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FAO Director-General meets Samoa’s Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries

70 percent of the country’s population depends on agriculture and fisheries

4 December 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with SAMOA’s Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, in Rome to attend the 150th FAO Council.

FAO Director-General praised the Government of Samoa for hosting the FAO Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands (SAP) and for Samoa’s active support and cooperation in ensuring the success of FAOs activities in the country and region.

“FAO has given its support in so many areas, including agriculture, health and nutrition,” the Minister said in remarks after the meeting noting the impact both of technical consultations to the ministry as well as field projects in the rural areas.

Agriculture and fisheries provide both food security and/or livelihood support for about 70 percent of the population of Samoa.

“Our main objective is to make sure that there is enough food for everybody,” the Minister said.

Samoa’s achievement of Millenium Development Goal (MDG1) hunger target

In June 2013, Samoa was one of 18 countries who received a FAO Award for meeting the Millennium Development Goal hunger target for reducing at least by half the proportion of people in the country suffering from undernourishment.

“Such award was received with pride as it was an acknowledgement by the international community of Samoa’s efforts in the area of food security and the resultant alleviation of hunger in our small island nation,” Minister Mualia said in his remarks addressing the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) held in Rome (19-21 November).

FAO’s support to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

The Minister highlighted FAO Director-General’s support to the specific needs of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). “He has done a lot for the South-Pacific region, especially for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS)”, he said.