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FAO Director General meets the Minister for Agriculture for The Netherlands

“Still today many people go hungry to bed every evening. People die and suffer from malnutrition.”- Sharon Dijksma

FAO Director-General with the Minister of Agriculture of The Netherlands

19 November 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Her Excellency Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture for The Netherlands, who is here in Rome to attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) taking place this week.

The ICN2 is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document, and the Framework for Action: a technical guide for implementation.

FAO’s Director General commended Minister Dijksma for attending the conference and showing a commitment to the importance of nutrition. He added that the country’s emphasis on  climate smart agriculture is commendable, and the upcoming launch of a Global Alliance Network for Action On Blue Growth in 2015 shows great leadership in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

FAO has endorsed the Global Initiative on Blue Growth, and a Blue Growth Action Forum is being organized jointly between The Netherlands and FAO in Grenada in early 2015.

FAO’s Director-General also highly appreciated the initiative of the Netherlands to organize an International Conference on Food Waste in June 2015 and offered FAO’s support.

FAO at the regional level

The Minister showed her support for FAO’s work towards decentralization of the Organization, expressing that the reforms made at FAO under the leadership of Graziano da Silva have been positive.  She noted: “We see that there is more emphasis on regionalization, which makes the issues and the work of FAO closer to the people and to the countries they work with.

“You can see that FAO is gaining in its position as a big important partner with the UN and the world community and we’re really happy to see this,” she emphasized.