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Graziano da Silva meets Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki

FAO Director-General praises Tunis for hosting the 28th Regional Conference for Africa

Graziano da Silva with President Moncef Marzouki.

28 March 2014, Tunis, Tunisia– FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Tunisian President, Moncef Marzouki at Carthage Palace in Tunis, on the sidelines of the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa in the presence of the Tunisian Minister of Agriculture, Lassaad Lachaal.

Graziano da Silva congratulated President Marzouki for organizing FAO’s Regional Conference for Africa which emphasized the need to mobilize resources in the continent, for the continent. Both the President  and da Silva praised the countries for their massive attendance.

The final report adopted by the Conference recognized the importance of enhancing the business opportunities that agriculture offers to African youth as a pathway to social inclusion, food security and sustainable development. “In the discussion on youth and inclusion, Tunisia has a lot to share with other countries,” said the FAO chief.

FAO Director-General presented the Tunisian President the record attendance figures of the conference, which included over 40 Ministers;  245 delegates from 49 countries;; 2 UN Agencies; 2 Observer Nations and one other Observer; 16 International Governmental/Non-governmental Organizations (IGOs/INGOs) including the New Partnership for Africa Development of the African Union and the African Development Bank; and, 13 Civil Society organizations.

The Minister for Agriculture of Tunisia will be the President of the Regional conference for Africa for the coming two years.

At the meeting, FAO Director-General also presented a recognition diploma to President Marzouki as Tunis is among the 17 countries in the developing world that have maintained the prevalence of undernourishment below five percent between 1990 and 2013.