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Better opportunities for women and girls means leverage in fight against hunger

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.

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José Graziano da Silva meets with Belgian Ambassador Vincent Mertens de Wilmars
6 March 2012, Rome - Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised Belgium’s new cooperation programme when he met with the country’s ambassador and permanent representative to FAO H.E. Vincent Mertens de Wilmars in Rome.

Graziano da Silva said he was especially impressed by the approach of delegated cooperation, negotiated directly by FAO at country level with the Belgian Embassies– a process recently begun in the Democratic Republic of
Catania and Graziano da Silva discuss stepping up cooperation

06 March, 2012, Rome - Italian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy, Mario Catania welcomed FAO’s new Director-General José Graziano da Silva during their first official meeting on 6 March 2012.

Graziano da Silva outlined his programme for FAO’s future work, including the renewed attention to increasing world food production as a crucial pathway to eliminating hunger, a geographic priority in Africa and the need of decentralization for a

Graziano da Silva and Alemanno discuss opening up FAO to the Roman community

2 March 2012, Rome – Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, to FAO Headquarters.

The Director-General and the Mayor discussed ways in which FAO could be more active in the Roman community, including opening up the Organization to visits from local schools, universities and other institutions.

In a symbolic gesture to open up the Organization to the city, Graziano da Silva gave Alemanno a permanent building

FAO Director-General presents global challenges and regional priorities; we can gain ground rapidly against hunger, he adds.

15 March 2012, Hanoi - The Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said today that Viet Nam was ready to share its experience and “cooperate with other countries in the cause of agriculture and rural development.”

The Prime Minister offered Viet Nam’s South-South Cooperation during the ministerial session of FAO’s 31st FAO Regional Conference for the Asia and Pacific. The event, attended by high level delegations from Asian and Pacific