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Libya and FAO agree on close cooperation

Libya and FAO will work closely together over the next five years to strengthen food security and sustainable development in the country.

A cooperation agreement, amounting to $71 million and provided by Libya, was signed in Rome today by the Secretary of the General's People Committee for Agriculture, Animal Wealth and Marine Resources, Abu Baker al Mabrouk Al-Mansouri and FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.

FAO will provide technical assistance and support for 18 projects covering the following areas: pesticides management and the protection of natural resources; integrated pest management; phytosanitary measures; seed development; prevention and control of transboundary animal diseases; veterinary services and animal vaccine assessment; genetic improvement of local animal and poultry breeds; poultry production; sustainable water resource management; biotechnology; assessment of fish stocks and coastal area pollution.

"FAO is proud to become Libya's counterpart in implementing a number of strategic projects that will contribute to national sustainable agricultural development," Jacques Diouf said.

A Programme Management Unit will be established to ensure the proper implementation, monitoring, coordination and evaluation of the programme starting in 2010 and closing in 2014.

by S. C.
21 november 2009, World News > Africa

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