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A statement by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
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16 June 2014

 

149th Session of the FAO Council

Side Event hosted by Morocco:

To share the success of Morocco's national agricultural strategy "Plan Maroc Vert" the engine behind Morocco's achievement of the Millennium Development Goals hunger target; and to sign the FAO-Morocco South-South Cooperation project

Opening Statement

 

Your Excellency Aziz Akhannouch, Minister for Agriculture and Marine Fisheries of the Kingdom of Morocco,

Mr Mamady Conde, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Guinea,

Mr Tariq Sijilmassi, President of the Credit Agricole du Maroc

Excellencies, Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to FAO,

Delegates to the FAO Council and Members of the diplomatic corps,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased to participate in this side event organized by the Government of Morocco.

When I was in Meknes last April, I had the pleasure to announce that Morocco was being recognized by FAO for having met the MDG-1 hunger target of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

The Plan Maroc Vert that promotes the sustainable growth in agricultural production has played a major role in achieving this goal. You will hear more about this experience at today’s event.

And as we welcome the Minister to FAO, we are writing another chapter of our partnership.

Building on previous South-South Cooperation efforts, today we are signing a tripartite agreement through which FAO will assist the Kingdom of Morocco in offering technical assistance to the Republic of Guinea.

This project will contribute to Guinea’s effort to fight hunger and extreme poverty in the country and contemplates work in areas that include development of irrigated agriculture, support to horticulture value chain, and capacity building of the Ministry of Agriculture of Guinea.

This support will be financed through the Trust Fund established by the General Agreement on South-South Cooperation, which I had the pleasure to sign with Minister Akhannouch in Meknes. This way, we are shifting the General Agreement into action only two months after it was created.

Through the Trust Fund, Morocco will contribute to achieving food security in African countries by supporting sustainable agricultural production and improving the management of natural resources.

I am also pleased to acknowledge that the Trust Fund will be receiving a new contribution today from the Credit Agricole du Maroc.

I would like to take this opportunity to note that the partnership between FAO and the Kingdom of Morocco extends to other areas.

While we are working together to support other countries through South-South Cooperation, FAO is also assisting Morocco in its own path towards sustainable development.

I would like to end by thanking Minister Aziz for his personal commitment to strengthen the partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and FAO.

I am confident that we will continue to work closely together towards our common objectives, to the benefit of the people of Morocco and the people of the region.

Thank you for your attention.