The FAO Director-General met with Private Sector Mechanism representatives at a meeting in Rome on October 10 and posted the following release to the FAO website:
“What the private sector does locally to combat hunger can quickly become global” – Graziano da Silva
“Many of the companies that are here today are present in many countries. This is important because what you do locally against hunger can quickly become global”, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a private sector partnerships meeting held today.
At the meeting, Graziano da Silva announced that FAO has set up a multi-donor trust fund to allow private sector companies to financially contribute to the organization’s work and support FAO projects and programmes. “I welcome and encourage you to join this partnership and kick start this newly established fund”,he said.
FAO Director-General explained that FAO Members approved the Strategy for Partnerships with the Private Sector, which focuses around five main Strategic Objectives: “These are the areas where I would like us to work together”.
Hakan Bahceci, Chairperson of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, thanked FAO Director General for giving representatives of more than 10.000 companies the opportunity to meet and share priorities. He also expressed his support for the undergoing transformation in FAO to enhance cooperation with the private sector. “We share the 5 Strategic Objectives that FAO holds”, he said.