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Cablegate: Fao On "Post Conflict" and Other Emergency

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/EDA WINNICK AND KOTOK
USAID FOR CUMMINGS, OFDA FOR MENGHETTI
USDA/FAS FOR REICH AND HUGHES, USDA FOR MARY CHAMBLISS
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FROM FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE SU FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ
SUBJECT: FAO ON "POST CONFLICT" AND OTHER EMERGENCY
ACTIVITIES

1. SUMMARY: UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO)
OFFICIALS BRIEFED DONORS MAY 21 ON THE SITUATION IN
SELECTED COUNTRIES (INCLUDING IRAQ) RECEIVING EMERGENCY
AGRICULTURAL REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE THROUGH FAO. FAO
WELCOMED INCREASING DONOR SUPPORT FOR EMERGENCIES BUT
NOTED THAT MANY APPEALS WERE STILL UNDERFUNDED. IN THE
CASE OF IRAQ, FAO STAFF STATED THAT AFTER YEARS OF
IMPLEMENTING THE AGRICULTURAL PORTION OF THE OIL FOR FOOD
(OFF) PROGRAM, FAO HAD THE IN-COUNTRY PERSONNEL AND THE
CAPACITY TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO IRAQ'S
AGRICULTURAL REHABILITATION -- IF ADEQUATELY FUNDED. THE
PRESENCE OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM'S (WFP) SENIOR
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR AT THE PODIUM UNDERSCORED WHAT
APPEARS TO BE IMPROVED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE FAO AND
WFP ON THE POST-EMERGENCY REHABILITATION CONTINUUM. END
SUMMARY.

2. FAO OFFICIALS BRIEFED DONORS MAY 21, 2003 ON THE
SITUATION IN SELECTED COUNTRIES RECEIVING EMERGENCY
AGRICULTURAL REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE THROUGH FAO. THE
FOCUS OF THE BRIEFING WAS PRIMARILY "POST-CONFLICT"
COUNTRIES, ALTHOUGH SOUTHERN AFRICA WAS COVERED AS WELL.

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IRAQ
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3. FAO OFFICIALS CHARACTERIZED THE SITUATION IN IRAQ AS
"VERY DIFFICULT" AS FAR AS AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
PRODUCTION. FAO HAS BEEN IN CHARGE OF THE AGRICULTURAL
SEGMENT OF THE OIL FOR FOOD (OFF) PROGRAM SINCE 1997 AND
HAS DISBURSED OVER USD 450 MILLION IN INPUTS. IN CENTRAL
AND SOUTH IRAQ, FAO OBSERVED GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ (GOI)
INPUT DISTRIBUTION TO BENEFICIARIES; IN THE CASE OF DUAL
USE PRODUCTS, CERTIFIED THAT THEY WERE INTENDED FOR
AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES. IN THE NORTHERN GOVERNATES, FAO
FULLY IMPLEMENTED THE AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM BY PROVIDING
INPUTS IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL
REHABILITATION, SUCH AS VACCINATION OF LIVESTOCK AND WELL
DRILLING. FAO HAS ALSO DEVELOPED A 13 YEAR
REHABILITATION PLAN FOR THE NORTHERN GOVERNATES WHICH FAO
OFFICIALS RECOMMENDED TO "THE NEW AUTHORITIES."

4. FAO OFFICIALS RECALLED THAT THE UN USD 2.2 BILLION
FLASH APPEAL CONTAINED A USD 87 MILLION AGRICULTURAL
COMPONENT. ACCORDING TO THE FAO, 30 PERCENT OF THE
POPULATION LIVES IN RURAL AREAS AND ONE THIRD OF THE
COUNTRY'S FOOD REQUIREMENTS ARE GROWN NATIONALLY:
AGRICULTURE MUST BE A PRIORITY. AT THE SAME TIME, MUCH
AS THE COUNTRY HAS DEPENDED ON FOOD RATIONS, SO
AGRICULTURE HAS BEEN DEPENDENT ON STATE SUPPLIED INPUTS;
ACCORDING TO THE FAO, THE IRAQI AGRICULTURAL SECTOR
"CANNOT NOW FUNCTION WITHOUT SUPPORT."

