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Pakistani President commends FAO's support

FAO Director-General kicks off two-day visit to the country

5 October 2016, Islamabad – To kick-off a two-day visit to Pakistan, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with President Mamnoon Hussain today, who commended the Organization's role and contribution in reducing poverty and food insecurity in his country.

He also thanked FAO for the emergency and rehabilitation assistance that supports Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) and livelihood restoration in disaster affected areas. 

FAO Director-General also met with Pakistan’s Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan and with provincial agricultural ministers to exchange views on food security and poverty reduction.

Tomorrow, FAO Director-General will receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore.

FAO in Pakistan

Currently, FAO is implementing its country programme framework up to 2017 with four propriety areas which include a national zero-hunger action plan for enhanced food and nutrition security; supporting Pakistan new growth strategy through sustainable agricultural economic growth; disaster risk reduction and emergency response; and capacity development for the agriculture sector.

The FAO is also supporting provincial agricultural investment projects and programmes linking small farmers to markets, raising productivity of crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry through sustainable intensified production using ecosystem services to reduce fossil fuel dependence, and promoting productive and decent rural employment through value addition and market linkages.

The country programme has a significant element to reduce household food insecurity and malnutrition in rural and urban areas, enhancing productive safety nets and supporting Pakistan’s integrated nutrition strategy. It also covers implementation of a programme targeting post-emergency acute food insecurity and promoting agricultural livelihood early recovery in areas affected by floods, earthquakes and displacements.

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