Friday, November 18, 2011

FAO celebrates six decades of operation in Nepal

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of United Nations in Nepal and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives jointly celebrated FAO’s 60 years of collaboration in Kathmandu today.
On the occasion, FAO representative in Nepal Bui Thi Lan expressed FAO's appreciation to the government and all stakeholders for their support and reiterate its continued cooperation and commitment to working in Nepal with farmers to address the challenges and opportunities associated with agriculture and rural development for a hunger-free Nepal.
Nepal became a member of FAO on November 21, 1951. It was the first among the UN agencies to start its technical assistance and field level work in Nepal. During last 60 years of service, Nepal FAO office has made great strides in vital areas of agriculture and rural development by providing advice on policy matters and technical support in relevant sub sectors in Nepal. FAO has also played an active role in times of disaster and emergency to provide urgent humanitarian support.
During the period, several hundred projects and programmes have been implemented by FAO, embracing a broad range of programmes related to crops, livestock, forestry, fishery, food and nutrition security, rural development and environment conservation.
'United Against Hunger' was a campaign organised by FAO worldwide to recognise the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international level. In the same spirit Nepal FAO office also organised a nationwide campaign engaging different sectors, focused on amplifying the message that society has to take special care to ensure no one goes hungry.
To this effect FAO Nepal office collected the highest number of signatures in the world from wide range of Nepalese citizens reconfirming the willingness to fight against hunger.
The achievement of 60 years of cooperation was seen an opportune moment to reflect upon the successes achieved over those years while at the same time reaffirming the commitment and cooperation of the government and FAO to maintain the momentum in the future.The function was inaugurated by vice president Parmananda Jha.

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