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Minister offers FAO the country’s agricultural experience and traditions

18 June 2013, Rome -  Bulgarian Minister for Agriculture and Food Dimitar Grekov offered to make his country’s  agricultural knowledge and traditions available to FAO at a meeting with the Director-General here today. José Graziano da Silva congratulated the Minister on his recent appointment and welcomed his offer, noting Bulgaria’s regional role and its wide technical experience and knowledge of agriculture.


Graziano da Silva hightlights Turkey’s emerging role and support to its region

18 June 2013, Rome -  Turkey’s Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Mehmet Mehdi Eker, expressed strong support for FAO’s decentralization and reform process at a meeting with Director-General José Graziano da Silva here today. The Minister also expressed his country’s interest in working more closely with FAO. Graziano da Silva, on his side, underlined Turkey’s emerging role and the strong support it provides in its region.  


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Agriculture Minister underlines the importance of cooperation with FAO

18 June 2013, Rome, Italy -  Iranian Agriculture Minister Sadegh Khalilian has expressed strong support for FAO’s proposed Programme of Work and Budget. At  a meeting yesterday with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the Minister also expressed his country’s interest in further strengthening cooperation with the Organization and suggested that Iranian expertise could be used in the framework of South-South-Cooperation.

Click here to listen to H.E. Sadegh Khalilian. 

FAO activities central to Senegal’s rural development

Rome, le 18 juin 2013- Senegal’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Abdoulaye Baldé, detailed his country’s new food security and social protection programmes at a meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

The programmes are modelled on Brazil’s successful Bolsa Familia social welfare programme, he told the Director-General when they met yesterday during the 38th Session of FAO’s Governing Conference, taking place here from June 15-22. Bolsa Familia

17 June 2013, Rome - Norwegian Ministers Heikki Holmas (International Development) and Trygve Slagsvold (Agriculture and Food) met with Director-General José Graziano da Silva at FAO today.