LIVE: World discusses Horn of Africa famine

July 25, 2011 8:50 am
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, ROME, Jul 25 – WATCH a Live stream of the emergency talks on the crisis in the Horn of Africa that began in Rome on Monday, as UN aid agencies and charities scrambled to rescue millions of people hit by the region’s worst drought in 60 years.

The meeting was called by the French government as current head of the G20 group of leading world economies and is being hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which is based in the Italian capital.

France’s agriculture minsiter said that the international community has failed to ensure food security in the world.

“The international community has failed to ensure food security in the world,” Bruno Le Maire told UN aid agency chiefs and charity representatives.

“If we don’t take the necessary measures, famine will be the scandal of this century,” Le Maire said, adding: “Our meeting is a question of life or death for tens of thousands of people.”

France called the meeting at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome as current head of the G20 group of leading world economies.

The worst drought in the region in 60 years has put 12 million people on the brink of starvation and prompted the UN to officially declare a famine in two regions of southern Somalia.

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