HIS MAJESTY APPOINTED AS FAO SPECIAL
AMBASSADOR FOR NUTRITION
His Majesty King Letsie III has been appointed as
newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition by the Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO)’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva for FAO of
the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The announcement was made at a high-level International Symposium on
Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition held
to explore country-level challenges and successes in the nutritional
reshaping of food production, processing, marketing and retail systems.
Pledging to take up his new role with energy and passion, His Majesty
welcomed the fact that nutrition is now firmly on the global agenda.
He said in Africa just a few years ago, nutrition was not a priority for
discussion, let alone investment, saying now things have changed for the
His Majesty therefore urged all members to remember the positive
correlation between nutrition and the socio-economic development of
nations, commenting that well fed and well-nourished individuals can
drive the economic development agendas of their countries.
Also speaking, the FAO Representative in Lesotho, Mr. Yves Klompenhouwer
congratulated His Majesty for being appointed as the FAO’s Special
Ambassador on Nutrition.
He said Lesotho is ahead of other African countries in the field of
social protection, noting that Basotho should really be proud of this
He further mentioned that the country is expected to continue to play a
prominent role in the international debate on Nutrition and Social
The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy
Diets and Improved Nutrition was jointly organised by FAO and the World
Health Organisation (WHO).
Source: LENA 07/12/2016