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Guinea : The Minister of Agriculture attends the FAO Summit.

The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Francisco Mba Olo Bahamonde, attends since last Monday, October 12, the Summit on Food Security in the FAO headquarters in Rome. The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry attends, since Monday, October 12, the 42nd period of sessions of the Committee on World Food Security. It is the first international meeting on food security and nutrition since the world leaders recently approved the objectives of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, an agenda that includes the eradication of hunger for the year 2030, as one of its main goals.

Following the schedule established for this purpose, Francisco Mba Olo Bahamonde intervened this Tuesday, October 13, on behalf of the African Group, on the subject of Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition.

After evaluating the document presented, the Minister emphasized the importance of reinforcing international cooperation and the need for the Committee on World Food Security work strategically in order to offer a clearer vision on the problems that block the development of agriculture in the developing countries. He also stressed that this document is closely related to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), with the requirements of the Maputo Declaration and the alignments of the Declaration of Malabo.

Finally, he specified that the recent signing of the Partnership Agreement between the Government of Equatorial Guinea and FAO constitutes a living example of the reflection of the alignments of the Global Strategic Framework and the convergence of world, regional and national policies.

Minutes later, Mba Olo Bahamonde, accompanied by the Representative-in-office of the Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea before the FAO, Crisantos Obama Ondo and the Director General of Agriculture, Jose Juan Ndong Tomo, held a meeting with the Director General of the FAO, Jose Graziano da Silva. A cordial meeting that served to review the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the FAO. During it, furthermore, the head of Agriculture emphasized the will of the government to develop the productive sector, and assessed the privileged position of the FAO as a strategic partner to accompany the Government in this vast program of national development, in view of Horizon 2020.

In turn, the director General of FAO thanked the Government of Equatorial Guinea for the fruitful cooperation and for the trust deposited in the institution, for the agricultural development of the country, as well as in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition. Graziano da Silva also congratulated the Ministry of Agriculture and forestry for the elaboration of the National Plan of Agricultural Investment and of Food and Nutrition Security (PNIANSA), and clarified that FAP will support the Government in putting into practice a family farm project, which began in 2014 and which includes a general census of the cooperatives or groupings existing in the entire country.

For October 15 and in the framework of the program of the World Food Day, the Minister of Agriculture sent a message to the agricultural people and to the rural population of Equatorial Guinea for them to be dedicated to working the land, as a sustainable manner to achieve good life, health and education.

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