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Russia and FAO to work together to provide support to countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia

Joint projects will focus on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition

30 May 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, today met with Russia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gennady Gatilov, on the sidelines of the 154th session of the FAO Council.

The two parties highlighted growing partnership in various areas of mutual interest. In particular, they discussed the implementation of the joint programmes aimed at providing support to the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia in sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. Prospects for regional cooperation in the area of food safety, animal health and antimicrobial resistance were also tackled during the meeting.

The Director-General thanked the Government of Russia for supporting the work of the FAO Liaison Office in Moscow, which opened in June last year, and welcomed its full operationalization. The Deputy Foreign Minister noted that the new office had been actively establishing collaboration with the Russian line ministries and agencies as well as other key stakeholders from academia and private sector, which could give a significant boost to the all-round development of Russia-FAO cooperation. 

Gatilov specifically praised FAO’s valuable contribution to Agenda-2030 and its implementation at global and country levels as well as the Organization’s enhanced efforts in the field of nutrition and climate change.

The Deputy Minister also emphasized the work of the FAO-hosted Global Soil Partnership, which has recently adopted the Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management and established the first World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka. The elaboration of this document providing general technical and policy recommendations on sustainable soil management was initiated and financially supported by Russia.