5. ACKNOWLEDGING THAT FOOD AID NEEDS WERE BEING MET, FAO
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STAFF CAUTIONED THAT THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION SIDE WAS
"NOT IN SUCH GOOD SHAPE." A WHEAT HARVEST ESTIMATED AT
700,000 TONS WAS IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE SUPPORT IN THE FORM
OF TRUCKS FOR TRANSPORT, SPARE PARTS FOR COMBINES AND
FUEL. FAO STRESSED THAT THE TOP PRIORITY WAS THE CURRENT
HARVEST AND THE CURRENT PLANTING SEASON. CONCERNING
SEED, FAO REPORTED THAT PREVIOUSLY SEED WAS NOT IMPORTED
-- ALL NATIONAL NEEDS WERE OBTAINED FROM FARMERS.
HOWEVER, FOR THE NEXT SEASON, THEY ANTICIPATED HAVING TO
"IMPORT MASSIVELY."

6. ON POULTRY PRODUCTION, FAO STATED THAT 4,000 FARMS
HAD BEEN PRODUCING POULTRY. THEY NOTED THAT POULTRY WAS
AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF PROTEIN, AS MEAT WAS NOT PROVIDED
IN THE FOOD RATION. MANY FARMS WERE NOT FUNCTIONING;
BIRDS HAD DIED, THERE WAS NO ELECTRICITY. IRAQ'S 1.5
MILLION CATTLE AND 18 MILLION SHEEP AND GOATS NEEDED
VACCINES, BUT COLD CHAINS NEEDED TO BE RESTORED BEFORE
VACCINES WERE PROVIDED.

7. FAO STRESSED THAT THE ORGANIZATION HAS THE IN-COUNTRY

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AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
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SADC COLLECTIVE
AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
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AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
AMEMBASSY ANKARA

UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 04 ROME 002370

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/EDA WINNICK AND KOTOK
USAID FOR CUMMINGS, OFDA FOR MENGHETTI
USDA/FAS FOR REICH AND HUGHES, USDA FOR MARY CHAMBLISS
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FROM FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE SU FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ
SUBJECT: FAO ON "POST CONFLICT" AND OTHER EMERGENCY
ACTIVITIES

NATIONALS, THE EXPERIENCE AND THE CAPACITY TO PLAY A
SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN IRAQ'S AGRICULTURAL REHABILITATION.
TO DATE, HOWEVER, ONLY THE UK HAD PROVIDED USD 2.2
MILLION FOR POULTRY AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTION. IN URGING
DONOR SUPPORT, FAO OFFICIALS NOTED THAT EXISTING
CONTRACTS UNDER THE OFF PROGRAM WAS MEANT TO ADDRESS THE
SITUATION BEFORE THE CURRENT CRISIS. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY
HAVE EXISTING CONTRACTS FOR POULTRY FEED, BUT NOT FOR
VACCINES, DRUGS AND INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR. (FURTHERMORE,
FAO HAD THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD COUNT ON RESOURCES WITHIN
COUNTRY, BUT USD 500 MILLION OF AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS
IN STORAGE HAD BEEN STOLEN AND THE FAO OFFICES IN BAGHDAD
WERE LOOTED.) THAT BEING SAID, ACCORDING TO ASSISTANT
DIRECTOR GENERAL (ADG) HENRI CARSALADE, FAO IS REVISING
ITS SHARE OF THE UN APPEAL TO REFLECT ITS ASSESSMENT OF
THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND AND TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS
NO OVERLAP WITH OFF.

8. DONOR QUESTIONS FOCUSED ON THE ABSENCE OF MARKET
MECHANISMS IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR AND THE NEED FOR
FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS. FAO OFFICIALS AGREED ON THE NEED
FOR REFORMS, NOTING THAT FAO HAD BEEN WORKING ON THIS
ISSUE SINCE BEFORE THE CONFLICT. ADG CARSALADE STATED
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THAT "ONCE THE AUTHORITIES ARE GIVEN LEGITIMACY BY THE
UN" THE FAO WOULD BE ABLE TO "OFFER PROPOSALS FOR FAR-
REACHING REFORM TO THE AUTHORITIES."

