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Iran and FAO to work jointly on improving nutrition and boosting agricultural productivity

Agreement takes place within framework of South-South Cooperation

8 June 2015, Rome – The Islamic Republic of Iran and FAO are strengthening their joint capacity-development efforts aimed at improving nutrition, increasing agricultural productivity and reducing rural poverty at a global and regional level.

This follows a Letter of Intent signed today by Iran’s Minister for Jihad-e-Agriculture, Mahmoud Hojjati, and FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

In particular, activities linked to the agreement will take place within the framework of South-South Cooperation and with a focus on member countries of the Ecomomic Cooperation Organization.

“We will boost Iran’s contribution to the development of agriculture,” said Minister Hojjati following his meeting with FAO’s Director-General at the Organization’s headquarters where the two signed the Letter of Intent.

Through the agreement, the country wishes to share its technical knowledge to “train farmers and experts from the region to enhance their capabilities in the development of agricultural activities,” the Minister explained.

The Economic Cooperation Organization is a regional body consisting of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

FAO promotes South-South Cooperation as the sharing and exchange of knowledge experiences, policies, technology and resources between and among developing countries to achieve food security, poverty reduction and sustainable agriculture.