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United Nations institutions seek effective drought policies

Seeing the harsh impact drought has had on the world’s food supply, three United Nations institutions are joining forces to promote the development and adoption of policies to make drought-prone countries more resilient.

Seeing the harsh impact drought has had on the world’s food supply, three United Nations institutions are joining forces to promote the development and adoption of policies to make drought-prone countries more resilient.

The World Meteorological Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, along with other partners, are holding a meeting on national drought policy on March 11-15 to focus on drought preparedness and management policies.

Drought has hampered crop, poultry and livestock production worldwide, and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva sees a relationship between policies, improved growing conditions and a more secure food supply.

“More extreme and frequent droughts resulting from climate change are having devastating food security impacts, especially in the most vulnerable regions of the world,” the director-general said. “To buck this trend, we must build resilient, drought-resistant communities. This means not simply reacting after the rains fall, but investing over the long-term, so that when the drought does hit, people and food systems can weather the blow.”

The drought policy meeting will bring in not only governmental decision-makers, but also leading scientists and researchers.

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