close to the high levels of the mid-2000s. Growth this year is expected to average 5½ percent, and 6 percent in 2012.
We expect some variation among country groupings. The recovery is near complete in most of the region’s 29 low-income countries and 7 oil exporters. But growth is recovering more gradually in the region’s middle-income countries, including South Africa.
Rome, 2 May 2011 – The potential for agriculture to contribute to economic growth and development in Africa will be in the spotlight as heads of state, agriculture ministers and experts, and leaders from the private sector gather in Cape Town for the presentation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s Rural Poverty Report 2011 in Africa on 3 May.