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FAO Director-General meets with China’s Agriculture Minister

"We are committed to working together to achieve greater results in South-South Cooperation," Minister Han says

FAO Director-General with China's Agriculture Minister.

14 October 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General today lauded China’s achievements in fighting hunger and malnutrition during a meeting with the country's Agriculture Minister, Han Changfu. 

China has already achieved the first Millennium Development Goal hunger target of halving the proportion its population experiencing chronic hunger between 1990 and the end of 2015.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is set to deliver a speech these accomplishments and China's contribution to global food security and agricultural development tomorrow at FAO, in the lead up to World Food Day (16 October).

“China has developed a number of agricultural policies that encourage farmers and other producers to maintain long-term agricultural growth and, at the same time, encourages the local governments to value these efforts. By these measures, we have made great strides to reduce hunger and food insecurity”, the Minister said in remarks after his meeting with Graziano da Silva.

“In recent years, China has made a lot of efforts to improve our agricultural capabilities and technical equipments,” he added. “We have also provided ample amounts of technical training for local producers and practitioners. The contribution of agricultural technology accounts for more than 50 percent of agricultural growth.  In field operations, over 60 percent of agricultural activity is done by machines.  Our successes are accounted for through the combined efforts of science and its tools,” he said.

Last June, FAO recognized China as one of the latest in a growing list of countries to make strides in reducing hunger in an award ceremony that was attended by the Vice-Minister for Agriculture.

China accounts for one third of global hunger reduction in the last 20 years.

China’s agricultural sector grew by 450 percent between 1980 and 2013, and according to the latest FAO estimates, 138 million people have been lifted out of chronic undernourishment since the 1990-92 period.

During the same timeframe, food availability per person doubled, while protein supply per person went up by more than one-third.

"I am really proud of the good news that you shared with me,” FAO Director-General said referring to the fact that China has achieved the 11th consecutive year of agricultural production increase.  

FAO and the People’s Republic of China have maintained a close and fruitful partnership over the past 40 years. Since 1978, FAO has implemented over 400 projects in the country with a total financial investment of over $200 million.

South-South Cooperation on food security and nutrition

FAO's Director-General and Minister Han also discussed ways to scale up the impact of China’s support for South-South Cooperation related to food security and nutrition issues. Over 65 000 people have already benefitted from this collaboration in China.

“The Chinese government has been actively responding and cooperating with FAO in this programme of great importance,” the Chinese Minister said.

 “FAO looks forward to China’s continuous and expanded support in the global fight against hunger,” Graziano da Silva said.