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FAO to support agricultural development in Kuwait

New 850 000 USD partnership

22 April 2016, Rome – FAO has agreed to support Kuwait formulate a partnership programme for agricultural development aimed at enhancing the country’s aquaculture and water sectors, tackle livestock diseases and boost technical skills.

The State of Kuwait, represented by Ali Khaled Al Jaber Al Sabah, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to FAO, Youssef Jhail, and FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva signed a USD 850 000 Unilateral Trust Fund Agreement that paves the way for the establishment of a Partnership and Liaison Office in Kuwait and the development of a five-year programme of activities.

The FAO/Kuwait Partnership Programme will cooperate in pursuit of food security, nutrition, farming and rural development and benefit both Kuwait and, when possible, other states within the framework of South-South cooperation.

“This signature is special and marks a milestone in the collaboration between the Government of Kuwait and FAO,” said Graziano da Silva.  “FAO is fully committed to support the priorities of the country and to work together to achieve our common goal of a world free from hunger and malnutrition, where food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all.”

“We see this partnership as very important in harnessing FAO’s expertise in agriculture development and are looking forward to deepening this collaboration for the benefit of Kuwait and the wider region,” said Jhail.

Kuwait has identified 20 thematic priority areas for projects expected to last between one and five years. Projects range from mapping the DNA of commercial fish stocks and implementation for sustainable waste water management and to combating brucellosis in local camels.  

Formulating the programme will be a technically intensive exercise and tap FAO’s competitive advantage and knowledge base as it will require a focused and coordinated effort. 

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