Longer-term efforts to boost food security in the Horn of Africa (UNNews)

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AID TO HORN OF AFRICA MUST BE LINKED TO BOOSTING LONG-TERM FOOD SECURITY – BAN

New York, Jul 25 2011  1:05PM

Emergency delivery of aid to people facing drought-related hunger in the Horn of Africa must be accompanied by longer-term efforts to boost food security in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for an agricultural transformation that improves the livelihoods of rural communities in the region.

“Short-term relief must be linked to building long-term sustainability. This means an agricultural transformation that improves the resilience of rural livelihoods and minimizes the scale of any future crisis,” Mr. Ban said in a <“http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=5431”>message to delegates attending a United Nations-convened emergency ministerial meeting on the Horn of Africa in Rome.

“It means climate-smart crop production, livestock rearing, fish farming and forest maintenance practices that enable all people to have year-round access to the nutrition they need,” said Mr. Ban in the…

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