An end to famine in Somalia

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 2:47:11 by

Somalia has managed to declare an end to the famine that has plagued the country over the past six months.

However, several organizations in the country warn that this statement does not mean that the emergency is over.

Six months after it began, the United Nations has declared an end to the famine that has lived in Somalia, after a positive harvest and abundant rainfall, coupled with the work of several organizations in the area have made it possible this achievement.

"The arrival of the rains as expected, coupled with considerable agricultural inputs supplied and deployed humanitarian response in the last six months are the main reasons for this improvement," said Jose Graziano da Silva today, the new director general
of FAO, in a press conference held in Nairobi, after his visit to southern Somalia.

"However, the crisis is not over. Only be resolved if the rains are combined with ongoing interventions, coordinated and long term to strengthen the resilience of local people and to involve relief to development. It is impossible to avoid drought but shall
establish measures to try to prevent them from becoming famine. We have three months until the next rainy season, "he added.

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