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FAO and Arab Organization for Agricultual Development sign Agreement to achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and the Middle East

The Agreement will strengthen both parties’ framework for collaboration

©FAO/Ahmed Aly -- Representatives from FAO and AOAD.

19 October 2017, Cairo – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) signed today a partnership agreement to solidify joint efforts aiming at achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa and the Middle East.

The agreement primarily focuses on promoting cooperation in knowledge development, in areas such as food security and climate change, agriculture and fishery investments, and agriculture water management. It will also help to develop initiatives and programs aims at supporting policy formulation in the fields of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, genetic resources, land, water, environment, and climate change with a focus on food-water-energy thematic areas.

"This agreement will reinforce the existing relationship between FAO and AOAD with regard to the exchange of information and expertise in the field of food and agriculture in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region, ultimately helping the Arab countries to achieve the SDGs and ensure a better livelihood for farmers in the region," said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO Assistant Director and Regional Representative for the NENA Region.

"We look forward to a new era of collaboration with FAO... and AOAD will work to great lengths to implement the agreement. We hope that a clear executive program will follow that will help us achieve the SDGs and eradicate food insecurity, poverty and environmental obstacles that hinder agricultural activities," said AOAD Director General Ibrahim El-Dekheiry.

AOAD is a specialized Arab organization within the framework of the Arab League and it works to assist member countries in developing and enhancing their respective agricultural sectors, while facilitating its coordination amongst member states, with the aim of achieving a fully integrated Arab economy union and food self-sufficiency.

FAO and AOAD have been cooperating since the late twentieth century in matters pertaining to, or connected with, food and agriculture in Africa and the Middle East.


19/10/2017

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