New York - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, appointed on Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco’s Abdelouahhab Zaid as FAO Goodwill Ambassador.
New York – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, appointed on Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco’s Abdelouahhab Zaid as FAO Goodwill Ambassador.
The Moroccan professor receives this distinction for his “outstanding work in the area of date palm production and protection as well as his support for the sustainable development of the Emirates’ agricultural sector,” according a press release published on FAO’s website.
“I am deeply honored to know that the FAO and its esteemed members felt me worthy of such a significant responsibility,” Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid told Morocco World News.
“In filling this position, I will be honored to be a part of the overarching FAO mission and will be adamant in doing my part to contribute, not only as an individual but also as a Moroccan national, in my own modest way, to the eradication of chronic hunger in our lifetime,” he added.
During the appointment ceremony, FAO director praised the work professor Zaid has done over the years to promote sustainable practices in the UAE.
“I am sure that your knowledge, commitment and influence will prove highly effective in raising public awareness and encourage the promotion of sustainable practices in the United Arab Emirates,” Graziano da Silva said.
“Your continued support and advice, as well as your technical leadership to regional and international agricultural activities, have been instrumental in the fight against hunger”, he added.
The Moroccan professor has worked for many years in the development of integrated pest management of date palm, and played a pivotal role in developing the UEA’s date palm industry.
Upon his appointment, professor Zaid said that was honored to have this opportunity to serve not only the UAE, but also the whole Gulf region and other Arab date palm growing countries in the development and protection of date palm trees.
“This is my opportunity to pay back both FAO and the UAE for all the knowledge, know-how and technology learned over 30 years and to work to assist in the field of agricultural innovation and sustainable agriculture in the country and the region,” Professor Zaid said.
“Date palms are the skeleton of life in the UAE. Without them, there is no future for agriculture, “he added.
Before his appointment, professor Zaid has been the Agricultural Advisor at the UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs and serves as General Secretary of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation.