The Federal Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has launched a $17 million initiative for technical and policy assistance to help farmers increase food production in poor countries affected by high food prices.

Field activities are starting in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mozambique and Senegal. FAO will also help governments prepare actions and strategies to increase agricultural production.

In collaboration with the World Food Programme and others, FAO will establish a food market information unit to pull together and analyze various data sources at local, national and international levels.