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Swaziland / Soaring Food Prices: FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf in Swaziland 7 September 2008

 


 

Swaziland / Soaring Food Prices: FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf in Swaziland 7 September 2008

 

MBABANE, Swaziland, August 29, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media availability on FAO’s Initiative on Soaring Food Prices and long-term challenges to agriculture and food security.

Who: Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Where: Boyane, near Mbabane, Swaziland

When: Sunday 7 September 2008

What: FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf will speak with journalists about FAO’s response to soaring food prices while touring an ongoing farming project for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.

Time: 8 a.m. local time

Meeting point:
Lugogo Sun Hotel, Ezulwini (Mbane), followed by travel to agricultural site (approximately ½-hour away by car)

Background:
The cost of food, fuel and other basic supplies has risen so sharply in recent months that many Swazi farmers don’t have enough money to buy the seeds and other agricultural supplies they need to get through the next planting season. This in turn puts them at risk of ending up without a harvest, without food, and without income.

Under FAO’s Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP), struggling farmers are slated to receive emergency seed vouchers starting September 29. The vouchers can be used at special trade fairs which will allow cash-strapped farmers to choose seeds and other supplies in time for the next planting season.

Farmers are even more vulnerable to soaring food prices because of ongoing challenges to food security, including climate-related problems and one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection.

The FAO Director-General will meet AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children who are learning agricultural and water conservation skills under the Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS) initiative. The project, run in collaboration with other UN agencies, has benefited about 525 students over the past two years.

 

 

SOURCE : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


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