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FAO Director-General meets Cameroon’s Prime Minister

Talks on the commitments to end hunger in Africa by 2025
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Prime Minister Philemon Yang greets FAO Director-General

4 September 2015, Yaoundé, Cameroon - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva  met the Prime Minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang, during his official visit to Cameroon at the invitation of the head of State President Paul Biya.

Da Silva took the opportunity to thank the Prime Minister for his involvement  in the challenge of ending hunger in Africa which started at the high level meeting organized by the African Union, FAO and Instituto Lula in Addis Ababa in July 2013 and to which the Prime Minister participated.

Later, in  June 2014, the African Union summit, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, endorsed the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods. One of the seven commitments that were adopted, ‘Ending Hunger in Africa by 2025’, grew out of the Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in Africa by 2025, involving the African Union Commission, its NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), the Institute Lula and FAO among other partners.

The Director-General also congratulated the Minister for Cameroon having achieved the Millenium Development Goals and World Food Summit hunger targets, which show that the country is already on track to implementing this regional commitment.

The Prime Minister mentioned the importance of agriculture as the “engine of the development of the country”. “To this end the strategic partnership signed with FAO is more than welcome for the country but also for the neighbouring countries that are in need. As a matter of fact there are hundred thousands of refugees from Central African Republic, Chad in Cameroon due to conflicts,” he stated.

FAO Director-General confirmed the need for building resilience of communities to help them meet their food security needs, in particular in times of crisis as food insecurity and conflicts viciously reinforce each other's. Da Silva confirmed FAO's full support to Cameroon and its neighbouring countries until peace is back and food security is reinforced.

In addition to the many activities the government of Cameroon and FAO do together, the two discussed aquaculture, forest preservation and trans- boundary diseases as part of the important priorities on which they are working successfully together.