11 Apr 2013

Head of FAO to be bestowed a Samoan matai title

8:46 am on 11 April 2013

The Director General of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation Jose Graziano da Silva will be bestowed a traditional matai title at Lefaga village this morning.

Lefaga is the village of Minister of Agriculture, Le Mamea Ropati.

The honorary matai titles do not have the same rights as those bestowed on heirs of a title and accompanying entitlements to land and other resources.

Mr da Silva is in Apia for the 10th Meeting of FAO South West Pacific Ministers of Agriculture which Samoa hosts from the 11th - 13th April.

Organisers say 14 countries will be represented at the meeting.

Talamua online says topics to be discussed include food security and market opportunities.

FAO has made a major contribution to the development of agriculture and fisheries in Samoa for the last 50 years.