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FAO thanks CATAS for mask donation via letter

DATE:2020-05-11       SOURCE:MARA

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) wrote to the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) in late April to express its appreciation for CATAS’s donation of 5,000 surgical masks amid coronavirus pandemic.


The FAO noted that the generous donation comes at a time of urgent need and will greatly enhance the measures FAO is taking to ensure the safety of its staff, demonstrating assistance and solidarity during hard times. The FAO looks forward to furthering cooperation with CATAS in the future under the framework of South-South Cooperation and the Triangular Cooperation.


The CATAS and the FAO have maintained good cooperation for a long time. Early in  1982, the FAO funded the then coconut research station in Wenchang, Hainan Province, the predecessor of the Coconut Research Institute of CATAS. The CATAS joined the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) initiated by the FAO in 2012 and was designated as an FAO Reference Center for Tropical Agriculture Research and Training in 2014.


In recent years, leveraging its advantages in tropical agricultural science and technology, the CATAS has engaged in a range of activities, demonstrating partnership with the FAO, including the China-aided Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center in the Congo Republic, fielding over 60 tropical agriculture experts to 20-plus countries for  technology assistance and offering training courses in China for more than 4,000 agricultural personnel from 99 countries.



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