AFGHANISTAN -- MOVING FROM INPUTS TO POLICY
--------------------------------------------
9. IN 2002, ENDOWED WITH FULL FUNDING FROM DONORS (SOME
USD 44 MILLION), FAO FOCUSED ON PROVIDING AGRICULTURAL
INPUTS SUCH AS SEEDS, LOCUST CONTROL AND PROVISION OF
CHICKS AND EGGS. ACCORDING TO FAO OFFICIALS THESE INPUTS
SUCCESSFULLY REACHED "ALL CORNERS" OF AFGHANISTAN,
INCLUDING REFUGEES AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED.

10. FAO IS MOVING AWAY FROM INPUTS IN 2003 AND TOWARDS
POLICY ADVICE AND TRAINING FOR THE MINISTRY OF
AGRICULTURE (MINAG). ULTIMATELY FAO HOPES TO MOVE FOOD
SECURITY AND EARLY WARNING ACTIVITIES INTO THE MINAG. A
SAMPLE OF CURRENT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: TRAINING FOR
GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN OFFICIALS TO PUT IN PLACE
LOCUST CONTROL MEASURES; PERFORMING, WITH THE MINAG, A
SURVEY ON WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION; A SURVEY ON THE
HORTICULTURE SECTOR, INCLUDING STUDIES ON MARKETING AND
POST-HARVEST. FAO SUPPORT FOR VACCINATION AGAINST
LIVESTOCK DISEASES (INCLUDING FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE,
ANTHRAX, NEWCASTLE DISEASE AND SHEEP POX) CONTINUES TO BE
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, NOT ONLY FOR AFGHANISTAN, BUT TO
PROTECT LIVESTOCK IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES. FAO AND WFP
WILL FIELD AN ANNUAL CROP ASSESSMENT MISSION IN JUNE
2003.

OPIUM POPPY CULTIVATION
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11. FAO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GENERAL HENRI CARSALADE NOTED
THAT OPIUM PRODUCTION HAD "EXPLODED" IN 2002; THE AREAS
WHERE POPPY WAS GROWN (SOME 40 PERCENT OF ARABLE LAND)
WERE KNOWN AND MAPPED, BUT THE AREAS WERE "NOT CONTROLLED
BY THE CENTRAL AUTHORITIES." FAO IS COLLABORATING WITH
THE UN OFFICE OF DRUG CONTROL POLICY (UNDCP) TO DEVELOP
PROPOSALS FOR ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOODS TO OPIUM POPPY
CULTIVATION, FOCUSING ON EXPANDING TRADITIONAL CROPS AND
IN LINE WITH THE GOA'S SOON TO BE FINALIZED NATIONAL DRUG
CONTROL STRATEGY. FAO OFFICIALS NOTED THAT FAO HAS
INITIATED FAO'S SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR FOOD SECURITY (SPFS)
IN AFGHANISTAN, AND THAT TWO OF THE SPFS PROJECTS ARE TO
BE IN POPPY-GROWING AREAS. (COMMENT: SPFS PROJECTS ARE
TYPICALLY PILOT-TYPE PROJECTS CO-FUNDED BY FAO AND THE
HOST GOVERNMENT. END COMMENT). AFGHAN PRESIDENT KARZAI
HAD ALSO REQUESTED FAO SUPPORT FOR REFORESTATION, AND FAO
WILL BE DEVELOPING PROPOSALS IN THAT AREA.

...BUT RESOURCES STILL NEEDED

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USMISSION GENEVA
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AMEMBASSY KABUL
AMEMBASSY LUANDA
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA
SADC COLLECTIVE
AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
AMEMBASSY ANKARA

UNCLAS SECTION 03 OF 04 ROME 002370

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/EDA WINNICK AND KOTOK
USAID FOR CUMMINGS, OFDA FOR MENGHETTI
USDA/FAS FOR REICH AND HUGHES, USDA FOR MARY CHAMBLISS
UNCLASSIFIED

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FROM FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE SU FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ
SUBJECT: FAO ON "POST CONFLICT" AND OTHER EMERGENCY
ACTIVITIES

