(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states are to become strategic partners in the fight against hunger and poverty and for the sustainable management of natural resources in the 79-member bloc of countries.
FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said that the agreement will strengthen collaboration between FAO and the Secretariat of the ACP Group to better address continuing food insecurity and malnutrition, hunger, natural resources management and climate change challenges,.
For his part, Secretary General of ACP Mohamed Ibn Chambas said that building on the existing cooperation will help prioritize acting on issues like "freedom from hunger and poverty."
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Chambas and Graziano da Silva at the 7th Summit of ACP Leaders in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 13-14 December. The ACP Group includes 40 Least Developed Countries and 36 Small Island States.