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Graziano da Silva meets with Sudan’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation

The great agricultural potential of the country, at the center of the discussion
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Meeting Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation of Sudan.

27 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Sudan’s Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Ibrahim Mahmod Hamid, at FAO headquarters today.

Graziano da Silva congratulated the Minister for his recent appointment and thanked him for the launch of the Country Programming Framework (2012 – 2016).

FAO Director-General and Minister Hamid discussed the great potential of Sudan’s agricultural sector. In that respect, Graziano da Silva highlighted the special significance of fisheries and aquaculture in the country.

 “FAO is an important organization for Sudan, with which we share continuous and fruitful cooperation”, the Minister highlighted after the meeting.   The Sudanese Minister expressed his interest in receiving FAO’s support to build an agriculture information system.

The Minister underlined the importance of the discussions that took place during the FAO Near East Regional Conference ministerial meeting, which addressed some of the most crucial  issues for Sudan’s agriculture: water scarcity, finance mechanisms for agricultural activities and the fight against the desert locust.

He thanked FAO for its support against the infestation of desert locusts and for the Organization’s  assistance to create a livestock census.

Both principals also discussed the importance of implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure and the Principles for responsible agricultural investments (RAI). “We agree on the importance of encouraging them and I requested FAO’s help to ensure responsible and sustainable investments,” the Minister explained. FAO Director-General underlined their value when dealing with foreign investments and offered FAO’s full support advising the country in these matters.

Investing responsibly in agriculture, and particularly in smallholder agriculture, is essential for reducing poverty because it creates decent employment opportunities, enhances food security and nutrition, and ensures environmental sustainability.

They also conversed about the importance of family farming and support to small-holder farmers, and agreed on working together towards building increased resilience.

Watch the video interview with Sudan’s Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Ibrahim Mahmod Hamid.