Saudi Arabia to give $66.7 million for FAO projects

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Saudi Arabia and FAO sign an agreement to step up in-country cooperation

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to allocate close to $67 million for projects run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the country.

An agreement paving the way for the funds was signed by Saudi and FAO officials in Rome during the agency's regional conference for the Near East.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

The funds are to provide technical assistance and expertise for 17 projects in Saudi Arabia under a five year programme from 2012 to 2016.

They include the transfer of technology and sustainable management of natural resources such as water and forests.

Other projects are for sustainable crop production and protection, the rational management of animal and fisheries resources as well as animal health.

FAO will also help train people and strengthen institutions in rural areas to enable small-scale farmers and fishers to increase and diversify food production.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations.

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