Press Release 97/18
FAO TO ASSIST RECONSTRUCTION OF AGRICULTURE IN GEORGIA
ROME, 16 May -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Georgia have
agreed upon a series of projects to boost the recovery of agriculture and food security
in that country. A “Memorandum on Cooperation” was signed on Thursday evening between
the President of Georgia, Mr. Eduard Shevardnadze, and FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques
Diouf during the President’s visit to FAO.
FAO and Georgia agreed to cooperate in launching the Special Programme for Food
Security in Georgia with FAO funding for water control. The FAO programme in support
of Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries aims at increasing food production and availability
as well as generating income and employment to stem hunger and malnutrition.
Moreover, FAO will finance a $300,000 technical project to strengthen the capability
of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture and other institutions in agricultural policy
review, agricultural trade, prices and subsidies, farm restructuring and privatisation.
FAO also will assist Georgia in combating the Grasshopper plague. This Emergency
Assistance Project and a control plan for the next agricultural season will cost
In addition, FAO and Georgia will cooperate in the preparation of a national seed
industry programme, involving an FAO contribution of $116,500.
President Shevardnadze was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Irakli
Menagarishvili, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Bakur Gulua, and the Minister
of Commerce and International Economic Relations, Mr. Konstantine Zaldastanishvili.