Many dignitaries were on hand on Monday (16 November) in Lome for a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Many dignitaries were on hand on Monday (16 November) in Lome for a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). A part of the commemorative celebrations was a display of locally-produced agricultural goods.
The first speaker was M. Bloch, the United Nations representative in Togo. Then M. Paulin Eklou, Minister of Rural Economy, spoke to the guests assembled for the ceremony. Other ministers present included M. Alex Mivedor, the Minister of Public Works.
The speakers praised the work of the F.A.O. during its years of service in Togo, and cited such examples as the fight against hunger and the control of population. M. Bloch said that as a result of the FAO's operations in Togo, there were fewer children born today in danger of death by starvation than in earlier years.
M. Eklou said that FAO would continue and redouble its efforts towards alleviating some problems of countries in the "third world". He urged that more work be done in such areas as food production and distribution, conservation and population control.
Other dignitaries at the ceremony were West German Ambassador Sohnke, Israeli Ambassador Joel Sher and Chief Goumu II, President of the Togolese United Nations Association.
The guests then toured an exhibition displaying a variety of Togolese agricultural products, including dairy produce and coconuts.