H.E Prof El Ibrahim Adam Dukhiri the Director General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), participated in the 30th Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)Regional Conference for Africa, held in Khartoum, Sudan from the 19th till the 23rd of February 2018. The conference was under the theme “Sustainable development of agriculture and food systems in Africa: improving the means of production and the creation of decent and attractive employment for youth”.
During the conference a number of issues were discussed. Some of the issues were as follows; State of Food and Agriculture in Africa: Future Prospects and Emerging Issues, Climate Change and its impact on the work and activities of FAO: Building resilience to address extreme vulnerability of Africa’s agriculture and rural livelihoods, Leveraging Youth Employment Opportunities in Agriculture and Rural Sectors in Africa, Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The Conference sought to unify efforts and share views with international and regional organizations related to agriculture, food and sustainable development and the interaction of institutions involved in regional and international funding.
The Director General of FAO, Mr José Graziano da Silva, stressed in his speech the need for strategic developmental partnerships. Adding that the eradication of hunger remains a priority for FAO, sharing it with the African leaders who were committed through "Malabo Declaration" on eliminating Chronic malnutrition in Africa by 2025.
H.E Prof El Dukhiri stressed the importance of strengthening partnerships to eradicate hunger, achieve food security and sustainable development in the Arab world. He also looked forward to cooperate with FAO in implementing many activities related to their mutual concerns.
FAO is a specialized United Nations organization that leads the international efforts towards eradicating hunger. It has 194 member countries. FAO holds periodic regional conferences in various regions of the world to unify the efforts of the various countries to achieve the desired sustainable development goals.