Graziano da Silva meets Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
14 February 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva wished Yemen success following the country’s recently announced move to become a federal state as he met with Mohamed Saeed Al Sa’adi, Yemen Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. The Minister noted that Yemen is now in need of the support of all international organizations and entities with experience in the management of regional and federal structures, especially in the field of food security.
Graziano da Silva said that since his visit to Yemen one year ago, FAO has given special attention to assisting the Yemeni Government in a number of fields, citing the assistance in controlling desert locust outbreaks and the introduction of Quinoa as examples.
Regarding the desert locust threat, the Minister informed the Director-General of a recent meeting with the president of the Islamic Development Bank in which $ 300,000 were granted to Yemen. The Minister indicated that this sum would be made available to FAO to use in its work to combat the desert locust in Yemen.
The Director-General also confirmed FAO’s readiness to contribute to agricultural emergency programmes developing from the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen of 2013, which appealed for over $702 million targeting over 7 million people.
The Director-General mentioned the Special Event on Yemen, which will take place during the upcoming Regional Conference for the Near East at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the organizing of such an event.
The Minister informed Graziano da Silva that he met the new FAO Representative in Yemen, Hajj Hassan, and expressed satisfaction with his continuous efforts and active engagement to assist the country.
Both leaders agreed on the paramount importance of South-South Cooperation for Yemen in areas such as agriculture production, fisheries and aquaculture.
The Director-General said that FAO is ready to provide technical support to Yemen in developing and implementing its national fisheries and aquaculture strategy.
During the meeting, the Minister informed the Director-General of the creation of the Supreme Council for Food Security in Yemen.
He also shared the view of the Director-General that the problem of migration that Yemen faces requires a regional approach, and that the involvement of the international community in addressing this issue is crucial.
The Minister invited the Director-General to visit the country again soon.