FAO to hire Vincentian to improve cooperation with OECS

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Thursday July 11, 2013 – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will hire a Vincentian to work with them to improve cooperation with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, made the announcement on Wednesday following a meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

During a joint press conference on Wednesday, da Silva, who is on a two-day official visit said the FAO has agreed to have better coordination mechanisms with the OECS and will look for ways to have a common approach within the nine-member bloc.

He said the CVs of six Vincentians will be presented and one will be selected to work at the FAO to help improve cooperation in the region.

He also announced that in 2014, the International Year of Family Farming, the FAO will host an event in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to promote family farming.

He added that several concrete issues were discussed during the meeting with the Prime Minister. 

“We want to increase the presence of FAO in the region, especially among the Eastern Caribbean States. We believe that this is a region that needs special attention due to the impact of natural disasters, especially in the past, and also because of the decrease of the banana production that has heavily impacted the economy of this region,” da Silva said.

He said the meeting discussed the diversification of the products that can be produced locally.

His visit came on the invitation of Gonsalves during a meeting in Rome last month. At that meeting St Vincent was among 38 countries recognized by the FAO  for halving malnutrition ahead of the 2015 target. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)