(17 April 2014 -Ankara) Dutch United Nations Student Association in Groningen (SIB Groningen) visited the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Ankara office on 17th of April in order to gain an insight about FAO’s mandate and activities of the sub-regional office for Central Asia (SEC) in particular.
With the participation of 28 students who have international relations, economics and law background, an introductory presentation on food security, malnutrition and rural poverty was given by Emre Yilmazturk, Program Associate for FAO Turkey Office. In the presentation, along with FAO’s regional and sub-regional priorities, the extent of new strategic objectives was also introduced by Tomasz Lonc, Senior Policy Officer for FAO SEC.
Regarding FAO Turkey’s activities, the remarks were made on the scope of the projects under FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP) and thematic areas operated in FAO SEC. The challenges encountered such as food insecurity, land reform and transboundary issues were also discussed.
During the Q&A session, questions on climate change, FAO’s budget allocation as well as FAO’s stance on some current food security problems were posed by the students.
At the end of the meeting, on behalf of SIB Groningen, Christine Pfeffer expressed her pleasure to meet with the valuable staff of FAO SEC and thanked SEC staff for the hospitality and sharing their knowledge with Groningen Student Association.