Horn of Africa food crisis 'shameful'

2011-08-18 13:20

Rome - A worsening food crisis affecting more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa is unacceptable and should make the world feel ashamed, the head of the UN food agency said on Thursday.

"It is unacceptable for more than 12 million people to be at risk of starvation today," Jacques Diouf, head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, said at the start of a conference on the drought crisis in Rome.

"The required funding is lacking. If governments and their donor partners do not invest now, the appalling famine we are now struggling to redress will return to shame the international community yet again," he said.

Diouf called for immediate food aid to help the worst-affected in the region but also for longer-term assistance to livestock farmers and to crop producers to help strengthen their defences against the impact of climate change.

"Although aid is slowly flowing to affected areas and short-term needs are gradually being met, we must start now to help people build a future," he said.

Drought "is not new to the region but is most likely to increase in intensity, severity and frequency in the coming years owing to climate change," he added.

The UN representatives and government officials were meeting in Rome after the United Nations said this month that only half of the funds required to deal with a crisis that has hit Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

At an emergency meeting in Istanbul on Wednesday, the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation vowed to donate $350m for famine relief in Somalia. More pledges are expected at a donor conference in Ethiopia next week.

The United Nations has officially declared famine in parts of Somalia for the first time this century, including in Mogadishu and four southern regions.

It is the worst crisis in Somalia since 1991-1992, according to the UN.

  • Pictureof - 2011-08-18 13:40

    Should make Africa ashamed.....In fact where are Africas supporters, Fidel , Chaves slanty eyed communist man in Korea? Instead of delivering food America should deliver the equivalent value in farming equipment and computers.

      IC1 - 2011-08-18 15:19

      Lol "slanty eyed communist man in Korea", u mean Kim Il Gook

      Shadoz - 2011-08-18 15:30

      is this South Africa under Malema?

  • Danie - 2011-08-18 13:46

    Just another example that black people cannot lift themselves up.The same is going to hapen in SA, when all the whites are gone

      frangelico - 2011-08-18 14:26

      Danie,these people woill never lift themselves,as they know the white nation will come to there aid.They should also try some self control,stop this overbreeding,don't know where they get the energy from they are starving & malnourished.As soon as they recover they point fingers at the nations that helped them in the first place.

  • Phil - 2011-08-18 14:02

    Africa should be ashamed that it is incapable and/or unwilling to transform an archaic and outdated culture, which will produce so 'called natural disasters' at an ever increasing rate. We need to stop every cent of aid given to Africa, harsh, but it is the only way. Less children, modern farming practices, proper governance. A return to colonialism would be the best solution for all, but hey, you can't say that can you ????

  • Slapper - 2011-08-18 14:11

    What is more shameful is the sham government there and the continuous fighting going on. The AU seem to treat this as normal and do nothing. I disagree that the Americans, who are hated in the Horn of Africa, should shoulder the burden. At some stage the Yanks will pull back from being the provider of free feed to Africa, then what?

  • Pito - 2011-08-18 14:12

    Where is Thabo's/Julius African Union or is this ok for the imperialist to deal with?

  • Jamie - 2011-08-18 14:16

    I agree 12 million shouldn't be starving, it should only be 3 million. Don't send food aid, sort out something to rein in the population explosion. Carrying on procrastinating might also do the trick.

  • Barry M - 2011-08-18 14:26

    "The required funding is lacking. If governments and their donor partners do not invest now, the appalling famine we are now struggling to redress will return to shame the international community yet again." - Jacques Diouf It’s the yet again that gets to me - if these people would stop breeding like flies I might feel sorry for them and be inclined to get involved - but they sit there with their pitifully thin children waiting for handouts from the west - and these scrawny doe-eyed little sods grow up wielding AK 47's, hi-jacking ships and aid workers for random and pomping everything in sight and then the cycle perpetuates itself again in a few years time - well Mr Jacques Diouf I say sod them - if they haven’t learnt yet they never will.

      2WhiteStars - 2011-08-18 15:34

      Couldn't have said it better myself. Except to add: STOP FEEDING THE HAND THAT BITES YOU.

  • Tommy - 2011-08-18 14:28

    The culling machine she is weking!

  • daaivark - 2011-08-18 14:31

    You people are disgusting. I am ashamed to be part of the human race with you. Such suffering and THIS is how you respond. SIS!

      Carlito - 2011-08-18 14:37

      i is shameful these makes me ashamed to be a white south african.

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-18 15:01

      Just think, the suffering would be halved if they'd had half the amount of kids!!!!!

      Tom - 2011-08-18 15:22

      daaivark you often say things on these blogs that I totally disagree with. Today is different, you haven't said anything, to the fact the people in Africa are starving. You have simply opted to run your fellow country men down. I won’t start on carlito, that was just self righteous. The people you are running down see that there is a serious problem and have come up with some valid comments on possible solutions. I agree watching starving people is horrible but sending the resources of responsible nations to a bottomless pit is like wise horrible. What do You suggest would be a solution to the millions starving?

      2WhiteStars - 2011-08-18 15:35

      But you have to admit that "aid" is not working.

