FAO projects in Tunisia (2016-2020), at advanced stage (Samir Taieb)
16/07/2019 13:54, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources Samir Taieb said on Tuesday that planned projects with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for 2016-2020 are at an advanced stage.

Taieb pointed out during a working session held in the presence of FAO North Africa Office Co-ordinator Philippe Ankers, that these projects have benefited small farmers and positive results have been recorded in particular in terms of governance in the fisheries and agriculture sector.

Three co-operation agreements were signed during the meeting between the ministry and the FAO.

The first one provides for the establishment of a public-private partnership in agricultural extension.

The second agreement regards a ministry reorganisation project adapted to the future challenges of the sustainable and harmonious development of the sector.

The third one provides for the launch of a project to support the official control services for animal and plant products in Tunisia as part of a project with the European Union.

The FAO representative called for agriculture to be integrated into broader concepts of rural economy, territorial development, landscape preservation, and biodiversity conservation.

“We want agriculture today that generates decent jobs, we want agriculture where gender equality is respected," he said.

The funding allocated under the partnership between the Ministry and FAO is estimated at $ 15 million, according to Taieb.

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