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FAO Director-General meets with Yemen’s Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation

Graziano da Silva highlights the need for a concerted strategy in the country
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Meeting with Farid Mujawar, Yemen's Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation.

27 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met withYemen’s Minister of  Agriculture and Irrigation Farid Ahmed Mogawar at FAO headquarters today.

On the sidelines of the Regional Conference for the Near East, a Special Event on Yemen was organized to draw the attention of all Members to  the importance of a joint coordinated approach to support Yemeni agriculture,  rural development and food security.

“The problems of Yemen are of concern to the region and solutions can only come from a concerted strategy. This is why a multi-donor programme is advised and we are working on its preparation,” said Graziano da Silva.

Minister Mogawar thanked the FAO Director-General “for the interest and attention given to Yemen” and underlined the strong cooperation with FAO in several areas, including controlling the desert locust outbreaks in the country with an emergency technical cooperation programme, the  fight against the tuta absoluta – a species of moth, also known as a ‘tomato leafminer’-  as well as ways to approach  the red palm weevil outbreak.

He also thanked FAO for its efforts of introducing quinoa in Yemen. “After a successful experimental phase, we are now in the feasibility study before generalizing and distributing it to farmers,” the Minister explained.

The Minister commended FAO for the active approach of its representation in Yemen and highlighted the commitment shown by the newly appointed  FAO Representative in the country.