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By FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva

The 40th session of the FAO-WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is responsible for setting international food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair food trade practices, kicked off on Monday, but the topic of food safety was also a recurrent, cross-cutting theme during my meetings in Geneva last week.

Together with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, we launched a very significant FAO-WTO study

Minister Hussein: “Agriculture is the backbone of Somalia’s economy and livelihoods”

13 July 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Somalia’s Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Said Hussein lid, for talks on joint cooperation to support agriculture and rural development.

“We have had a very good discussion on the cooperation between FAO and Somalia,” the Minister said in remarks following the meeting. “We continue to have a very professional relationship with FAO. Our discussion was focused on how

Graziano da Silva and Roberto Azevêdo participate at the launch of new joint publication

12 July 2017, Geneva - The chiefs of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) today held bilateral talks and participated in the launch of the joint publication Trade and Food Standards, which offers a concise explanation on how international food standards are set and applied.

The publication advocates for deeper involvement by developing countries in both the harmonized food standard setting processes in

Graziano da Silva and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hold bilateral talks, brief UN Security Council on Yemen

12 July 2017, Geneva – José Graziano da Silva today met the World Health Organization Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for bilateral talks on joint cooperation between the two organizations.

Graziano da Silva congratulated the new WHO Director-General for his election and emphasized the excellent collaboration that has always existed between FAO and WHO in a wide range of areas, including nutrition, animal health and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  

Food security and

Rebuilding Haiti’s agricultural sector, a priority for the new Government

7 July 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva held talks with Haiti’s Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Carmel André Belliard, who was in Rome to attend the Organization’s 40th Conference (3-8 July 2017).

“Rebuilding the agricultural sector and restoring livelihoods is a key priority for the new Government,” said the Minister in his remarks following the meeting.  

FAO and Haiti have a long history