Immediate action needed to prevent Sahel famine, says WFP

Published on 16 February 2012

Heads of UN agencies and representatives from governments, the African Union and the Economic Community Of West African States met in Rome to discuss a joint response to the situation in the region. (..) The executive director of the WFP, Josette Sheeran, said: "We are having an emergency meeting to avoid a full blown emergency, before we see the effects which are long lasting and devastating … While we can't prevent drought, we can prevent famine. "

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