FAO Director-General meets with Ghanaian minister for foreign affairs
15 November 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hanna Tetteh at the UN food agency’s Rome headquarters yesterday to discuss cooperation on food security issues, both at the national level and at the broader regional level.
The Director-General opened the meeting by congratulating Ghana for having established a policy environment conducive to promoting agricultural investment and development.
Ghana is among the 18 countries which have achieved both the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of its population experiencing chronic hunger, as well as the more stringent 1996 World Food Summit goal of reducing by half the absolute number of undernourished people between the 1990-92/2010-2012 period.
The FAO Director-General then briefed the minister about FAO’s regional initiatives in Africa, stressing in particular the Organization’s prioritization of food security efforts in the Sahel region.
According to Graziano da Silva, Ghana has an important role to play in those efforts, being capable of producing surplus food that could be used by the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) humanitarian food reserve system.
The two leaders also discussed aquaculture in Ghana and possible collaboration between Brazil and Ghana in further developing the sector, with a particular focus on boosting tilapia production.
Graziano da Silva will visit Ghana in early 2014 to follow-up on these discussions.