Addis Ababa August 31, 2017 The heads of the three UN food agencies will visit Ethiopia to highlight the food and nutrition security situation in the country, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva, International Fund for Agricultural Development’s President Gilbert F. Houngbo and World Food Program’s Executive Director David Beasley will visit Ethiopia from 1-4 September, according to a press release issued by FAO.
The agency chiefs will discuss on how best to strengthen their support to the government and its systems so that Ethiopia can continue meeting its development goals while simultaneously addressing humanitarian challenges along the way.
In the south and south-east parts of the country, the worst affected areas, rains have failed for the third consecutive year, making more than 8.5 million people dependent on food assistance in the second half of 2017.
The agency heads will witness first-hand the scale of the crisis during field mission to the areas.
They will meet drought-affected people who are receiving food rations, visit nutrition centers treating malnourished children and see distributions of essential support to keep the remaining livestock alive.
Noting that the current food security and nutrition crisis cannot be resolved by emergency assistance alone, the release said long-term solution lies in building communities’ resilience to better withstand shocks and avoid being plunged back into crisis.
In this regard, the chiefs will see the dividends of investing in resilience in Tigray regional state.
In Addis Ababa, the three representatives will hold high-level discussions with government representatives, and UN and other partner organizations, on the life-saving response and the need for greater collaboration and investment in resilience.