Global Agriculture

Bilateral meeting with H.E. Ismael Nabe, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Republic of Guinea

28 June 2024, Rome: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu and H.E. Ismael Nabe, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Republic of Guinea, met today at FAO headquarters in Rome. The Minister was joined at the meeting by Her Excellency Aminata Kobélé Keita, Ambassador, and Permanent Representative to FAO, and Mr Alphadio Idriss Hann, National Director of International Organizations in the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

The Director-General and the Minister discussed the ambition of Guinea to transform and scale up agriculture production and to decrease dependence on imports. The Minister pointed to the ample arable land in the country suitable for more intensive farming, and in particular the need for more investment in irrigation and to learn through experience sharing on the productive systems employed in some Asian countries with similar climates.

The Director-General agreed with the ambitious strategy set out by the Minister and reaffirmed FAO’s support, especially regarding Guinea’s potential for transformation of its agrifood system, including value chain design, mechanization and diversification of crops. The Minister also emphasized the necessity for transport and food storage infrastructure development to address the current high loss of food due to spoilage during lengthy transport time to markets.

The Minister referred to Guinea’s Farmer Field Schools and School Meals initiatives and requested FAO’s technical support to ensure effective implementation. In this regard, the Minister outlined the country’s ambition to develop a transformative update to Guinea’s Country Programming Framework with FAO and he committed to working closely with FAO to achieve that.

The pair also discussed Guinea’s engagement with FAO’s Hand in Hand Initiative and the potential to attract investments through the Investment Forum during the annual World Food Forum in October 2024 at FAO headquarters in Rome. They further agreed on the need to follow-up on the discussions with a commitment to remain engaged to ensure that the potential of Guinea was fully realized.

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