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Director-General meets Swaziland’s Queen Mother

Talks focus on food security and improving nutrition

Graziano da Silva during his visit to Swaziland

9 September 2015, Mbabane - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Her Majesty Queen Indlovukazi Ntombi of the Kingdom of Swaziland, in Mbabane where he is currently on mission at the invitation of King Mswati III.

The Queen Mother who is championing food security and nutrition in her country mentioned several issues challenging Africa and other parts of the world  including climate change and malnutrition.

In her talks with Graziano da Silva, Her Majesty described several initiatives Swaziland has taken with regards to improving agriculture and food security in the Kingdom and thanked FAO for its support.

For his part, the Director-General assured Her Majesty of FAO’s continued support and stressed the importance of focusing on nutrition, in particular in the context of reducing the number of stunted children.

“School meal programmes are one of the solutions that we found worked remarkably well in Latin America and in some countries in Africa where we are implementing it,” Graziano da Silva said. He noted that such programmes where the fruit of coordinated efforts by the Ministries of Agriculture and Education to provide daily meals to children attending school by buying fresh food from local farmers.

The Director-General underscored how such programmes can benefit the economy of a country, increase the attendance of children at school while improving their performance due to better nutrition.

The Director-General also took the opportunity of their to congratulate Her Majesty's work to empower women by improving their access to services including banking.