FAO launches special funding facility for people in mountainous terrain
The Food and Agriculture has launched a special funding facility to ensure sustainable development and food security for people living in highland regions.
The FAO launched the facility on Earth Day in response to the rising incidence of hunger among the 329 million people across the globe living in mountainous regions.
FAO director general Jose Graziano da Silva appealed for the protection of the world’s ecosystems which is the foundation for global food security.
In a release, the FAO said one in three people living in the mountains in the developing world are likely to go without the calories and nutrients they need to live healthy lives.
In rural mountainous regions in the developing world, almost half the population is likely to go hungry. A study by the FAO showed that vulnerability to hunger has risen by 30 percent in mountain areas between 2000 and 2012 when hunger levels worldwide are falling.
The FAO’s new mountain facility addresses this concern by supporting governments and nongovernment organizations in addressing long-term and emerging challenges related to climate change, market access, and management of natural resources, among others.
The FAO is raising funds for the facility to tackle the problem through five areas of intervention: local economies, climate change adaptation, natural resources, policy, and capacity building.
“We cannot talk about fighting hunger and boosting development worldwide without giving special attention to the plight and needs of mountain peoples.
The numbers show this and our pursuit for progress requires it,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Rene Castro Salazar.
Among the interventions under the facility are improving value chains of environmentally-friendly mountain products, increasing access to training and credit for vulnerable groups such as women and indigenous people, and crating disaster risk management plans to help communities mitigate the negative impacts of shocks. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)