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FAO Director-General meets Nepal's Minister for Agricultural Development

Talks focus on the implementation of Zero Hunger Challenge national plan

2 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Nepal’s Minister for Agricultural Development, Haribol Prasad Gajurel, for talks focusing on the FAO-Nepal collaboration, acknowledging the country’s recently promulgated constitution that recognizes the Right to Food for all citizens.

In their discussions which took place at the margins of the meeting of FAO’s executive Council, Graziano da Silva underscored FAO’s continued support, especially for the small-holder famers, who are the poorest.  

In particular, the FAO head said FAO stands ready to support Nepal eradicate hunger in the framework  of its national Zero Hunger Challenge, launched in 2014 with the collaboration and support of the United Nations, as a major initiative to eradicate hunger in the Himalayan country by 2025.

Both principals also discussed joint cooperation for the implementation of the national Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS) of the Government of Nepal with a 20-year vision and 10-year planning horizon which was launched in November 2015.

The Minister acknowledged FAO’s support after the devastating earthquake that hit the country and had  a high impact in its agriculture and food security. He asked for FAO’s assistance in the implementation of the Zero Hunger Challenge national plan as well as on the agriculture strategy. Minister Gajurel requested further assistance through technical support and noted the need to provide trainings and capacity development opportunities to farmers with a focus on youth.

Climate-change impact on agriculture

“Climate change has severely affected Nepalese agriculture,” Minister Gajurel said in remakrs after the meeting as world leaders gather to discuss commitments necessary to prevent average temperatures from rising by more than two degrees at the UN Climate Summit COP21 in Paris.  He noted the signs range from snow melting in some areas of the Himalayas to changing rain patters.