The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for critical investments in agriculture and climate change relief to address the crisis in Africa’s strife-torn Lake Chad Basin, where hunger, poverty and a lack of rural development prevail.
The Director-General of FAO, José da Silva, stated this in Rome following his visit to some of the worst affected areas in Chad and northeastern Nigeria last week.
Da Silva said the crisis was both humanitarian and ecological, adding agriculture cannot be an “afterthought.”
The FAO Director-General regretted that hunger, poverty and a lack of rural development prevailed in the crisis-hit region.
He said, “This is not only a humanitarian crisis, but it is also an ecological one.
“This conflict cannot be solved only with arms. This is a war against hunger and poverty in the rural areas of the Lake Chad Basin.
“Peace is a prerequisite to resolve the crisis in the region, but this is not enough.
“Agriculture, including livestock and fisheries, can no longer be an afterthought.
“It is what produces food and what sustains the livelihoods of about 90 per cent of the region’s population.”