Los niños tienen acceso a agua potable en la escuela “El Esfuerzo” en la isla de San Andrés (Colombia).
@ FAO/Clara Vargas
El programa Mesoamérica sin hambre ayuda a comunidades vulnerables en Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras y Panamá a aprovechar el agua de lluvia como fuente de agua potable y para el riego en épocas de sequía.
Between June 2016 and June 2017, the number of people in “emergency” and “crisis” levels of food insecurity (IPC Phase 4 and 3) – which precede “famine” levels – and requiring urgent food aid has risen to 7.7 million.
The third consecutive failed rainy season has seriously eroded families' resilience, and urgent and effective livelihood support is required. The most affected areas are in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Crop production last year already fell by 40 per cent compared with the pre-conflict average. This year, the harvest will be even lower due to poor rains, the FAO Director-General told the UN Security Council today.
Agriculture accounts for more than 80 per cent of all freshwater withdrawals in the region. As more frequent and intense heat waves and reduced rainfall will curb growing seasons, there is a need for efficient water management practices.