During his trip to Mexico to participate in the 34th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder met with Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, to discuss the FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) for Guyana.
The CPF was signed between the Government of Guyana and the FAO last December and sets out three government priority areas to guide FAO partnership and support. The framework serves to bring together innovative international best practices and global standards with national and regional expertise during the four year. (2016-2019).
After discussions with the minister, Mr. da Silva expressed satisfaction with the details provided in the document and approved all areas to be addressed during the course of the programme. He also stated that he looks forward to continued partnership between Guyana and the FAO in crafting and executing additional projects and programmes to improve agriculture and food security in the country adding that the FAO will continue to lend support in all areas necessary.
Minister Holder presented the Director General with a collection of woods that can be found in Guyana in keeping with one of the priority areas of the framework which is agriculture, forestry, fisheries, hinterland and rural development.
The other two priority areas are food and nutrition security and sustainable management and utilization of natural resources (land, forest and fisheries), climate change and resilience of livelihoods to disaster.
Minister Holder is scheduled to return to Guyana later this week.