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Building resilience to face droughts

Nairobi, Kenya. 1 February 2012. FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, and Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga, coincided on the need to build resilience so farmers and pastoralists are able to face the recurrent droughts that affect the Horn of Africa. 

“We cannot avoid droughts, but we can work to make its impact less severe on the rural communities,” said the Director-General of FAO after meeting

Food security and cooperation in the agenda

29 January 2012. Addis Ababa – FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, and the President of Djibouti, Ismael Omar Guelleh, discussed food security and cooperation in a side-meeting during the 18th African Union Summit. Graziano da Silva stated that the fight against hunger in the Horn of Africa was his top priority. Guelleh said that, in Djibouti, key areas for food security were fish farming, palm tree production and

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From Porto Alegre to Davos: Graziano da Silva also attended Thematic Social Forum

In just two days, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has gone from reaching out to members of social movements in South America to meeting in Europe with some of the globe’s most influential business figures and decision-makers.

Graziano da Silva is in Davos, Switzerland, to take part in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. He arrived in Davos immediately after attending the 2012 Thematic Social Forum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Graziano da Silva met in Berlin on Friday, 20 January, to discuss global food security issues, FAO’s work and how to strengthen cooperation.

During their meeting the two agreed that ensuring global food security is one of the biggest challenges facing the international community today, in particular given climate change.

Merkel told Graziano da Silva that Germany supports FAO in its efforts to efficiently fight hunger

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Support to poorest countries to be scaled up

3 January 2012, Rome- Two days after taking over, FAO's new Director-General José Graziano da Silva told his inaugural press conference that the total elimination of hunger and undernourishment from the world will be his top priority.

Graziano da Silva told journalists that with a term in office of only three and a half years there was no time to lose. FAO would begin by scaling up its support to a