United Nations holds emergency meeting on drought in Africa

United Nations holds emergency meeting on drought in Africa

POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 8:25am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 8:26am

The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization held an emergency meeting thursday to discuss the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Ministers from the FAO's 193 member countries will decide on urgent measures needed to support the drought hit region. The organization says an additional 103 million dollars are needed to rebuild agriculture and fight famine.

Around 12 million people across the Horn of Africa are at risk including people in Ethiopia and Kenya. The FAO asked for 161 million dollars to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of farmers in the region but has only received or had commitments for around 57 million dollars. Under a separate initiative, the U.S. recently pledged an additional 105 million dollars in humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa.

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