World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Long-Term Solution To Chronic Food Shortages

Eritrea: UN Relief Official Calls For Long-Term Solution To Chronic Food Shortages

New York, Oct 18 2006 11:00AM

A senior United Nations relief official wrapped up a five-day visit to Eritrea today, stressing the need for stronger links between humanitarian assistance and long-term measures to address the underlying causes of food shortages in the poor East African country.

Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Kjell Magne Bondevik, met with President Isayas Afwerki and other senior government officials as well as with non-governmental organizations (NGOs,) the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the donor community.

He also made a field trip to Debub region in southern Eritrea to see first hand some of the government’s food security initiatives and reached agreement to conduct a joint workshop on the operational aspects of the Government’s strategy, including the cash for work policy.

With two consecutive good rainy seasons in the highlands, Eritrea expects food supplies to improve soon, but at present malnutrition rates remain high in some regions due to the extended impact of four consecutive years of drought.

Mr. Bondevik also underlined the importance of overall regional developments on the humanitarian situation, and expressed concern over the possible humanitarian consequences should Eritrea’s violation of the Temporary Security Zone between it and Ethiopia lead to an escalation of tension.

Both Mr. Annan and the Security Council have called on Eritrea to withdraw some 1,500 troops and 15 tanks that it recently moved into the zone in “a major breach” of the ceasefire that ended the two-year border war between the two countries from 1998-2000.

Mr. Annan appointed Mr. Bondevik, a former Norwegian Prime Minister, as special envoy for the region in February as part of the response to the recurrent drought and chronic food insecurity devastating the Horn of Africa, which also include Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia and parts of Kenya.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN: Bachelet Calls On Mexico To Step Up Efforts As Tragic Milestone Reached Of More Than 100,000 Disappearances

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called on the Mexican authorities to step up efforts to ensure truth and justice for victims of disappearances, who now number more than 100,000, according to official data... More>>

ADC: Statement On The Assassination Of Shireen Abu Akleh

Early this morning in Jenin, Occupied Palestine, revered Palestinian voice Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American journalist for Al Jazeera, was assassinated by Israeli Occupation Forces snipers...

Ukraine: UN Rights Office Probe Spotlights Harrowing Plight Of Civilians

Almost 76 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, countless civilians remain caught up in the horror and destruction of war, UN rights investigators said on Tuesday... More>>

Access Now: Elon Musk’s Twitter Buyout Must Not Come At The Expense Of Human Rights

Following today’s announcement that Elon Musk will acquire complete ownership of Twitter in a cash sale of around 44 billion USD, pending shareholder approval, Access Now urges Twitter’s Board, employees, and shareholders... More>>

UN: Biodiversity And Ecosystem Protection Highlighted On Mother Earth Day

Marking International Mother Earth Day, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid urged on Friday, for collective action to safeguard biodiversity and protect ecosystems... More>>

Ukraine: Hundreds More Reach Safety After Fleeing Besieged Mariupol
In Ukraine, humanitarians said on Wednesday that hundreds of people have managed to reach safety after fleeing Mariupol, where there’s also been condemnation for the killing of Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius... More>>