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FAO and Turkmenistan cooperate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Talks on the sidelines of FAO’s Regional Conference in Voronezh

17 May 2018, Voronezh, Russian FederationOn the margins of the 31st session of FAO’s Regional Conference for Europe, Graziano da Silva today met with Hudayberdi Hajyyev, of Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.

He commended the efforts of Turkmenistan in increasing investment in agriculture and rural development. He also acknowledged the ongoing cooperation of Turkmenistan with FAO and invited the country to finalize the new Country Programming Framework for 2018-2020 as a strategic umbrella for a more strengthened partnership.

Minister Hajyyev thanked FAO Director-General for engaging Turkmenistan in the implementation of a number of sub regional initiatives, particularly the Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM) and the Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI).

Graziano da Silva also invited Turkmenistan to play a more proactive role in FAO’s technical bodies and in particular to become a member of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, an FAO statutory body and the only permanent intergovernmental forum concerned with sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture.