EBRD-FAO: New programme launched to improve food security in the southern and eastern Mediterranean

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 19 December launched a new $5.5 million technical assistance programme to improve food security in several countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean.

Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, the West Bank and Gaza are concerned by this joint initiative, launched on the occasion of the celebration of “25 years of joint efforts towards more sustainable agri-food systems”.

The programme aims to respond to the crisis in cereal markets impacting on global food security, assist governments to review some of their agri-food policies, and support investments in the modernisation of cereal import systems through the development of the supply and storage system.

It will also help countries to reassess their own food production potential, taking into account climatic and environmental constraints.

Jihan Rmili

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