The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has reaffirmed its support to date palm production and development in the Near East region, including tackling the threat of Red Palm Weevil and improving the date palm value chain.
“More than ever, regional and international cooperation is needed to promote knowledge sharing, and to mobilize the necessary funding to support date palm development,” the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the 10th Session of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation (KIADPAI) and the 6th International Date Palm Conference.
According to him, “FAO will continue to strongly support your efforts in relation to rural development in general, and the date palm in particular.” he said.
The Director General also said that the United Nations agency has renewed two important partnerships in the region to support local date palm production.
He explained that FAO and the Khalifa International Award’s Board of Trustees, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the development of the regional date palm network, and to promote the exchange of experiences at regional level.
According to him, the agreement with KIADPAI was a continuation of the UN agency’s close collaboration with the United Arab Emirates in enhancing cooperation on food security issues in the region. F
“I am very satisfied with the fruitful partnership that we have built with the Arab Organization for Agriculture Development, together we are promoting a holistic, market-driven and inclusive approach to develop the date palm value chains in the North East and North African region, with a focus on increasing competitiveness of the local date palm, and promoting the access of small farmers to higher value markets.” Graziano da Silva said