Dhaka, 20 March 2012 - FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, visited Bangladesh from 18 to 20 March, in his first official visit to the country.
The Director-General met the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and reassured her of FAO’s increased support to Bangladesh, especially in achieving comprehensive food security, improving nutrition and food safety, and combating avian influenza.
Graziano da Silva also met with the ministers of Foreign Relations, Finance, Agriculture,
In a statement to the Regional Conference, Director-General José Graziano da Silva presented global and regional challenges related to food security and sustainable agriculture and said that FAO needed to better adapt itself to a changing global environment to deliver on its founders’ vision of a world free from want.
“I am confident that we can gain ground rapidly in the fight against hunger”, said Graziano da Silva, adding that
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva congratulated the participants of the CFS-led negotiations on a "milestone achievement," adding: "The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security will play an important part in answering the challenge of ending hunger and assuring food security of every child, woman and man in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way."
“We need to act to prevent further deterioration of the food security situation and to avoid a full-scale food and nutrition crisis,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.
At least 15 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity in the Sahel. The looming crisis is due to a combination of factors, including drought; sharp declines in cereal production and high grain prices; a
FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva announced the new policy as he took part in this year’s International Women’s Day event, held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
“FAO's gender policy underscores the Organization’s commitment to addressing gender and women’s issues to eradicate hunger and poverty,” said Graziano da Silva.