FAO and US Department of Agriculture sign agreement to strengthen collaboration
Sharing resources to promote sustainable global agriculture
14 March 2007, Rome/Washington - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today signed an agreement to enhance their cooperation to promote and support the development of a viable, sustainable global agriculture system.
Under the terms of the framework agreement, USDA funds and resources, including human resources, can be mobilized to support FAO projects promoting sustainable agricultural development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in developing countries.
USDA grants could finance FAO activities emphasizing poverty eradication through economic growth and permanent improvement of the economic and social conditions of the rural poor in developing countries. Particular effort will be made to mobilize local human and other resources within the beneficiary countries and to ensure that development assistance is based on a dialogue with the partner countries and is in accordance with the countries’ own priorities and national poverty reduction strategies.
“Lasting solutions to hunger and poverty require effective collaboration among all development partners, as well as capacity-building and institutional development in recipient countries,” said John Ziolkowski, Director of FAO’s Liaison Office for North America. “Only by working together in promoting sustainable development and targeting the needs of the poor and hungry can we hope to meet the Millennium Development and World Food Summit Goals.”
The agreement was signed by FAO Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns.
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