EU receives FAO's award for work in food security
President Barroso today received on behalf of the European Union the Jacques Diouf award from the UN’s Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) in recognition of the pioneering work of the EU's Food Facility.
The award recognises the pioneering work of the €1 billion EU's Food Facility, which has so far improved the lives of more than 59 million people in 50 countries.
"The EU has long been the world’s largest donor on food security and nutrition, and it’s very rewarding to see our work being recognised in this way. It has given us the incentive to now make sure that we do even more to help those who need it most by using the prize to top up funding for our work in food resilience and nutrition going forward’, the President said.
The EU’s ground-breaking Food Facility was set up to respond to the food crises which hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel in 2008. It has since then provided substantial and swift support to the worst affected people.
The Food facility has boosted sustainable agricultural production from small-scale farmers, reduced post-harvest losses and facilitated access to markets, improving the lives of more than 59 million people in 50 countries. Beneficiaries saw a 50% increase in agricultural production and a rise in the household annual income of on average €290.