FAO donates PCs to Yemeni Institutions [Archives:2004/721/Local News]

March 18 2004

Ismail Al-Ghabiri
During the last 8 years the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has under taken a series of innovative steps to enhance its mandate. Dr. J. Diouf has initiated a number of activities such as food security, telefood etc. Most recently FAO has embarked on strengthening the capabilities of senior decision makers pertaining to agricultural information and data. To this end, it has distributed a large number of computers and CD ROMs containing relevant information on agriculture, fisheries, rural development, forestry and the environment.
As part of this exercise FAO donated during the first week of March of this year, 6 PCs and related CD ROMs to the Ministries of Agriculture and Fish Wealth, the Chamber of Commerce (agricultural section), Faculty of Agriculture (Sana'a University), the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Resources and the UN Association of Yemen.
FAO has relatively substantial development activities and has made quite a significant contribution to human capacity development in Yemen over the past 25 years.
The dissemination of information and the assistance of the number of countries in technology transfers pertinent to food and agriculture is part of the FAO's UN mandate. This role has increasing importance overtime, due to various challenges encountered regarding the production, distribution and availability of food in the greater part of the world. FAO-UN not only provides technical support from its own resources but it plays an important catalytic role in securing development assistance from donor countries, in the formulation of bankable projects and programmes.