FAO to Hold Emergency Meeting on the Horn of Africa

Nairobi, Jul 25. -The United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) will tackle in a ministerial emergency meeting the food crisis hitting the Horn of Africa.
The meeting that will be in session at the agency's headquarters in Rome will discuss the ways to cope with the crisis and will mobilize international aid for the most affected countries.

The Food and Agriculture Organization trusts that its 191 member states send ministers and higher-ranking representatives to the meeting that will also be attended by UN institutions, non governmental organizations and regional development banks.

The UN Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has recently emphasized the support required by nearly 11 million of people suffering hunger because of the long-lasting drought in four countries of the Horn of Africa: Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The French minister of Agriculture, Food and Fishing Bruno Le Maire, the UN Emergency Coordinator Valerie Amos, and the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP) Joseph Sheeran are reportedly among the officials attending the FAO emergency meeting. (Prensa Latina)