FAO, CEN-SAD, Libya to strengthen co-operation

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Officials of the Community of the Sahel-Sahara States (CEN-SAD), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Libya, at separate meetings here Thursday, agreed to strengthen co-operation.
The meeting between CEN-SAD Secretary General Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari and Jacques Diouf, Director General of FAO, focused on the broadening of collaboration between the two organisations, especially in the promotion and management of natural resources, food security, rural development, desertification control and protection of the environment.
They also addressed the implementation of small-scale projects in CEN-SAD member countries on water resources, agriculture and craft industry.
In the other meeting, the Secretary of the Libyan People's Committee for Agriculture, Animal and Water Resources, Aboubaker Mansouri, discussed the deepening of co-operation between the country and the FAO with Diouf.
Both men recalled Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi's call for the setting up of a seed production centre and genetic plant resource bank in Africa.
The also discussed the possible establishment of a technical taskforce of Libyan and FAO experts on a plant programme in the country's north-eastern Jabal Al-Akhdhar region.
The officials equally examined Libya-FAO co-operation on training and building of technical capacities in agricultural research, and reviewed the use of pesticides and action against plant diseases.

18 مايو 2007 09:33:00

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