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FAO Conference in Tunis emphasizes need to mobilize resources in Africa
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28 March 2014, Tunis - The FAO Regional Conference for Africa, held in Tunis, Tunisia, from 24 to 28 March 2014, concluded its 28th Session, reaffirming its commitment to food security and sustainable development. "We have given our full support to the 2025 Zero Hunger target for Africa," declared FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in his closing address. He was flanked by Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, whose government will chair the 28thRegional Conference for Africa for the next two years, succeeding Congo. A final report adopted by the Conference recognized the importance of enhancing the business opportunities that agriculture offers to African youth as a pathway to social inclusion, food security and sustainable development. The African ministers of agriculture recommended member countries allocate dedicated financial resources for youth employment within agricultural and rural development programmes.

Audio excerpts from Press Conference (questions in French, English and Arabic).
28min. 34sec.
English
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food Security, Hunger & food insecurity, Press conference, Rural or agricultural development
Produced by: FAO
 
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