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Director-General and Hungary’s Minister for Agriculture agree to strengthen FAO-Hungary cooperation

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24 November 2016, Budapest, HungaryThe Director-General met today with Hungarian Minister for Agriculture Sandor Fazekas, on the margins of the Regional Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Europe and Central Asia.

The Minister and the Director-General agreed to initiate working-level discussions on strengthening FAO-Hungary partnership cooperation in the next five years. Under the previous arrangement of 2007, Hungary provided support to FAO work in the region of Europe and Central Asia, including the program of FAO-Hungary Scholarships for international students to study agriculture in Hungary. Hungary hosts the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, as well as a recently expanded Shared Service Center handling FAO administrative matters.

Earlier in the day, the Director-General had toured the Shared Service Center, which is housed within the Ministry of Agriculture building in central Budapest. He praised the expansion and renovation work carried out by Hungary. He also visited the Regional Office and had an open and informal discussion with the staff on FAO global and regional work and priorities.

Minister Fazekas complimented the Director-General on having received an honorary degree from Szent Istvan University in Godollo, Hungary, in a ceremony held at the university this morning.

Both Fazekas and Graziano da Silva had participated in the high-level session of the Agroecology Symposium in the morning, where the Director-General spoke of the urgency of confronting climate change.

On Friday 25 November, the Director-General was accompanied by the Minister on a field visit to Bioszentandrás, a successful organic farm in Hernádszentandrás, a once-economically impoverished village in northeastern Hungary. Started in 2010, the farm stimulates the local economy and promotes healthy living among people in the surrounding area. It partners with several restaurants across Hungary.

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