Director-General meets Senegal’s Minister for Agriculture
1 November 2013, Dakar, Senegal - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today congratulated Papa Abdoulaye Seck on his appointment as Senegal’s Minister for Agriculture and recalled the many years that Seck collaborated with FAO as Director General of the Africa Rice Centre.
The two officials discussed global food security and nutrition and Seck stressed that Africa has the potential to be the food basket of the world.
The minister thanked FAO for its work at global level and called for more support in Senegal in particular for the implementation of the Accelerated Programme for Agriculture in Senegal (PRACAS) and the reconstitution of seed capital as main priorities.
Graziano da Silva confirmed FAO’s support, reiterating his words to Senegal’s President Macky Sall at their meeting in Tokyo during the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
The Director-General said the government of Senegal could capitalize on FAO’s good practices and achievements in water and soil and assured the minister that the Organization will continue to assist the government in its priority areas through its Country Programming Framework.
The minister said he would work together with FAO and take a leading role in the commission preparing for the International Year for Family Farming in 2014.