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10.2 million food insecure after major crop failure, livestock losses due to El Niño

15 January 2016, Rome - The strongest El Niño weather episode in the last several decades has caused repeated crop failure, decimated livestock herds and driven some 10.2 million people across Ethiopia into food insecurity, FAO reported today as it presented its emergency response plan to urgently protect livestock and rebuild crop production in the Horn of Africa nation.

"The outlook for 2016 is very grim," said

FAO Director-General meets Iranian Parliamentarians

18 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met a group of Iranian lawmakers for talks that focused on the fundamental role of Parliaments in ensuring the broad consensus, sustained political will, adequate budget allocation and effective accountability needed to ensure the Right to Food by all.

Graziano da Silva welcomed the delegation and highlighted the excellent historical relation of FAO with the Islamic Republic of

FAO DG and German agriculture minister discuss Middle East resilience, fisheries and COP21

15 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Germany’s Minister for Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, for talks that focused on the close linkages between nutrition and food security and global security in the context of escalating conflicts and growing migration.

Amidst growing concerns about further worsening food security situation largely due to massively declining food production in Syria, the Minister said Germany is looking

Abdelouahab Zaid receives title for outstanding work in date protection and production and sustainable agriculture

15 December 2015, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today appointed Professor Abdelouahab Zaid as FAO Goodwill Ambassador for in the United Arab Emirates, in recognition of his outstanding work in the area of date palm production and protection as well as his support for the sustainable development of the Emirates’ agricultural sector.

Professor Zaid has worked extensively in the field of date palm propagation and production. FAO

New office to focus on support to farmers, climate change and natural resource conservation, statistics, veterinary reform and food safety

10 December 2015, Tirana, Albania FAO’s newly established office in Albania was inaugurated today, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti and FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. The office – FAO’s first on the Balkans – will coordinate FAO projects in national priority areas such as support to farmers, climate change and natural resource conservation, statistics, veterinary reform and food safety.

During his two-day visit to