----------------------------
12. ACCORDING TO ANNE BAUER, DIRECTOR OF FAO'S EMERGENCY
OPERATIONS AND REHABILITATION DIVISION, THE LATEST APPEAL
FOR AFGHANISTAN, ISSUED IN DECEMBER 2002, CONTAINED A USD
44 MILLION COMPONENT FOR AGRICULTURE. SHE NOTED THAT
DONORS HAD NOT YET RESPONDED AS GENEROUSLY AS IN 2002 AND
SHE APPEALED TO DONORS TO FUND THE ACTIVITIES, "OR ELSE
FAO WILL NEED TO SCALE DOWN DRAMATICALLY IN AFGHANISTAN."

SOUTHERN AFRICA -- LOOKING THROUGH THE HIV/AIDS LENS
--------------------------------------------- -------
13. FAO OFFICIALS NOTED THAT THE FOOD EMERGENCY IN
SOUTHERN AFRICA WAS "NOT JUST A DROUGHT-INDUCED CRISIS"
AND CALLED ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT, EVEN WITH
IMPROVING WEATHER AND CROPS, SOME 15 MILLION HIV/AIDS
VICTIMS WOULD STILL NEED SOME FORM OF FOOD AID. WFP
OFFICIAL FRANCESCO STRIPPOLI ADDED THAT THE SITUATION IN
ZIMBABWE AND SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE WAS "NOT VERY
PROMISING;" A REGIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION WAS STILL
NEEDED, BUT "LOWER THAN THE CURRENT ONE." HE NOTED THAT
THE SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE WAS CAUSED BY "GOVERNANCE"
PROBLEMS.

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14. FAO OFFICIALS STATED THAT THEY HAD RAISED SOME USD
17 MILLION -- ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF THE APPEAL. THEY HAVE
BENEFITED SOME 500,000 HOUSEHOLDS WITH SEEDS, TOOLS,
LIVESTOCK REPLENISHMENT, ANIMAL DISEASE CONTROL AND
DROUGHT AND LABOR-SAVING TOOLS AND PRACTICES. FAO
OFFICIALS STATED THAT, LOOKING UPSTREAM, THEY WOULD
"REVIEW EVERYTHING FAO DOES IN THE REGION THROUGH THE
HIV/AIDS LENS." THIS INCLUDES ADDING NEW INDICATORS FOR
EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS AND TARGETING ELDERLY WOMEN AND
ORPHANS("THOSE WHO BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE CRISIS.")

15. DONOR COMMENTS ON SOUTHERN AFRICA FOCUSED ON
ZIMBABWE, PARTICULARLY QUESTIONS ON FAO'S "DIALOGUE WITH
THE GOVERNMENT" CONCERNING OPENING MARKETS AND THE
SITUATION OF DISPLACED COMMERCIAL FARMERS AND FARM
WORKERS. FAO OFFICIALS RESPONDED THAT THE "SITUATION IN
ZIMBABWE REMAINS VERY SERIOUS." CONCERNING THE MOST
RECENT CROP ASSESSMENT, FAO OFFICIAL HENRI JOSSERAND
STATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE WAS STILL
"DEFINING ITS POSITION POSITION" AS REGARDS THIS YEAR'S
HARVEST."

ANGOLA
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16. FAO OFFICIALS BRIEFLY DISCUSSED THE SITUATION IN
ANGOLA. IN 2002, DONORS (PRIMARILY THE UNITED STATES AND
JAPAN) PROVIDED FUNDS FOR SEEDS AND TOOLS. IN 2003 THE
FAO APPEAL IS FOCUSING ON ASSISTANCE TO INTERNALLY
DISPLACED (IDP) ANGOLANS. WITH THE USD 7.5 MILLION
ALREADY RAISED (INCLUDING FROM THE UNITED STATES) THEY
EXPECT TO REACH SOME 360,000 HOUSEHOLDS. THE FUNDS
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RAISED, HOWEVER, ARE SHORT OF THE APPEAL. FAO CALLED THE
CAMPAIGN TO REACH RETURNING IDPS "THE LARGEST CAMPAIGN
ANYWHERE."

