The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations “FAO” announced on Tuesday the appointment of Moroccan Ismahane Elouafi, to assume, for the first time in the history of the organization, the post of scientist in chief.

According to a statement released by FAO, the appointment of Ismahane Elouafi, announced by the Organization’s Director-General, Qu Dongyu, on the occasion of the Organization’s 35th Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa, would help to strengthen the technical and scientific dimension of the work of the organization.

The statement added that “Ismahane Elouafi has a rich and extensive scientific knowledge in the Near East and North Africa region and will constitute a real wealth to meet the challenges facing the region”, according to WFP.

The 35th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa Region was held via video technology in the Sultanate of Oman and was attended by 30 Member States of the Organization, as well as representatives from partner organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia to discuss innovative solutions related to this year’s theme “Transforming Food Systems”. To achieve the goals of sustainable development. ”

During the conference activities, the ministers of the Near East and North Africa region approved a ministerial declaration laying the foundations for strengthening cooperation in the region to build sustainable solutions to food and agricultural challenges. urgent and urgent, with the aim of recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and transforming food systems.

It should be noted that FAO members in the Near East and North Africa region meet every two years to discuss matters of common interest and to guide the Organization’s work in support of food and agriculture in the region.

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