Muscat, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today

signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) concerning the efforts to

build-up agriculture and fisheries sector capacities to support

smallholders at national and regional levels.

The agreement was signed at FAO representation Office in Muscat

by Sayyidah Dr. Muna bint Fahad al-Said, SQU Assistant Vice

Chancellor for International Cooperation, and Jose Graziano da Silva,

Director General of the FAO.

This collaboration will enhance the delivery of FAO’s mandate to

collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate information relating to

nutrition and, food security.

The collaboration is in direct support to FAO’s strategic objectives to

make agriculture and fisheries sectors more productive and sustainable

and to improve livelihoods of small-scale family farmers through joint

support to the three FAO’s Regional Initiatives on Small Scale Family

Farming, on water scarcity and building resilience for food security and

nutrition.

The LoU seeks to support and strengthen capacities in a number of

areas, such as to Generate, exchange and disseminate knowledge and

data related to the Agriculture and Fisheries sector in Oman in forms of

joint articles, videos, research papers and studies and publications;

Development of a FAO publications library within SQU to increase

access for professors, professionals and students of FAO’s knowledge

products; Contribute to the SQU’s Master Programs of Food Science

and Nutrition or Marine Science and Fisheries and other relevant

programs through FAO’s contribution to curriculum development and

provision of lectures on mutually-agreed topics in FAO’s area of

expertise; and, Access to and uptake of FAO’s e-Learning products at

SQU on food security, nutrition and agriculture themes.

As per the LoU, FAO will provide technical support on joint projects

to facilitate and provide access to tools, methodologies and materials to

contribute to the development and implementation on FAO-SQU

projects; identify and support mobilization of technical experts to the

development and implementation on FAO-SQU projects.

The LoU includes clauses pertaining to organization and delivery of

joint events to promote sustainable and productive practices of

agriculture and fisheries sectors in Oman and raise awareness of

small-scale family farming, including support to occasions such as

World Food Day, Rural Women’s Day, World Water Day, etc.

The two parties may agree to build institutional capacities in areas of

mutual interest through mobilization of experts and staff within FAO’s

Internship, Volunteer and Fellowship Programme, South-South

Cooperation, Triangular Cooperation and other forms of collaboration.

FAO will provide non-binding advice to the board of the College of

Agricultural & Marine Sciences at SQU through participating in

meetings. Both parties could discuss and exchange views on national

and regional priorities related to agriculture and fisheries sector in

terms of programs, research and specializations.

Source: Oman News Agency