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Graziano da Silva awarded “Honoris Causa” degree by Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine

“This award belongs to rural development and the fight against hunger” – FAO Director-General

Graziano da Silva receives honorary degree at the Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

5 April 2014 Bucharest, Romania - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was awarded today with an honorary doctorate degree –“Honoris Causa”- by the Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine for his achievements and distinct commitment in the fight against hunger.

“A tribute to a person is always, fundamentally, an acknowledgment of the ideas and causes to which that person has devoted her or his life. In this case, this award belongs to rural development and the fight against hunger,” da Silva said at the ceremony.

“And so I can only say –the FAO chief added- that I share this award with all those who have also dedicated themselves to this work. In particular, to my teammates today at FAO, and those with whom I’ve worked in the past.”

In his remarks, da Silva stressed the importance of partnering with multiple stakeholders, including academia, to eradicate hunger and to promote sustainable agricultural development.

“We need your knowledge, your insight, your intellectual authority, your capacity identifying problems and ways to overcome them, and your capability to disseminate knowledge and technologies that must accompany the political will to end hunger and walk towards a sustainable world,” he said after receiving the award in Bucharest.

FAO Director-General concluded underlining that today’s challenges also require increasing social protection so that the most vulnerable “have minimal support as they develop their own productive capacities.”

José Graziano da Silva has worked on food security, rural development, and agriculture issues for over 35 years, most notably as the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme and now as FAO Director-General.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy and a Master's Degree in Rural Economics and Sociology from the University of São Paulo (USP), and a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He also has post-Doctorate Degrees in Latin American Studies (University College of London) and Environmental Studies (University of California, Santa Cruz).

See full biography here.