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Graziano da Silva meets Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

South-South Cooperation agreement to reach a new level for the benefit of the region
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Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch

23 April 2014, Meknes, Morocco – FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva met today with Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch, on the margins of the seventh  Forum on Agriculture in the Kingdom of Morocco.

Minister Akhannouch thanked the Director-General for attending the event and highlighted the positive impact his presence was having at this important forum.

The Director-General noted the “immense potential” of the South-South Cooperation agreement to which Morocco is the first signatory. The agreement aims to support food security projects elsewhere in Africa through the FAO South-South Cooperation (SSC) programme.  

As discussed at the meeting, this agreement should take the South-South Cooperation between Morocco and other African countries to a new level for the benefit of the entire region.

In that respect, Graziano da Silva stressed the importance of dedicating efforts to the critical situation in Yemen.

Graziano da Silva lauded Morocco’s government for the results of the Plan Maroc Vert, or Green Morocco Plan for agricultural development, which through its two components the FAO chief said recognized the distinct needs of both small-scale, family farms and large scale, agricultural enterprises.

He also credited Morocco with reducing undernourishment among its population to under 5 percent, in keeping with specific targets set by UN Millennium Development Goal on reducing hunger and poverty by the year 2015.

The FAO Director General invited Minister Akhannouch to attend the award ceremony on 16 June in Rome.