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Brazil and FAO: Stronger collaboration in the fight against hunger

Increased coordination on key priorities, South-South Collaboration

Brazil and FAO: Stronger collaboration in the fight against hunger

8 June 2015, Rome -- Brazil and FAO will be strengthening their partnership by improving coordination on food security projects and increasing avenues for sharing Brazilian expertise through South-South Cooperation.

“Brazil has moved from the status of beneficiary country to that of a major resource partner and a strong promoter of South-South Cooperation,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the signing of the new agreement sided by the Minister of External Relations of Brazil, Mauro Vieira.

Today, Brazil supports over 30 FAO initiatives, with contributions exceeding $100 million.

Graziano da Silva highlighted the country’s strides in the fight against hunger, which have made it a worldwide model for integrated approaches to reduce malnutrition and extreme poverty while empowering local agricultural producers.

Its targeted policies have placed Brazil among those countries that have managed, ahead of the 2015 deadline, to achieve both the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of hungry people and the stricter World Food Summit target of reducing the total number of hungry by half.

In the process, Brazil has emerged as a champion of cooperation among southern developing countries, sharing its resources, experience and expertise with others across Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Agreement on meeting of the Subcommittee on Aquaculture

In another document signed today, the Ministry of Fisheries of Brazil, Hélder Barbalho, and the Assistant Director-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO, Arni Mathiesen, signed an agreement for the organization of the forthcoming meeting of the FAO Subcommittee on Aquaculture (COFI/AQ) in Brasilia, from 5 to 9 October this year.