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Press Release 01/07


Madrid, 20 February - Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar received on 19 February, the Agricola medal struck in his honour by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in recognition of his "firm and constant promotion of the development of agriculture and for defending the interests of rural communities with the objective of eradicating hunger and promoting peace."

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf presented the medal to Mr. Aznar during a ceremony in Madrid yesterday. The Agricola medal honours distinguished personalities for their commitment and support to the promotion of sustainable food production, world food security and international cooperation.

The Agricola medal was a sincere recognition of Mr. Aznar's commitment to development in the agricultural sector and to world food security, Mr. Diouf said. He underlined that Spain had generously offered its experience and knowledge as well as its financial resources to support progress in agriculture and food security in developing countries.

Prior to Prime Minister Aznar, several world leaders have received the Agricola medal, including: the late Keizo Obuchi, former Prime Minister of Japan, President Jacques Chirac of France, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, President Jiang Zemin of China and President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana.


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