In an official ceremony on 4 October 2018, Solvita Āboltiņa, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Italian Republic, presented her credentials to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization.
In a conversation with the FAO Director-General, the Ambassador expressed appreciation of the organisation’s efforts in pursuit of its strategic objectives, for instance, concerning climate change. An important objective for Latvia is to reduce food loss and food waste.
Solvita Āboltiņa informed the Director-General about a draft law approved by the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament) in the second reading on 4 October, “Amendments to the Law On the Supervision of the Handling of Food”. The bill envisages regulating certain requirements in food business and laying down the cases when food could be further distributed after its “use-by” date, for instance, to charities. The Director-General welcomed the amendments, while also offering Latvia FAO’s expertise where necessary.
FAO, with headquarters in Rome, was established in 1945 and currently has 194 member nations, two associated members and one member organisation – the European Union. FAO is present in more than 130 countries. Latvia has been member of the organisation since 1991.
FAO’s strategic objectives include the following: reduce hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide; make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable; reduce rural poverty; enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems.
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