Investment in food security will restore peace, says FAO
Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Abebe Haile Gabriel, has disclosed that investments in food security and resilience will restore peace in 10 conflict-riddled countries of Africa.
He stated that hunger in the affected countries was on the rise, reversing gains made of the last decade.
In a statement yesterday in Maiduguri, Borno State, Gabriel said there were over 90 conflicts in Africa, while 23 occurred globally.
“The investments’ goal is to end all wars and civil conflicts to achieve concrete development goals, including the eradication of hunger by 2025,” he said.
The conflicts, including the ones in North East states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, left millions in need of urgent food assistance, he said, noting: “Consequently, hundreds of thousands quickly fled their homes and voluntarily abandoned their means of livelihood in insurgency-affected communities, where most of the livelihoods are dependent on agriculture, while the emergence of conflict has life-changing and serious implications…”