Director-General of FAO meets with President of Mongolia
4 October 2012, Ulaanbaator, Mongolia – In his first official mission to Mongolia, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of food security and agriculture in Mongolia and abroad.
The Director-General and the Minister of Industry and Agriculture of Mongolia, Khaltmaa Battulga, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect, bolstering joint efforts to defeat hunger, increase agricultural production and improve rural livelihoods. The agreement has a duration of five years and lays out priority areas for cooperation, including: sustainable livestock development, agriculture, forestry management, disaster preparedness, improvement of food supply chains and food safety, aquaculture, agricultural statistics and south-south cooperation.
“FAO is committed to supporting Mongolia’s effort in eradicating hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture. At, the same time, I am encouraged by Mongolia’s willingness to increase its engagement in South-South Cooperation,” said Graziano da Silva.
During his visit to Mongolia, the Director-General also met with the Deputy Prime Minister Terbishdagva Dendev and the Minister Minister for Nature, Environment and Green Development, Sanjaasuren Ouyn, among other government officials, and representatives of Mongolian civil society and private sector.
Mongolia has an estimated 50 million animals between goats, sheeps, horses, camels and cows and it has the goal of converting itself in a main meat provider to the countries in the region. Given the fragility of some arid and semi-arid parts of the country, the introduction of more modern and sustainable production processes are needed.
In Mongolia, the Director-General also visited D. Ochirsuren, a herdsman in the outskirts Ulaanbaator who is undergoing this transition process from traditional to more modern and sustainable production practices.