Food crisis in the Horn of Africa
Joint communiqué issued by Alain Juppé, Bruno Le Maire, Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Town and Country Planning and Henri de Raincourt, Minister responsible for Cooperation (Paris, July 22, 2011)
France has been spurred into action in response to the exceptional food crisis currently existing in the countries of the Horn of Africa.
The French government has decided to double the French contribution, bringing it to €10 million (€12 million including Sudan). This is in addition to the emergency aid decided upon by the European Union, of which France is contributing nearly 20%.
France, who holds the G20 presidency, is also committed to encouraging a coordinated and urgent response by the international community:
It was on the French government’s initiative that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) decided to convene an emergency meeting on the food and nutritional situation in the Horn of Africa. It will be held in Rome on 25 July.
To prepare for this meeting, Bruno Le Maire will visit Kenya on 23 and 24 July to take stock of the exact state of the food crisis in the Horn of Africa and prepare the short- and medium-term international response to that crisis.
These actions are part of constant efforts to provide a long-term response to these crises: an action plan on food price volatility and agriculture was adopted, on France’s initiative, by the G20 agriculture ministers, meeting in Paris for the first time on 22 and 23 June 2011.