A representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations meets with Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai to discuss ongoing assistance projects

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Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 9:50 a.m. CST.

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By Ruben Morales Iglesias: The Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Business, José Abelardo, on Monday welcomed the national representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Crispim Moreira, and discussed the assistance projects.

Moreira, who resides in Jamaica, is on a week-long working visit to Belize from February 28 to March 4. He is a national representative in the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE), Moreira will meet the main officials from several ministries, including the Ministry of Human Development, the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Defence.

It reviews the progress of ongoing FAO projects and preparations for the next FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean scheduled for this year in Quito, Ecuador.

MAFSE said that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations provides assistance to countries primarily through one of two mechanisms: Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs) and the Program Mechanism of Technical Cooperation (TCPF).

MAFSE said technical cooperation “addresses specific technical gaps that limit productivity in agriculture, nutrition, fisheries and forestry. They provide expert assistance” while the Technical Cooperation Program Facility (TCPF) encompasses “smaller scale assistance that can provide rapid response to help develop projects in the country”.

According to MAFSE, FAO is responsible for supporting national efforts to promote food security and sustainable development.

“FAO’s work with the governments of the countries represented focuses on strengthening national food and nutrition security while targeting efforts to improve the productivity and overall performance of the agricultural sector,” MAFSE said.

“By supporting sustainable rural livelihoods and increasing resilience to natural disasters, FAO recognizes the importance of this sector for reducing poverty and hunger.”

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