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FAO Director-General meets civil society, farmers organizations and private sector representatives in Cameroon

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with leaders of civil society and the private sector during an official three-day visit to Cameroon.

4 September 2015, Yaoundé, Cameroon – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today today met with representatives of civil society, the private sector and farmers organizations during his visit to Cameroon. He congratulated them for the country’s achievement of the Millenium Development Goals and the World Food Summit hunger targets, stating that this was possible also due to the important work of farmers that account for 80% of the food production in the country.

The group thanked the Director-General for meeting them during his official visit and for taking the time to discuss and listen to some of their concerns as well as achievements made with the support of FAO.

Among the representatives was present JosephineAtangana, FAO ambassador for cooperatives and a president of the National Coordination of the Farmers Organisations in Cameroon. Atangana acknowledged the projects FAO is implementing in support to farmers organizations especially in capacity development. 

On his part, the President of the Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Forests, Mongui Sossombo, presented the work the chamber does as  a key national partner in the promotion of food security and rural development in its various activities: as formulator of policies and strategies for the rural sector, as advisor to the Government, and as a representative of stakeholders in the agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry sectors.  

Representatives of pastoralists raised their concern about trans-boundary diseases and thanked FAO for the support  provided to vaccinate animals, in particular those coming from neighboring countries due to  conflicts.

The Director-General encouraged representatives of the private sector, including cassava producers, to join forces with all stakeholders and the government to address as a matter of urgency issues such as food losses, value adding and youth employment.

The Director-General welcomed the commitment of civil society, farmers organizations and private sector representatives to develop the agriculture of their country and be part of the solution for the crises that are affecting the neighboring countries on the context of the new partnership agreement that was signed with the government the same day.