The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and three Rome-based UN agencies have reiterated their commitment to strengthening collaboration in fighting food insecurity in Africa.

The executive secretary of ECA, Vera Songwe, on Monday met with the principals of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The four leaders agreed to strengthen their relationship to effectively deal with food security issues on the continent, with more focus on areas like statistics, policy development and land.

The ECA executive secretary said her commission is keen to deepen collaboration with the three organizations.

“Under one roof we have combined knowledge on climate change, food security, and conflict. These issues… must be tackled in a comprehensive way,” she said.

WFP Executive Director David Beasley said more than 10 million people in Africa face hunger on a daily basis and that achieving food security is of utmost importance to the continent.

He said 80 percent of the WFP’s funding is now in war zones and that distracts funding from sustainable development.

IFAD President Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, a former Togolese Prime Minister, underscored the importance of solving land issues in addressing food insecurity in Africa.

Jose Graziano da Silva, the director-general of the FAO, said he was increasingly concerned by the link between conflict, climate change and food security in Africa.

The four organizations agreed to work together in a few countries to demonstrate early wins, according to ECA. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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