Director General meets with Zimbabwe’s Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Development
8 October 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva thanked the Minister Joseph Made for attending the Ministerial meeting on Price volatility and the Committee on Food Security (CFS) during a meeting held at FAO Headquarters. He also commended Zimbabwe for its active participation to FAO debates and discussions through its permanent representation in Rome.
The Minister expressed his gratitude to FAO for the support provided to the country through the years and for Graziano da Silva’s engagement proven with his visit to Zimbabwe.
The Director-General was pleased to hear about the smallholder farmer’s programme that targets 1.6 million farmers. The two principals discussed the mechanization scheme for farmers, access to credit but also how best to reach the most vulnerable people such as women, children and child headed households. During the meeting, Graziano da Silva announced the preparation of an FAO programme to support smallholder’s farmers for irrigation development and mechanization in partnership with the European Union.
The Director-General and Minister Made agreed to implement together the newly adopted Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure, and to pioneer the exercise in the Southern Africa Region.