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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

Reform process in agriculture and rural development

4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — FAO Director-General met here today with Boban Ilik, Secretary General of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe, on the margins of FAO’s 30th Regional Conference for Europe.

The two shared their views on an already excellent working relationship between FAO and the Standing Working Group, or SWG, and on support to SWG members in the reform process in agriculture and rural

Request for FAO's assistance on ground water resources

3 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — FAO’s Director-General met here today with Eduard Grama, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova, on the margins of the 30th Regional Conference for Europe.

The Minister expressed satisfaction with his country’s collaboration with FAO, in particular in the area of genetic resources for food and agriculture. He requested additional assistance from the Organisation on groundwater resources, especially in relation to agriculture.

Meeting at FAO's regional governing body in Turkey

3 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — Romania’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Achim Irimescu met with the Director-General here today, one day before the opening of FAO’s 30th Regional Conference for Europe.

The Minister indicated that Romania would welcome still greater collaboration with FAO in the form of field projects in the country. Of particular interest would be the strengthening of rural areas, especially mountainous areas, with special attention

Focus on South South Cooperation

3 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey - Vice Minister Gulmira Issayeva, of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, met with the Director-General here today on the eve of the 30th Regional Conference for Europe.

Accelerated South-South Cooperation, especially with China in the field of organic agriculture, was a priority for Kazakhstan, she said, noting the growing demand for organic products in Russia, China and Iran.

The Vice Minister expressed satisfaction