Argentina Praises FAO’s New Direction
11 June 2013, Rome, Italy. During a meeting today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the Argentine Minister of Agriculture, Norberto Gustavo Yauhar, stressed that FAO should continue to strengthen its role in raising the issue of food insecurity across the globe, as the organization works toward the eradication of hunger and malnutrition.
Yauhar underlined his country’s support for the FAO’s reform moves under the Director General’s guidance. The Minister said Argentina supports the Plan of Work and Budget proposed by Graziano da Silva, on which FAO member countries will decide during the FAO Conference that begins Saturday, 15 June.
The Minister noted, however, that FAO programmes should be targeted at the local level, by creating solid links with national Agriculture ministries, and by ensuring that a strong system of continuous monitoring and evaluation takes stock of progress throughout the lifetimes of projects. Strategic programmes must be well devised from the outset and accurately budgeted in detail. Moreover, this approach will be key to securing concrete impacts on the lives of people working in agriculture, with a ripple effect at all levels of society. Yauhar added that FAO could help to support trainings on this sort of approach at the country level.
Yauhar said that in this vein, Argentina is working in countries such as Mozambique and Angola.
Under new proposals that would recalibrate member countries’ assessed commitment levels to FAO’s core budget, Argentina would be contributing more than 50 percent more than previously for the next biennium (2014-2015). The Minister underlined, however, that with these changes in approach, Argentina is pleased to support FAO.