SADC calls for reform of FAO

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rome - The Assistant Secretary-General of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Domingos Caholo, has called for an institutional reform in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to ensure better implementation of its programmes.

"There are effectively good public statements, (and) expression of solidarity for the eradication of hunger and misery, but this requires implementation," the official told journalists on the sidelines of the World Summit on Food Security being organized by the FAO here.

The Angolan official said that because of this, the SADC had come to this summit to propose the creation of an institutional reform to ensure that available resources from donors reached disadvantaged families.

He regretted that the resources made available did not always reach the recipients and he asserted that "many intermediaries, such as consultants, implementing agencies, among others, end up benefiting from all the goods".

The three-day summit, which began on Monday, is being attended by about 60 heads of state and government.

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