On 14 October 2022, His Excellency Mr. Yerlan Baidaulet, Director General of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), visited the Headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome and was received by its Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department, Mr. Donal Brown. The meeting served to, inter alia, follow-up to the virtual technical meeting held on 27 September 2022 between the Institutions’ Teams, and it was agreed that there is a need to develop a Joint Action Plan, based on regional approach, to implement activities to benefit common Member States.
The Director General also met with Mr. Iain Wright, Deputy Director of general research and development–Integrated Sciences at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) with whom issues of mutual interest were exchanged in the context of developing joint initiatives in livestock development, particularly the IOFS initiative Sheep Farm Fund, which was recently adopted by the IOFS 5th General Assembly, held on 10-11 October 2022.
Finally, the Director General was received by His Excellency Mr. Yerbolat Sembayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Italy, at his Office. The meeting was more for expressing thanks and appreciation for the kind support the Director General and Mr. Abdula Manafi Mutualo, Senior Liaison Officer, had been graciously provided by the Embassy since their arrival in Rome. The Ambassador took the opportunity to brief on important roles he has, particularly as Permanent Representative of his country to United Nations Agencies based in Rome and assured of his personal commitment and support towards IOFS increased involvement with such Agencies.