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Tanzania focuses on food value system: storage, marketing and distribution

FAO Director-General meets President Kikwete

31 January 2015, Addis Ababa - Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO, thanked President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania for the great interest the East African country showed in the ICN2 conference, where Tanzania was represented by the vice president and four cabinet ministers.

Meeting President Kikwete on the sidelines of the 24th session of the assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Da Silva described Tanzania’s contribution as very commendable, noting the government has put food security and nutrition at the heart of its efforts.

President Kikwete emphasized that his country is making great efforts to raise the level of production and productivity of the country’s agricultural sector and to become self-sufficient in maize and rice.

FAO’s leader promised his Organization would support Tanzania as the country sets out to develop agricultural and food value chains, including storage facilities, processing, marketing and eventual commercialization of the surplus.

Climate change discussions

Tanzania is part of the troika led by the Egyptian President for the African Union’s negotiations on climate discussions, including the coming one in Paris.

The excellent progress made on Climate change adaptation in Tanzania were also discussed during this meeting as Tanzania was the representative of the African union at the negotiations on Climate. The Director-General confirmed support of FAO that has been tasked by the summit on climate to support countries in adopting climate smart activities.

President Kikwete confirmed he will celebrate the year of soil by organizing events at a date of the year.