ROME, MAY 19- FAO and the Istituto Italo-Latino Americano (IILA) are joining forces to bolster food security, agriculture and rural development in Latin America. An agreement signed today at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs headquarters by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and IILA Secretary-General Donato di Santo, establishes the base for future knowledge exchange and rolling out joint activities for the next five years.
IILA is a Rome-based international Organization counting Italy and 20 Latin American countries as its members, with permanent observer status at the UN General Assembly. In a sign of support for the new accord, Italy Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano today announced a 5 million euro donation to support FAO’s work and 1.2 million for IILA.
“Food security is a crucial interesse for Italy”, Alfano said, stressing that the new agreement is another step to support FAO’s daily work to advance the 2030 sustainable development agenda along the lines of “a strategic partnership” with the international food and agricultural agencies headquartered in Rome.
“The Alliance with IILA will allow us to carry out mutual cooperation actions on the basis of FAO’s Regional Initiative aimed at achieving a hunger-free Latin America as well as supporting family agriculture, rural development, the sustainable use of natural resources, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management,” said Graziano da Silva while thanking Italy for its ongoing support for FAO’s work.
IILA was established in 1996. Apart from Italy, its members include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. (@OnuItalia)