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New York -- Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, particularly the most urgent one - to reduce the proportion of hungry people in the world by half by 2015 - requires not just shared vision and commitment but shared action on the ground.
In the first year of an exciting initiative funded mainly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, 42,000 smallholder farmers all over the world have been involved in selling food to WFP through the 'Purchase For Progress' pilot programme.
BAMAKO -- Faso Jigi, a federation of farmers' associations in Mali, scored a first this year. Its 2,500 members were finally able to participate and win a tender to sell 600 metric tons (MT) of cereals to WFP.
"This year the sale was quick, they paid us promptly and we made a good profit.
AFGHANISTAN: Satellite imagery of northern Afghanistan indicates that the ongoing drought is the most severe since 2000. Coupled with high food prices and ongoing conflict, this has contributed to deteriorating food security. The Afghan government and the United Nations have jointly appealed for USD 400 million to address emergency needs. Funding the food security component of this appeal is essential to prevent a humanitarian crisis.
EAST AFRICA: Below-normal March-May rains, crop failure, and high prices threaten food security in much of East Africa.