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FAO office in Tirana inaugurated – first in the Balkans

New office to focus on support to farmers, climate change and natural resource conservation, statistics, veterinary reform and food safety

FAO Director-General and Albania's Agriculture Minister at the press conference following the inauguration.

10 December 2015, Tirana, Albania FAO’s newly established office in Albania was inaugurated today, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti and FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. The office – FAO’s first on the Balkans – will coordinate FAO projects in national priority areas such as support to farmers, climate change and natural resource conservation, statistics, veterinary reform and food safety.

During his two-day visit to Albania, Graziano da Silva held talks with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati. In his meetings, the Director-General underscored FAO’s commitment to supporting the country’s reform of the agricultural and rural development sector to ensure alignment with EU standards. Albania became an EU candidate country in 2014.

“At the regional level, the Balkans remains an important region for FAO in terms of contributing to global food security,” Graziano said, “and within the Balkans Albania is an important country for FAO. Environmental challenges are becoming more evident, such as the recent floods, and FAO stands ready to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.”

Yesterday at the Agricultural University of Tirana, the Director-General of FAO was awarded the honorary Dr. Honoris Causa degree for his “continuous assistance to the development of Albanian agriculture and the opening of FAO office in Albania”. In his statement, Director-General highlighted FAO’s sharpened focus on strengthening engagement with the academic sector and encouraged the University to continuously provide expert support to FAO ongoing projects.


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