SRI LANKA - SIMULTANEOUS PROGRAMMING OF EMERGENCY AND
DEVELOPMENT
--------------------------------------------- -------

17. THE JUNE 9-10 PLEDGING CONFERENCE IN TOKYO WILL
ENABLE FAO TO EMBARK ON A DETAILED PROJECT PREPARATION
FOR SRI LANKA. FAO OFFICIALS REPORTED THAT "SINCE THE
PEACE PROCESS WAS MOVING POSITIVELY" IN SRI LANKA, THEY
WERE DOING "SIMULTANEOUS PROGRAMMING" OF DEVELOPMENT AND
EMERGENCY ACTIVITIES. TWENTY YEARS OF CONFLICT HAS
RESULTED IN REDUCED AREAS OF CULTIVATION, LIVESTOCK LOST
AND FISHING AFFECTED BY DESTRUCTION OF FISHING
INFRASTRUCTURE. FAO'S USD 135 MILLION APPEAL IS INTENDED
TO WORK ON IMPROVING INSTITUTIONAL AND HUMAN RESOURCE
CAPACITY, IMPROVE ACCESS TO PRODUCTION ASSETS AND START
INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION.

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USMISSION GENEVA
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AMEMBASSY KABUL
AMEMBASSY LUANDA
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA
SADC COLLECTIVE
AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
AMEMBASSY ANKARA

UNCLAS SECTION 04 OF 04 ROME 002370

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/EDA WINNICK AND KOTOK
USAID FOR CUMMINGS, OFDA FOR MENGHETTI
USDA/FAS FOR REICH AND HUGHES, USDA FOR MARY CHAMBLISS
UNCLASSIFIED

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FROM FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE EAID EAGR AN AF CE SU FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ SU AORC FAO IQ
SUBJECT: FAO ON "POST CONFLICT" AND OTHER EMERGENCY
ACTIVITIES

SUDAN
------

18. FAO FIELDED AN ASSESSMENT MISSION TO SUDAN IN
FEB/MARCH OF 2003. BASED ON THE ASSUMPTIONS THAT: THE
PEACE AGREEMENT WILL REMAIN FRAGILE; INSECURITY WILL
INCREASE IN POCKETS; ACCESS WILL INCREASE; NATURAL
RESOURCE-BASED CONFLICTS WILL CONTINUE AND BUILDING
CAPACITY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTIONS WILL TAKE A
WHILE, FAO IS DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC APPROACH BASED ON
THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS. THIS INCLUDES: USING
RELIEF TO LEVERAGE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES, INTEGRATING
CAPACITY BUILDING WITH RELIEF AND RECOVERY USING MARKET
BASED INPUTS, WORKING WITH OTHER ACTORS (IOM, WFP AND
UNICEF) ON REINTEGRATION OF IDPS. IN THE SHORT TERM, FAO
IS FOCUSING ON IMPROVING PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY OF THE
AGRICULTURAL SECTOR. OF THE USD 320 MILLION FOR THE UN'S
"QUICK START" PROGRAM, USD 127 IS FOR FOOD AID, AND USD
27 MILLION IS FOR AGRICULTURE

FAO/WFP COLLABORATION
----------------------
19. WFP OFFICIAL FRANCESCO STRIPPOLI EXPLAINED THAT THAT
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FAO AND WFP WERE "AT A NEW STAGE OF HIGHLY INTEGRATED
COOPERATION." ACCORDING TO STRIPPOLI, THE TWO
ORGANIZATIONS WERE "TAKING STOCK" OF WHERE THEY WORK
TOGETHER, AND MOVING FORWARD BASED ON LESSONS LEARNED.
CURRENTLY THEY ARE WORKING ON IMPROVING JOINT ASSESSMENT
METHODOLOGY AND ON HIV/AIDS AND HAVE RECENTLY SIGNED AN
AGREEMENT ON "LOGISTICS AND MUTUAL SUPPORT IN THE FIELD."

COMMENT
-------

20. THE PRESENCE OF A SENIOR WFP OFFICIAL AT AN FAO
DONOR BRIEFING ON EMERGENCY ACTIVITIES WAS A FIRST -- AND
A MOST WELCOME SIGN OF IMPROVED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE
TWO ORGANIZATIONS. HALL

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