US embassy cable - 02ROME3757

FAO FIELD VISIT TO GUATEMALA AND ECUADOR TO REVIEW SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR FOOD SECURITY PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 2002

Identifier: 02ROME3757
Wikileaks: View 02ROME3757 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-08-01 05:43:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: AORC EAGR EAID EC GT FAO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ROME 003757 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR IO 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRAOR NATSIOS, AA/EGAT, AA/LAC 
 
USDA FOR FAS,MCHAMBLISS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: AORC, EAGR, EAID, EC, GT, FAO 
SUBJECT:  FAO FIELD VISIT TO GUATEMALA AND ECUADOR TO REVIEW 
SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR FOOD SECURITY PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 2002 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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SUMMARY 
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1.  THE FAO IS ORGANIZING AN INVITATION-ONLY FIELD VISIT TO 
GUATEMALA AND ECUADOR, OCTOBER 19-21 AND 21-23, 
RESPECTIVELY.  THE TRIP WILL GIVE PARTICIPANTS AN 
OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW FIELD-LEVEL PROGRESS IN THE FAO'S 
SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR FOOD SECURITY (SPFS). 
 
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BACKGROUND 
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2.  THE SPFS WAS LAUNCHED BY FAO IN 1994 AND AIMS TO ASSIST 
LOW-INCOME, FOOD-DEFICIT COUNTRIES (LIFDCS) IN IMPROVING 
FOOD SECURITY AND ACCESS OF TO FOOD. 
 
3.  THE PROGRAM ITSELF IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PHASES.  THE 
FIRST PHASE INVOLVES WATER CONTROL, INTENSIFICATION AND 
DIVERSIFICATION OF PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND AN ANALYSIS OF 
RELATED SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONSTRAINTS AND SOLUTIONS.  THE 
SECOND PHASE ADDRESSES POLICY REFORM AND AGRICULTURAL 
INVESTMENT. 
 
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TARGET AUDIENCE 
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4.  FAO INVITES MINISTERS FOR AGRICULTURE AND INTERNATIONAL 
COOPERATION, HEADS OF LEADING NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AID 
ORGAINZATIONS, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES TO FAO, AND 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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REPRESENTATIVES OF MAJOR DONOR COUNTRIES BASED IN THE LIFDCS 
TO PARTICIPATE. 
 
5.  PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COVER THEIR OWN 
EXPENSES. FAO DIRECTOR GENERAL JACQUES DIOUF WILL LEAD THE 
VISIT. 
 
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NEXT STEPS 
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6.  FAO HAS ADDRESSED LETTERS TO USAID ADMINISTRATOR 
NATSIOS, SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE VENEMAN AND OTHER SENIOR 
USG OFFICIALS.  IN ADDITION WORLD BANK PRESIDENT WOLFENSOHN 
AND UNDP ADMINISTRATOR MARK MALLOCH BROWN HAVE BEEN INVITED. 
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE FIELD VISIT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO 
MR. HENRI CARSALADE, TECHNICAL COOPERATION DEPARTMENT, FAO, 
(39) 0657055953. 
 
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COMMENT 
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7.  WHILE PARTICIPATION BY HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS IS WELCOME, 
GIVEN THE BREVITY OF THE TRIPS TO GUATEMALA AND ECUADOR, WE 
THINK IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR USAID MISSIONS AND/OR 
AGRICULTURAL ATTACHES IN-COUNTRY OR IN THE REGION TO TAKE 
PART IN THIS FIELD VISIT.  TAMLYN 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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 2002ROME03757 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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