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Mandela’s birthday to be a food security and nutrition event

Agriculture Minister invites Rome-based agencies to South Africa

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, South Africa at FAO headquarters .©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

19 June 2013, Rome –  The upcoming birthday party which South Africa is preparing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday next month will be a thematic event on food security and nutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was told.

The news was given to him by South African Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Tina Joemat-Pettersson when the  Director-General enquired about Mandela’s health during a meeting  yesterday. The South African statesman will be 95 on 18 July. 

During the meeting, Joemat-Pettersson underlined South Africa’s wish to engage in South-South cooperation  with FAO and the other Rome-based agencies. She extended an invitation to visit her country to Graziano da Silva as well as the Heads of  IFAD and WFP. 

Click here to listen to H.E. Tina Joemat-Pettersson.