UN calls for scaling up efforts to help countries deal with rising food prices


The food situation is of grave concern in parts of The Sahel with more than 10 million people at risk of hunger. In Burkina Faso harvests are meager. Livestock pastures are dry. And with consistently high prices for food and farming inputs, levels of hunger and poverty are rising. Fatitama Nabayaogo lives in Po, 65 kilometers west of the capital. She is pregnant with her first child, but there are already 23 mouths to feed in this family. “After the morning meal, that’s it. There’s nothing else until the next day” FAO and the European Union have been working together since June 2009, to boost production and improve food security in Burkina Faso. The 18 million euro program is benefiting 860,000 vulnerable households. The primary long term aim is to create a sustainable system of multiplication and certification of good quality locally adapted seeds. But the project also includes work on capacity building, institutional and technical support, research and training, as well as efforts to build up local infrastructure. Distributions of improved seed for the next planting season will give 100,000 vulnerable households the chance of a better harvest.

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