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FAO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency discuss ongoing cooperation, new initiative for Africa

JICA President and FAO-Director General meet at Nairobi conference

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meets Mr Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. ©FAO/Tony Karumba

26 August 2016, Nairobi - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Mr Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in talks on the sidelines of a high-level development conference taking place in the Kenyan capital.

Speaking together during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI, 27-28 August) the Director-General and the President discussed the longstanding collaboration between JICA and FAO in areas such as nutrition, statistics, and capacity development.

Graziano da Silva thanked JICA for its invitation to participate in the launch at TICAD tomorrow of the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA), which will aim to accelerate international efforts to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Africa. The Director-General commended JICA for its efforts, which FAO has supported, and pledged for continued support of its implementation. In doing so, FAO will bring to the Initiatve perspectives and recommendations from the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which are reflected in its outcome documents, the Rome Declaration and Framework for Action.

Kitaoka acknowledged FAO’s involvement in supporting rice production in Africa and praised specifically the Organization’s support for the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD).

Graziano da Silva and Kitaoka agreed to strengthen their organizations’ mutual collaboration in order to improve statistics, in particular in countries where rice projects are being implemented.

They noted that the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals will require accurate statistics to guide the planning and permit monitoring of the progress.