France and the Philippines strengthen agricultural cooperation [fr]
Last September 26, 2017, France and the Philippines signed a cooperation agreement on the agricultural sector which seeks to intensify bilateral commercial exchanges and implement technical assistance.
The Philippines-France Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change, which took place last September 26 in Manila, concluded with the signature of an administrative arrangement between France and the Philippines, represented by Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and French Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Laurent Legodec.
This agreement seeks to consolidate institutional relations between France’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture by strengthening agricultural and technical cooperation in specific sectors and areas of common interest. The first aspect will promote sustainable agricultural practices and the development of the livestock and animal health sector, while the second aspect will strengthen the capacity for the implementation of public policies related to food hygiene and phytosanitary issues, the modernization of the value chain, and the development of laboratories and Chambers of Agriculture.
- Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and French Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Laurent Legodec are joined by officials from the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture and France’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Speaking at the signing ceremony, French Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Laurent Legodec underscored the strong commitment of France in the diversification of its cooperation with the Philippines, especially in the fight against climate change and in the development of the country’s agricultural sector.
For his part, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, a farmer by profession until entering politics, insisted on the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of his country. Moreover, he praised the French agricultural model, which offers considerable support to farmers and to the sector as a whole and which can propose efficient solutions for the Philippines’ agricultural sector.