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FAO Director-General meets Liberia's Deputy Minister Planning & Development

“Better nutrition, better lives.” - Charles McClain

20 November 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Charles McClain, Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Planning & Development for the Ministry for Agriculture. The Minister is 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).

Maternal health and child development need to be priority concerns, according to the Minister, who recognized that the country continues to face challenges in these areas.

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 has always been a strong partner of Liberia,” according to the Deputy Minister. He added that, “FAO has done very well, and we know they will continue to do very well in terms of this support.”

FAO has supported the Government of Liberia in its agricultural development agenda, including strengthening production and providing technical training.

On behalf of the Minister and the country, McCain wished to expresses thanks to the Director General for bringing FAO into the agricultural projects in Liberia’s 15 counties. 

Ebola  Crisis

Graziano expressed his concern for the Ebola crisis, but wanted to stress FAO’s commitment in assisting the country. His message to McClain was one of shared hope, as the spread of the disease is on the decline.

The Director General acknowledged that while this is still a great challenge, he reassured the Deputy Minister that FAO has been with Liberia from the first day and will continue to work alongside the country.

The Post Ebola crisis is a challenge that FAO and partners will take up in order to restore farming and local markets.