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South Africa and FAO set sights on partnership programme

Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Ambassador Nomatemba Tambo at ARC 28

Tunis, 25 March 2014 – FAO and South Africa today agreed to step up their collaboration  in the areas of food security, nutrition and agricultural and rural development in the country and the wider region.

Meeting on the sidelines of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa, the Organization’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Ambassador Nomatemba Tambo, head of the South African delegation to the Conference, signed a letter of intent.

Under the new agreement, FAO will upgrade its current office in Pretoria to an FAO Country and Partnership office, and will develop a partnership programme with South Africa to implement technical projects in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries at national as well as regional level in the framework of South-South cooperation and North-South partnerships.

South Africa is one of the higher income member countries that have requested a stronger in-country presence of FAO and an expansion of activities through more partnership and new funding arrangements. The other countries in Africa are Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Algeria.

The two parties will work together to finalize the arrangement and will sign a binding agreement as soon as possible.

South Africa is set to host the 14th World Forestry Congress in Durban, 7-11 September 2015. Hester Obisi, South Africa's appointed Secretary General for the Congress, is part of the South African delegation to the FAO Regional Conference.

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