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Hungary continues to seek close cooperation with FAO

Hungary continues to seek close cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the ministry of agriculture said on Tuesday.

During its upcoming European Union presidency, Hungary plans to highlight the importance of reducing food waste and poverty that still exists in various parts of the world, the ministry said in a statement citing Istvan Nagy, the minister of agriculture, after he met FAO’s assistant director-general Viorel Gutu.

Nagy congratulated Gutu on his recent appointment, adding that it was highly important to Hungary that the FAO operated a regional centre in Budapest, and he pledged to further strengthen existing cooperation.

Under the arrangements of the Hungarian EU presidency, a high-level international conference will be held with the cooperation of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in October, focusing on food waste, the statement said.

The minister said Hungary had made considerable contributions towards helping Africa, aiding efforts to stop migration, and he noted that Hungary has sent grain to Africa through the World Food Programme.

Commenting on education, Nagy said that young people who obtain a degree thanks to an FAO scholarship should also receive help at home because they possessed internationally important knowledge and experience.

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