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FAO Director-General and President Yaya Jammeh of the Gambia focus on food security during their first ever meeting.

“Grow what you eat and eat what you grow,” President Jammeh says

FAO Director-General and President Yaya Jammeh of the Gambia.

27 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea- South-South cooperation in the areas of research for rice, aquaculture, and cassava production as well as food security, topped the agenda in talks between FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva  and President Yaya Jammeh of the Gambia.

The meeting, which was the FAO chief’s first with the Gambian leader, took place during the African Union summit.

“Grow what you eat and eat what you grow,” President Jammeh said, citing the motto of  Gambia’s Vision 2016 campaign, which aims to make the country free from having to import rice.

The Gambian President also said he shared Graziano da Silva’s views on the importance of good nutrition, especially for children.

For his part, the FAO Director-General thanked the President for supporting the FAO reform programme