President of Senegal visits FAO
Discussions focus on food security and agriculture
12 May 2004, Rome -- The President of Senegal, Mr Abdoulaye Wade, today paid a special visit to the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where he had talks with the Director-General, Dr Jacques Diouf. The President was accompanied by six Ministers and two Under-Secretaries of State.
The purpose of the one-day visit was to inform President Wade of FAO's major activities relevant to food production and agriculture in Africa, and to reinforce the collaboration between Senegal and the Organization.
President Wade and Dr Diouf discussed the achievements of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) in Senegal. The main objective of the SPFS is to help poor countries to improve food security both at national and at household levels - through rapid increases in food production and productivity. Around 400 villages in 11 regions are currently participating in the programme.
Senegal also participates in FAO's South-South Cooperation programme, which allows developing countries to benefit from the expertise and experience of other developing countries, in cooperation with FAO.
Under this programme, Viet Nam has sent to Senegal a large number of field experts and technicians who assist Senegalese farmers in applying improved techniques in vegetable gardening, irrigation and fishing.
The President was also briefed about FAO's World Agricultural Information Center (WAICENT) and the Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS).
WAICENT is an important tool for electronic dissemination of data and information on food and agriculture, while GIEWS provides regular bulletins on food crop production and markets at global level as well as situation reports on a regional and country-by-country basis.
Dr Diouf also informed President Wade about FAO's Emergency Prevention System for epidemic animal diseases (EMPRES) and the agency's involvement in food emergency activities.
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