FAO General Director praises Cuba’s work in favor of food production

Campaign News | Tuesday, 22 July 2008

The General Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, praised on Monday a program of actions developed by Cuba in order to increase food production.

After a tour of the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine, the UN representative spoke to reporters and referred to the significance of his meeting with Cuban First VP Jose Ramon Machado Ventura earlier on Monday.

Diouf said that the measures implemented by Cuba -such as handing over idle lands to farmers and cooperatives - are already yielding concrete results and added that this kind of initiatives encourage local production of food.

During his tour of the Latin American School of Medicine, First Vice Rector Dr. Yoandra Muro gave the visitor details about the educational center, from which more than 6,000 students have already graduated as doctors in medicine and where nearly 10,000 youths from more than 20 countries are currently studying.

The FAO General Director commended this project because “among its basic elements it includes food security, education and health and it shows Cuba’s solidarity and international cooperation with other nations.”

The UN representative on Monday also met with Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque.

Prior to the end of his visit to Cuba on Tuesday, Diouf will also meet with the ministers of Public Health, Agriculture and Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation.

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