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FAO Regional Representative visits Sierra Leone today

 February 21, 2017 Mr.Bukar Tijani

The Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bukar Tijani and entourage will visit Sierra Leone today, Tuesday, 21 February 2017.

Tijani would  be in Freetown to attend the 13th regional meeting of the African Caribbean Pacific -European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (West Africa) which is to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Freetown from 22 to 24 February, 2017.

The (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly will bring together 16 JPA parliamentarians from national parliaments of the West Africa region and an equal number of JPA Members from the European Parliament.

The meeting will be an opportunity for an exchange of views on a number of issues that are of specific interest to the region, including regional integration and cooperation; sustainable exploitation of natural resources, conservation and ecosystem diversity; the security situation in the Sahel and piracy; challenges of irregular migration, including people smuggling and trafficking; the recovery process of the Ebola affected countries and the traceability of EU funding; the rise of potential to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth; and the rise of entrepreneurship in the region.

Together with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Professor Patrick Monty Jones and other partners in the food and nutrition security sector, Mr. Tijani will on Thursday, 23 February, 2017 launch the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Africa 2016 based on the theme, The Challenges of Building Resilience to Shocks and Stresses.

This publication provides an overview of key trends on food security and nutrition in the Africa region and includes a new analytical tool – Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) to help enhance the understanding of food security and nutritional status. This tool will be used to monitor progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 2.1 (i.e. by 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round).

In line with this year’s theme, an entire section of the publication focuses on issues and response mechanisms for building resilience to shocks related to food security and nutrition in the context of climate change and conflicts in Africa.

The FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa will also visit key project sites in the rural communities to assess the Organization’s implementation and interact with stakeholders and beneficiaries.

He is expected to depart Sierra Leone on Saturday, 25 February 2017.