Advisor at the Royal Court and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah today met with Director General QU Dongyu of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations at the organization’s headquarters in Rome.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest in the humanitarian and relief field, mainly those concerned with the food security, nutrition and early recovery, in addition to discussing cooperation between the two sides to contribute to realizing decent living for affected and needy peoples.
KSrelief Supervisor General and FAO Director General signed two agreements, where the first included enhancing cooperation and providing a framework for cooperation to promote their goals related to improving food security and combating malnutrition at the international level and paving the way for the two sides to enhance and instill a partnership with mutual benefit to identify the structure of the program and its goal for its implementation and administration based on mutual relations that seek to help the needy and deprived, as part of hand in hand initiative, and to share knowledge and field expertise, building capacity, innovation, and exchanging invitations to participate in conferences, symposiums, workshops and exhibitions that both sides organize regarding issues of mutual interest.
The second agreement included implementing an emergency assistance project for agricultural living conditions for residents who were affected by the humanitarian crisis and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Hajjah and Lahaj governorates in Yemen, which is expected to benefit 24,030 individuals from Yemeni farming households who were affected by food insecurity.
The agreement seeks to improve food security and nutrition through providing instant support for farmers and most needy families in the agricultural communities, enhancing livestock production for beneficiary families that own livestock through distributing fodder and salt cubes, increase the opportunities to receive food for most vulnerable families through providing them with seeds and agricultural tools to increase their production as well as offering them training on food security for agricultural produce and practices of raising livestock.
Following the signing ceremony, Dr. Al-Rabeeah expressed his happiness for being in the headquarters of FAO, noting that the first agreement seeks to ensure cooperation between the two sides in several fields, while the second agreement would contribute to helping many individuals in Yemen.