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FAO Director-General meets Kazakhstan’s Vice Minister for Agriculture

New cooperation agreement signed today

21 November 2014 - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Kazakhstan’s Vice-Minister for Agriculture Gulmira Issayeva, who is in Rome to attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) taking place this week.

During the meeting, the Vice-Minister congratulated the Director-General on the success of ICN2 and re-affirmed Kazakhstan’s strong commitment to contribute to improving nutrition at national and regional level. According to Issaeva, Kazakhstan particularly aims at strengthening its role as a “producer of healthy, ecological food” to improve food security in the Central Asian region.

A new cooperation agreement

Both sides highlighted the importance of nutrition and food safety issues which are among the key priorities in a new Country Programming Framework for 2014-2017 signed today between Kazakhstan and FAO. 

Among other issues, the agreement covers waste-water treatment and recycling with safe recovery of water and nutrients for agriculture, modernization of large-scale irrigation systems, a land degradation assessment, sustainable land and watershed management, harmonization of natural resources legislation and animal disease control.

During the meeting, Issaeva stressed the growing demand for FAO’s technical expertise on food safety and phytosanitary standardization as well as the Organization’s support for the country’s own capacity building activities in the light of the forthcoming WTO accession.

The Vice-Minister invited the Director-General to participate in the next Astana Economic Forum on 15-17 May 2015 and attend the Conference on Food Security, being jointly organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and FAO on the sidelines of the Forum.