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FAO Director-General welcomes Russia's ministerial level representation at the Committee on World Food Security

Minister Tkachev reaffirms the country’s commitment to contribute to global food security and nutrition

17 October, 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, today met with Russia’s Minister for Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev, on the sidelines of the 43d session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), taking place at FAO headquarters in Rome this week.

The Director-General welcomed Russia’s political-level representation at the CFS, which helps to give more visibility to such important issues as food security and nutrition and keep them high on the international agenda.

During the meeting, Graziano da Silva noted with satisfaction the growing partnership between FAO and the Russian Federation, which had been strengthened with the opening of the FAO Liaison Office in Moscow in June 2015.  

In this regard, Tkachev said that the Ministry maintained constant contacts with the FAO Liaison Office, which enabled the parties to actively explore opportunities for implementing joint programmes in Russia and abroad.

Tkachev highlighted that Russia would continue contributing to global food security and nutrition. He noted that the country had increased its food production in recent years and this year had produced around 115 million tonnes of grain, 40 million of which were intended for export.  

The two parties also discussed the implementation of the joint programmes aimed at providing support to the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia in the area of sustainable food production, food safety, nutrition, and animal health. The special focus was placed on developing strategies that seek to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease, tackle the spread of antimicrobial resistance in the food supply, and diversify local food production in the region.