Press release

Seychelles and IFAD to Begin New Era of Engagement

March 11, 2013

The Seychelles Government and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reaffirmed their commitment to pursuing projects that are well adapted to the specificities of small island countries.

In a meeting held on last week at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the President of IFAD, Mr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, had in depth talks with the Minister for Natural Resources and Industry, Mr. Peter Sinon, the Minister for Environment and Energy, Prof. Rolph Payet, and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure, among other government representatives from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Education, to discuss the revitalization of the IFAD-Seychelles partnership.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for Seychelles to welcome the President of IFAD so soon after his re-election to see first hand the challenges and opportunities Seychelles has as we continually grow and develop, and pursue food security for the Seychellois people,” said Minister Sinon.

Among the issues discussed was the necessity of creating a value-added chain in the local production of food ranging from production, packaging and product marketing, as well as the need to sensitize the youth to the various entrepreneurial opportunities that exist within the industry.

“IFAD has demonstrated an immense commitment to supporting Seychelles on our development journey by making this visit happen,” Said Amb. Faure

“The principals of the organization are very much in line with the governments commitment to, not only ensuring we have enough food for our people, but to also provide livelihoods and wealth for Seychellois willing to work in this sector.”

During this working session other issues of resource management, climate change and the impact of unforeseen weather phenomena, as well as the implications of social change on traditional concepts of food production.

Mr. Nwanze was on a three-day working visit in Seychelles from the 6th to 9th and was accompanied by Mr. Perin St. Ange, Regional Director of the Division for East and Southern Africa and David Paqui, events officer, media relations and external communications of the communications division from IFAD.

During his visit Mr. Nwanze conducted numerous visits to local farms, as well as visited the islands of Praslin and La Digue, and also participated in a special discussion on ‘Private Public Partnership’ with industry representatives held at Le Meridien Barbarons Hotel.

Mr. Nwanze also called on President James Michel at State House during his visit.

This is the first official visit of President of IFAD to the Seychelles on official business.


Editor’s Note:

  • Seychelles is a member of IFAD since 1978.
  • The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations and was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference and its mission is to enable poor rural people to overcome poverty. It has 167 members and the headquarters is based in Rome, Italy.