12 March 2013, Bern, Switzerland - Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann had discussions in Berne with Mr. José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The matters discussed included strengthening Switzerland’s collaboration with the FAO in the fight against hunger throughout the world and in developing sustainable food supply systems.
On the invitation of Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann, Mr. José Graziano da Silva, the [...]
Uganda encouraged to embrace commercial farming
8 March 2013, Kampala/Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Ugandan Vice-President Edward Sekandi to discuss ways to ensure food security for all Ugandans and reduce poverty by supporting rural smallholders in the country's agriculture sector.
Sekandi met with Graziano da Silva on behalf of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the FAO chief's one-day visit to Uganda.
Graziano da Silva commended the government of Uganda for [...]
"If we unite to increase food security for women, we also nourish the minds and bodies of whole communities"
Joint statement from the leaders*of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).
* José Graziano da Silva, Director-General FAO; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President IFAD; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director WFP; Irene Khan, Director-General IDLO.
8 March 2013, Rome
- On International Women's Day [...]
Need to focus on building resilience and reducing risks
8 March 2013, Geneva/Rome
– Droughts cause the deaths and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined, making them the world’s most destructive natural hazard. Yet while droughts are expected to increase in frequency, area and intensity due to climate change, effective drought management policies are missing in most parts of the world. Three United Nations institutions have now joined forces to promote the development and adoption of [...]
FAO Director-General José Graziano and EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs conclude successful three-day visit
7 March 2013, Lilongwe/Rome - FAO and the European Union have reaffirmed their commitment to working closely together to tackle food insecurity in Africa and support sustainable agricultural development across the continent.
At the end of a three-day joint visit to Malawi with EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said that encouraging diversification in the agricultural sector and improving market access would have a huge [...]
FAO, EU and Government of Malawi discuss way forward
06 March 2013, Lilongwe – Crop diversification, increasing the productivity and production of farmers through small-scale irrigation projects, improving local market systems, and other actions being implemented by the government could give a strong push to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in Malawi, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, following a high-level discussion with President Joyce Banda of Malawi and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.
EU Commissioner Piebalgs and FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva in high-level visit
5 March 2013, Brussels/Rome/Lilongwe - During a high level visit to Malawi, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, and José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), met today with President Joyce Banda to discuss the country's challenges on nutrition and food security, and to underline ongoing EU and FAO support in this area.
Malawi has made progress in the fight against hunger but [...]
Accord aims to boost impact of the two organizations' work
28 February 2013, Rome
- FAO and the Consortium of International Agriculture Research Centers (CGIAR Consortium) have formed a strategic partnership aimed at boosting the impact of their activities.
In a Memorandum of Understanding signed here today, and building on years of collaboration, the two organizations formally pledged to engage in "a strategic partnership, building on the institutional strengths of both organizations, in order to increase the [...]
Sir Gordon Conway’s book serves as a springboard for debate on eradicating hunger and malnutrition for the world’s growing numbers – in a sustainable way
27 February 2013, Rome, Italy – Sir Gordon Conway presented his recently published book, One Billion Hungry: Can we feed the world?, today at FAO headquarters, during a seminar focusing on the urgent need to sustainably increase agricultural production to feed and nourish a growing world population confronted especially by the challenge of a warming climate.
The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with participation of the heads of the [...]
Framework agreement covers office space, administrative and logistic support
27 February 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO will assist the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to establish country offices on FAO’s premises in selected countries, according to a framework agreement signed today by the chiefs of the two Rome-based food agencies.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze signed the accord at IFAD headquarters during its Governing Council.
The agreement is [...]
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