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FAO Director-General meets Seychelles’ Minister of Health

“We need to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for our population” - Mitcy Larue

24 November 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Seychelles Minister of Health Minister Mitcy Larue, who was in Rome to attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) ), which took place last week at FAO headquarters.

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).

According to the Minister, ICN2, “Is an opportunity for us to hear from other countries, for example regarding what they are doing in food security and nutrition.”

The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document, and the Framework for Action: a set of recommendations to be implemented according to local contexts.

“When we go back home, we will have the declaration and we will look it and look at all the recommendations, and be able to get all the sectors together and try to have a strategic plan on how to implement the framework,” said the Minister who emphasized that the next time countries convene to discuss the issues, she looks forward to sharing more on the country’s progress and achievements.

FAO’s Director General expressed that he was delighted to see a member of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) represented at the conference, despite their distance.

“It is always a pleasure to receive them and learn from their experiences,” said Graziano da Silva.  “The SIDS countries have great challenges, but also have great potential.”

The Director General commended the country’s efforts, especially the work on their fisheries programmes.

The Minister emphasized that the Seychelles is surrounded by the sea, which is priority resource, but stressed that they are now implementing a National Nutrition policy and School feeding programme that emphasizes good nutrition in schools and promotes home gardening to encourage self-sufficiency within its population.

“We need to empower the people to choose healthy foods,” she said.