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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

ACP countries sign strategic partnership deal

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to work with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries under a new deal designed to fight global hunger and poverty and increase the sustainable management of natural resources.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva and ACP secretary-general Mohamed Ibn Chambas yesterday at the 7th Summit of ACP Leaders in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Specific areas for collaboration under the FAO-ACP agreement will include promotion of food security; promotion of sustainable intensification of crop and livestock; promotion of fisheries and aquaculture production; food crisis early warning systems; detection and prevention of transboundary plant and animal diseases; disaster risk management; development of improved food products, standards and marketing; food and nutrition education; and promotion of sustainable forest management.

Financial resources for projects under the agreement will be identified and mobilized through funding sources including the European Development Fund, Trust Funds, the Global Environment Facility and other international and national partners.

Graziano da Silva reaffirmed FAO's support to national efforts to move towards more intensive, but sustainable production systems that are resilient to climate change."In many ACP countries, the processes of climate change are exacerbating the risks already facing people. We see this in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and other parts of Africa, for example," he said.

"The Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean and South Pacific are particularly vulnerable to the rise of sea levels due to global warming. This is leading to a loss of productive land and reducing the resilience of coastal ecosystems," he added.