There is "maximum" cooperation between Italy and the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and this spans a very wide range of areas, foreign minister Luigi Di Maio stated Thursday.
"Collaboration between Italy and FAO is at a maximum levels and it has extremely broad horizons," Di Maio wrote on Facebook, thanking FAO chief Qu Dongyu for inviting him to the reopening ceremony of the UN agency's renovated headquarters.
During its presidency of the G20 and the UN Food Systems Summit taking place in Rome on 26-28 July, Italy is focusing on food security, Di Maio underlined.
"We are paying great attention to one of the priority topics of our time: food security," Di Maio wrote.
A "concrete example" of this commitment is the so-called Matera Declaration, a call to action on food security, nutrition and food systems adopted by G20 foreign and development ministers in Matera, southern Italy on 29 June, Di Maio said.
"Only through multilateralism and with efforts by governments and international organisations to achieve constant synergies will we be able to face the major contemporary challenges," the post concluded.