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Building a sustainable agriculture sector

5 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey – In a signing ceremony here today, on the margins of the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe, Minister of Agriculture of Tajikistan Izzatullo Sattori and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva signed a host country agreement formalizing the status of FAO’s office in Tajikistan.

In his remarks on the occasion, Graziano da Silva noted that the agreement would strengthen FAO's partnership with Tajikistan and

4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — Secretary-General of the D8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation Seyed Ali-Mohammad Mousavi held talks with the Director-General here today, on opening day of the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe.

Also participating in the discussions was D8 Director of Economy and External Relations Kazi Ziaul Hasaw.

Graziano da Silva highlights importance of statistics to improve development

4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — Appreciation for FAO’s continuous support to Ukraine was expressed by Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Olena Kovalova, in a meeting with the Director-General here today on the margins of the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe.

The Deputy Minister noted that FAO’s support is aligned with agreed priorities adopted by the new government. Implementation of a value-chain approach, incentives for organic production, and food

Embassy of Turkmenistan in Rome to strengthen collaboration

4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — On the margins of the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe, which is taking place here this week, the Director-General met with Turkmenistan’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Water Economy Guyzgeldi Bayjanov.

The Deputy Minister expressed appreciation for the support received from FAO, noting that Turkmenistan was the only country in Central Asia with no fixed FAO presence. The imminent opening of an Embassy of

Focus on agricultural diversification

4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — Meeting with the Director-General here today, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Turkey Ulfat Kadirov expressed gratitude for FAO support to Uzbekistan and for the Organization’s presence in the country.

The Ambassador requested assistance from FAO to further diversify agricultural production for greater competitiveness on international markets. He emphasised in particular capacity building for organic agriculture.

The Director-General discussed the importance of developing value chains, including food safety which