Providing agricultural aid to developing countries
Apart from providing food aid to developing countries with inadequate or critical levels of food security, agricultural aid ranging from technical advice to supplying seeds, medicines, and agricultural equipment may be channelled into those areas to revive or bolster agricultural production. In the long-term, developing countries' agricultural systems may thereby be able to produce sufficient food to feed their populations, and not need to rely on food aid.
In 1993, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) channelled almost US$7 million to Somalia through 15 emergency relief operations to help farmers and fisherfolk combat drought, famine and the disrupting effects of civil war by rebuilding the agricultural infrastructure in rural areas. Inputs included seeds, tools, ploughs, vaccines, fishing gear, oxen, rehabilitating veterinary clinics, advice and booklets, among others.
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