|Roger Gilbert with Clifford Spencer, Special Ambassador for NEPAD and Senior Technical Adviser to the Rome-based African Ambassadors Haladou Salah and Dr Hamady Diop|
Over 200 aquaculture specialists, from governments around the world, met in Rome this week under the FAO's umbrella Committee on Fisheries, at the 32nd session of COFI 2016.
During the week Roger Gilbert, publisher of Milling and Grain and International Aquafeed magazines and the former founder and secretary general of the International Feed Industry Federation, met with representatives from FAO's New Partnerships for Development (Nepad) which operates as part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
Mr Gilbert was invited to present information on feed production and livestock and fish feeding. He took the opportunity to introduce a new industry charity that aims to support training for millers from developing countries. The new charity set up under the name of 'Aquaculture without Frontiers' and 'Milling4Life' will focus on both animal and fish feeding in addition to traditional flour and cereals milling.
"It was the culmination of work our magazines have been doing over recent years to engage with food production in Africa by presenting an industry-supported way forward in improving the feed milling capacity on the African continent," says Mr Gilbert.
"Our magazines are here to serve and support the milling industry everywhere and by establishing a charity we can carry out more meaningful work with feed and food millers in Africa through the NEPAD organisation which represents the interests of 53 of 54 African countries.
"I was fortunate to be invited by Clifford Spencer, Special Ambassador for NEPAD to meet with Haladou Salah, Senior Technical Adviser to the Rome-based African Ambassadors and Dr Hamady Diop Program Manager - Natural Resources Governance for NEPAD, to discuss how we might help," he says.
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