June 10, 2015 By Alusine Sesay
Country Representative of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Sierra Leone has urged the government to maintain consistent investment in agriculture through knowledge enhancement of farmers and sustenance of agricultural value chain, so as to fight hunger in the country.
Dr. Gabriel Rugalema made the call while briefing the media on the 39th session of the FAO Conference that commenced on Saturday 6th June in the Italian city of Rome. The session ends on Saturday 13th June.
The meeting has brought together Agriculture Ministers from member nations together with about 20 Heads of State to discuss various issues regarding the development of agriculture and food security.
Dr. Rugalema underscored the importance of the conference, citing Article 1 of the FAO Constitution which provides for the organization to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate information relating to nutrition, food and agriculture.
He said Article 111 of the said constitution provides for the hosting of the conference where the highest policy making body of the organization meets to discuss policy, approve budget and membership, appoint the Director General of the organization, and elect the independent Chairperson of the Council.
The second day of the conference, he said, would witness the recognition and issuing of awards to countries that have made significant achievements in the fight against hunger and have met the Millennium Development Goal 1, as well as the World Food Summit criteria.