FAO Director-General meets Bulgaria’s Minister for Agriculture and Food
19 June 2014, Roma – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today held a meeting with Bulgaria’s Minister for Agriculture and Food, Dimitar Grekov, who was in Rome to attend the FAO Council.
Graziano da Silva and Grekov discussed several bilateral cooperation topics, including the key role academia and research institutes play in achieving food security and good nutrition for all.
“Education in agriculture does not only bring benefits to the people involved in it, but also provides an effective protection net against the effects of the economic crisis,” Grekov noted, adding that Bulgaria’s agricultural science facilities can also play a role in FAO’s work. To this end, FAO is already engaged in a successful collaboration with Bulgaria’s Agrobioinstitute.
The Minister described Bulgaria’s “deep traditions of agricultural production” and its traditional role as an agrarian country, where “climate provides for the production of all kinds of agricultural products.”
He also noted how Bulgaria, a FAO member since 1967, actively strives to participate in all FAO activities. “Also, as a new European Union member, we have to boost cooperation with the Organization,” Grekov added.
The Bulgarian Minister for Agriculture and Food also expressed support for the high-level, intergovernmental Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), which FAO is co-organizing with the United Nations World Health Organization in Rome in November 2014. He described ICN2 as “an initiative of exceptional importance,” in remarks made after meeting FAO’s Director-General. “I fully support it,” he added
Grekov also stressed the importance of redoubling efforts to include academia to play a more active and wider role in the nutrition debates.