      Shadoz - 2011-08-18 15:38

      Daaivark lets hear what you have to say? These poor people are suffering yes i agree and i don't think it is right but they have the ability to stop it and correct there way of life but they don't. These comments in a way are right they know there situation yet they continue to have children. Would you bring children into the world if you can't feed them? i don't think so. There abilty to breed like flies is there own downfall.

  • letsee - 2011-08-18 14:37

    The competence of African leaders is shameful PERIOD. Africa is in the process of being colonized again, this time financially with the China leading the pack.

  • vasti - 2011-08-18 14:38

    This week on SABC: The African problems should be resolved by africa, (AU). The famine in Somalia should also be resolved by Africa. Africa do not want the help of the west, it is only needed when there is famine and hungry people to be fed, then the begging bowl comes out!

  • Ockert - 2011-08-18 14:44

    Soon the tip of Africa, and the world must be ashamed, why ?

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-18 14:56

    Wrong! The food crisis isn't shameful. It's the over-breeding that is shameful. Can't feed 'em ... don't breed 'em. Common logic 101 that most people are born with.

      daaivark - 2011-08-18 15:02

      Well, you clearly don't have kids, but I bet most of the other "don't breed" mob have. Really people, listen to yourselves. SHAME ON YOU!!!

      daaivark - 2011-08-18 15:03

      Judging from some comments you have made elsewhere, you shouldn't mention logic too loudly.

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-18 15:06

      And I notice every now and then you take your head out of the sand and post the most inane BS. Best you keep your head buried deep down in the sand boet.

      Stryder - 2011-08-18 15:17

      @Daaivark - A huge pain in my heart is that I am childless, but I will not have kids until I can afford to raise them in the right way. Don't breed if you cannot feed. There will soon be too many people for the world to support and the majority will be people who should not have been breeding in the first place.

      IC1 - 2011-08-18 15:24

      Daaivark, did you gety a dose of " holier than thou", take the blue pill bud

      2WhiteStars - 2011-08-18 15:37

      Spot on. It's actually the bleeding heart liberals and their misguided plans to save the world that are ruining the planet.

  • LloydSix - 2011-08-18 14:56

    This might sound heartless and mean but think about this: In nature if an animal is living in an area where they are unable to eat or are unable to feed themselves they die right? Now these people are all starving and unable to feed themselves other than the small amount of aid that is keeping them alive - this allows them to keep breeding and therefore raising their kids in absolute poverty - and so the cycle continues, BUT if aid had to stop it would be terrible in the short term but in the long term would it not stop people from relying on this aid and therefore perhaps force them to move to more fertile land or an area where they might be able to feed themselves? Just a thought.

      daaivark - 2011-08-18 15:01

      And where might this fertile land be?

      brandykzn - 2011-08-18 15:12

      @daaivark ... that fertile land would be available if there was better environmental management in these countries and not the rape and pillage approach Africans have towards land.Once fertile is stripped of trees for cooking fires, land is slashed and burnt for subsistance farming and nothing is ever put back into that land. The scurge of Africa is the one furrow plough and oxen/donkeys. If these countries want a proper agricultural program they should be engaging with willing experienced farmers and environmentalists to establish, damns, irrigation schemes and proper food producing farms. Then they can ask for assistance and I'm pretty sure the donor countries would be more than willing to fund scheme that teach and educate and provide self sustaining programs instead of chuck money and aid into a bottomless pit.

      Shadoz - 2011-08-18 15:41

      it seems that africans are parisites

      Tom - 2011-08-18 16:51

      daaivark you seem to be jumping from one comment to another trying to reaffirm your stance on being a humanitarian, we get it. I actually asked for your opinion. What are Your views to a solution to the above mentioned problem (crisis)?

  • brandykzn - 2011-08-18 15:07

    Why should the rest of the world be expected to support Somalia ? Each country is responsible for it's own citizens. If Somalia wants to change their fate, they should employ better governance, better environmental management and just a touch of common sense. Not every disaster can be blamed on climate change. The horn of africa has been in or out of one crisis after another since I can remember and the Western World regularly villified for interferring in Africa's business, unless of course Africa has it's begging bowl out and wants some kind of support.

      IC1 - 2011-08-18 15:38

      Somalia hasn't had a government for the past 20yrs

      Shadoz - 2011-08-18 15:42

      there is NO working government in Somalia hasnt been in years. just warlords and greed. the african way..

  • Rob - 2011-08-18 15:11

    did you notice that the countries mentioned are majority islamic and muslims are stinking rich. gift of the givers are majority muslims and their account no. has 786 in it. But nevertheless I still contributed.

  • Collitjies - 2011-08-18 15:43

    Their only problem is that they just make more and more babies and expect the rest of the world to feed and clothe them. They live in shacks of wood and plastic and what ever else. They just sit all day waiting to be fed. Next year will be a repeat of this however there will probably be a million more babies.

  • AndV - 2011-08-18 15:56

    Question is where is Mbeki and JM's AU??? They are so quick to critisize the UN's interferance in Africa, as they call it, but what are they doing while innocent people dies - of hunger? So shamefull on Africa and its corruption. Apparently they (and ANC) fought for freedom from the "oppression"f the white minority in SA and protection of their human rights, but do absolutely nothing about Libya, Somalia, Zimbabwe and so the list goes on. Surely they are from another planet!

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