Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh will visit Rome, Italy to participate in the 39th FAO Conference on 7-8 June, 2015. The flagship conference of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which has begun today, will continue till 13th June.
Over 130 ministers and 14 heads of states from FAO’s 194 member countries are expected to attend the Conference. The Conference, Sovereign Governing Body of the Organization, will elect the FAO Director-General for a four-year term and set the Organization’s budget for the 2016-17 biennium.
The Conference will make recommendations to the member nations and associate members regarding review of issues pertaining to food and agriculture for their implementation through national action.
It will deal with the regional conferences, technical committees and Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and other substantive and policy matters.
During the Conference, 15 countries – Angola, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Gabon, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mali, Myanmar, Mozambique, Nepal, Oman, Solomon Islands, Suriname and Uzbekistan – will be recognised for achieving the Millennium Development Goal 1c (MDG 1c) of halving the rate of hunger or the stricter World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the number of hungry people. Overall, 72 out of 129 countries monitored have made the MDG 1c target and 29 have made the WFS target.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali; Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo; Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; Daniel Ona Ondo, Prime Minister of Gabon; Domingos Simões Pereira, Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau; Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister of Niger; Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Habib Essid, Prime Minister Tunisia; Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China are expected to attend the Conference.
The FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva will present the Organization’s work and results over the previous four years, global food security trends, and including hunger eradication as one of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Conference will further deliberate on FAO’s Zero Hunger programme, agrifood trade and regional integration in Europe and Central Asia, building resilience in Africa’s drylands, North Africa’s water scarcity initiative, family farming and rural territorial development in Latin America and Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific regional rice initiative and the global food and agriculture related issues.