Despite progress on MDGs, war against hunger far from over, FAO chief tells high-level conference
Madrid, 4 April 2013
- National leadership and action are crucial and governments have the primary responsibility for assuring the food security of their citizens, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today told a high-level meeting on the UN's vision for a post-2015 strategy against world hunger. The UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline will pass in 2015.
"The Millenium Development Goals have pushed us [...]
Says that sustainability depends on the way food produced and consumed
Pollenzo/Bra, 25 March 2013
- Small-scale producers, local production and consumption circuits and recovering traditional crops have a major part to play in reducing hunger, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at the University of Gastronomic Sciences today, also noting the many possibilities of cooperation between FAO and the university to fulfil the vision of a hunger-free and sustainable world.
He said [...]
Mediterranean forests risk being hit hard by climate change – new FAO report
21 March, 2013, Rome - On the first International Day of Forests, celebrated by the United Nations today, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva proposed that countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target in the context of the post-2015 debate.
"In many countries, illegal deforestation is degrading ecosystems, diminishing water availability and limiting the supply of fuelwood - all of which reduce food security, especially for [...]
Inclusive financing for rural poor can be instrumental in fighting hunger
21 March 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands met to discuss ways to support poor rural families in fighting hunger and extreme poverty by improving their access to financial services.
Princess Máxima visited Rome in her capacity of UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. She met with Graziano da Silva before the two took part in a [...]
Vanda Pignata, also Secretary for Social Inclusion, praised FAO support for Ciudad Mujer initiative and looks to expand partnerships
20 March 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed the First Lady and Secretary of Social Inclusion of El Salvador, Vanda Pignata, to headquarters in Rome, where the two discussed the urgency of empowering women as key to food security, fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion.
Pignata has led a drive for transformational change by involving women and other marginalized groups in society.
FAO is supporting the [...]
Both note the need for partnerships with the private sector and beyond to end hunger
20 March 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mizengo Pinda, to Rome headquarters today. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of involving the private sector and other actors as key to continuing the country’s development through agriculture.
“Poverty is still a big issue in Tanzania, and we believe that agriculture is the answer to this problem,” Pinda said.
Mexican President meets FAO Director-General
20 March 2013, Rome
– FAO will support Mexico’s efforts to ensure that no one is left out in the fight against hunger, José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General assured the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during an encounter today in Rome.
“The National Crusade Against Hunger is a government priority. All our efforts should converge to assist vulnerable populations,” Peña Nieto said. “The Crusade focuses on those who [...]
Graziano da Silva attends inaugural Mass at Vatican, represents UN Secretary General
Rome, 19 March 2013 - FAO Director-General Jose’ Graziano da Silva attended the inaugural Mass for Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday, saying the United Nations would look to Pope Francis as a “friend of the poor” to support the fight against hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty.
Graziano da Silva was at the ceremony on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, joining other dignitaries and crowds of worshippers gathered [...]
President Dilma Rousseff meets with Graziano da Silva
18 March 2013, Rome - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva reviewed hunger and poverty-fighting strategies, including the "social technologies" pioneered by Brazil, at a meeting at FAO headquarters today.
Stating that "it is fundamental to end hunger", President Rousseff noted that three aspects of the Brazilian anti-hunger programme are essential.
It is vital to accurately map hunger so that planners know [...]
Calls for all sectors of society to collaborate on new nutrition strategies
15 March 2013, Wageningen, Netherlands
- Urbanization, economic growth and other transformations are causing changes in lifestyles and diets in many parts of the world and countries are not coping as well as they could, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at Wageningen University and Research Centre today.
The Director-General, on an official two-day visit to the Netherlands, spoke of the need to guarantee [...]
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