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FAO and Uzbekistan agree to expand cooperation

Ambassador welcomes the commemoration of the International Year of Family Farming
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FAO Director-General meets Ambassador-at-large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan

3 April 2014, Bucharest, Romania – Strengthening cooperation with FAO and expanding FAO programmes in Uzbekistan – particularly on irrigation, water management and food safety issues  – were the focus of FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva’s meeting today with the Ilhomjon Nematov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

The meeting was conducted on the sidelines of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Europe, which is the Organization’s regional governing body for Europe and Central Asia, and where Ambassador Nematov headed the Uzbekistan delegation.

Nematov confirmed the Uzbek government’s willingness to host a FAO Representation office in Tashkent, for better coordination of the technical expertise needed. He also invited FAO to participate in the International Conference 'Vegetable Growing, Horticulture and Viticulture, Source of Increasing Efficiency of a Food Programme', to be held in Tashkent in June.  

The Ambassador also expressed the Government’s interest in commemorating the International Year of Family Farming 2014 in Uzbekistan, especially in light of the fact that 95 percent of food produced in the country is produced by small farms.