Hungary is ready to continue successful cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and its Budapest offices, Minister of Agriculture István Nagy said after talks with FAO’s new chair Qu Dongyu in Rome, the ministry said. At the meeting on Tuesday, Nagy briefed Qu about the close links between Hungary’s international development activities and FAO’s work. Hungary agrees with the main targets of FAO and continues to be dedicated to supporting the organisation’s work, he added. Under the arrangements of an agreement signed in 2007, Hungary contributes as much as its resources permit to establishing food security in developing countries and hosts FAO’s European and Central Asian Regional Office and Service Centre, he added. The number of UN offices has been continually increasing in Hungary, and several UN organisations have moved their regional centres or service centres to Budapest, he said.
During his Rome visit, Nagy also held talks with President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, and they discussed ways to further develop cooperation. Nagy said Hungary’s aim was to take help where it was needed in agriculture, which applies to developing countries, including on the African continent. By improving farmers’ professional skills and developing their economies, the country can contribute to improving food security, he added. The talks also touched on Hungary’s targeted contribution in Uganda, the ministry said.