The Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mr. José Graziano da Silva converged in a meeting with Ministers and senior delegates of African nations, ahead a High-Level meeting of African and international leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The next meeting, slated for June, is to create a renewed partnership for boosting efforts to end hunger in Africa.
“There is an enormous window of opportunity for eradicating hunger in the continent”, Graziano da Silva told a side-event organized during a week-long Session of FAO’s governing Council.
The key, according to him, lies in capitalizing on the successes of the many African countries who have already found solutions for food insecurity and malnutrition.
“By building on these experiences we can eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa. Together we can stop the suffering of the estimated 23 per cent of all Africans who remain under-nourished, and 40 per cent of children under five who are stunted or malnourished,” he said.
One reason for hope is the unwavering political commitment of governments and the African people to end hunger. An example is the decision of FAO’s regional Conference for Africa to set up an Africa Food Security Trust Fund. The Republic of Congo, Angola and Equatorial Guinea have already announced they will contribute.
Nigeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger have asked FAO to enhance its support for their efforts to promote food security and nutrition in the framework of the New, Unified Approaches to End Hunger in Africa. The pilot phase of the partnership will therefore begin in those four countries.
On behalf of the African Union Laila Lokaseng said a key element in hunger eradication was the creation and sustenance of an enabling environment and of the right leadership to drive completely eradicate hunger.