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FAO and CPLP: work assessment one year after signature of joint programme

FAO Director-General meets the Secretary-General of lusophone countries

5 March 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met the Secretary-General of the Community of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), Murade Isaac Murargy, to review the achievements and the challenges of the technical cooperation agreement signed by both organizations one year ago.

With a total allocated contribution of $500,000 USD, the agreement established a programme to support CPLP and its governments, parliaments and non-governmental partners in implementing a Regional Strategy for Food and Nutrition Security approved in 2012 by the CPLP Summit in Maputo. During this conference, FAO was assigned with the mandate to strengthen coordination between Member States on the governance of their sectorial policies and programs that impact on food and nutrition security.

“FAO provided some of its technical staff to support us, and they are doing a really good job. Now I requested to the Director-General to extend the length of our agreement, which will expire at the end of the year”.

FAO Director-General has praised the work done so far, and stressed that both organizations could do even more to develop it.

Murargy has also mentioned the results of the programme “Together Against Hunger in CPLP”, which benefited projects on family farming in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau.

The FAO/CPLP “Together Against Hunger” is a joint initiative  and was  launched in Maputo, Mozambique in February 2014. It seeks to sensitize society to the process of building a Hunger Free Community of Portuguese Language Countries and to mobilize funds to finance projects under the Food and Nutrition Security CPLP (ESAN-CPLP) Strategy.

The Campaign aims to raise awareness about food insecurity that affects about 28 million people out of the total of 250 million living in the CPLP countries - Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Timor-Leste.