THE director-general of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Dr Jose Graciano da Silva of Brazil has complimented Fiji for being one of the countries working hard to meet the millennium development goals (MDG) deadline in 2015.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama met the director-general on Monday in his capacity as chair of the Group 77 and China.
A statement from the Ministry of Information released yesterday said Dr Graciano complimented Commodore Bainimarama for Fiji being one of the countries that managed to halve the number of hungry people over three years before the MDG deadline.
He said this achievement was certainly something to be commemorated.
The statement said Dr Graciano discussed attempts by FAO to create South-South co-operation synergies between Brazil's sugar research institute and the Fiji sugar industry.