Alan Duncan, DFID Minister of State, United Kingdom (R) meeting FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, FAO headquarters.
19 November 2012, Rome, Italy – Director-General José Graziano da Silva met UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan today.
Talks covered progress being made in 2012 to transform FAO’s performance and impact. The changes they discussed heighten the emphasis on delivering results within countries, focusing the work on fewer and cross-cutting strategic objectives, strengthening FAO’s presence and capacity in the decentralized locations and finally, streamlining administrative processes and improving efficiency and value for money
Graziano da Silva emphasized the link between food security and national and regional security– pointing out the examples of areas such as the Near East, Horn of Africa and the Sahel –
He stressed the need to improve global governance of food security.
One example of good governance, he said, is the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), set up by the G20 in 2011 to increase food commodity market transparency and facilitate the coordination of international responses to price volatility . FAO is Secretary of AMIS.
The FAO chief described to the Minister the key role FAO plays in many of today’s most important global issues, ranging from climate change, feeding the world’s growing populations, reducing food waste, changing diets, responding to the ever-greater water challenge and slowing down the depletion of the world’s vital natural resources.
The Minister’s visit coincides with the UK Government’s update of its 2011 Multilateral Aid Review (MAR). At that time, the MAR rated FAO poor in value for money and highlighted five broad areas of weakness, including in particular in the country level. Graziano believes the 2013 MAR Update will provide an opportunity to show the enormous progress that has been made to transform FAO and ensure that it is fully equipped to lead the world’s efforts to eliminate the twin scourges of hunger and poverty, working alongside its Rome-partners, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme. he MAR Update report on FAO will be published in April 2013.