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PM Off To Rome For Top Award

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama flies out today for Rome where he will receive Fiji’s award in the global fight against hunger. The award is given by the Food & Agriculture
04 Jun 2015 10:34
PM Off To Rome For Top Award
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama attending the funeral of the late Ratu Ifereimi Waituitui Ravoka at Ucunivanua Village in Verata yesterday. Report and photos on page 4. Photo: Jona Konataci

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama flies out today for Rome where he will receive Fiji’s award in the global fight against hunger.

The award is given by the Food & Agriculture Organisations (FAO) of the United Nations.

It recognises that Fiji has reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 6.6 per cent in 1990-1992, to 4.5per cent in 2014-2016.

Mr Bainimarama confirmed his Rome trip to the Fiji Sun at Ucunivanua, Verata, yesterday.

He was there to attend the funeral of the late Ratu Mai Verata, Ratu Ifereimi Waituitui Ravoka.

“I’m leaving for a FAO meeting in Rome with the Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, Mr Inia Seruiratu tomorrow (today),” he said.

Mr Seruiratu said the PM was invited by FAO to attend the Special Events on “Recognizing notable and outstanding progress in fighting hunger.

“In June 2013, Fiji was awarded a Diploma for having made good progress in fighting hunger and for having reached ahead of time the MDG Hunger target,” he said. MDG stands for Millennium Development Goals.

The result, he said, had confirmed that Fiji had reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 6.6% in 1990-1992, to 4.5% in 2014-2016.

He said that the PM would be part of the Panel to share Fiji’s experience on the work of FAO with Small Island Developing States in “Capturing New Opportunities and strengthening partnership for concrete actions.

Mr Bainimarama would also attend a Bilateral Meeting with The Director General of FAO, which would include the signing of the Host Country Agreement (HCA).

The HCA, Mr Seruiratu said, would enable FAO to establish an office in Suva, like other UN agencies, as part of FAO decentralisation policy.

The FAO of the United Nations is an agency of the United Nations established in 1945 that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.

FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all.

Its Latin motto“Fiat Panis” translates as “Let there be bread”.

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

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