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FAO Director-General meets Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Joining forces for rice development and nutrition in Africa

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meets with Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, His Excellency Mr Katsuo Yakura. ©FAO/Tony Karumba

26 August 2016, Nairobi - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, His Excellency Mr Katsuo Yakura, today on the sidelines of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) that is being held in Nairobi, Kenya from 27 to 28 August 2016.

The Director-General congratulated the Vice Minister for his recent appointment and renewed FAO’s commitment to working in partnership with Japan, in particular the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Graziano da Silva also thanked Japan for its continuous support to FAO over the years. Japan is Organization’s second largest contributor in terms of assessed contributions and among the five most important providers of voluntary contributions to its field programme.

The Vice Minister mentioned Japan's priorities in support of Africa, of which one of the most important is doubling rice production in sub-Saharan Africa, he said.

Japan and FAO are collaborating already through the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) initiative to promote efficient and inclusive rice value chains

FAO’s Director-General congratulated Japan for its leadership through the G7 and for having put nutrition high on its agenda. Promoting healthy eating habits such as the Mediterranean and Japanese diets offers a way to improve the nutrition situation in developed countries that are experiencing rising obesity, he added.

In June 2016, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and FAO organized an event on the Mediterranean and Japanese diets in Rome.

The discussions also touched on parliamentarians’ involvement in developing more national laws on nutrition. Graziano da Silva gave the example of the Latin American and Pan-African parliamentarian fronts that are working to ensure that nutrition is duly taken into account into governments’ programmes and budgets.

Vice-Minister Yakura acknowledged FAO's work on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) and asked FAO to further increase its work in this area. Japan will strongly support FAO in this endeavour.

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