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Graziano da Silva thanks the Government for its continuous support to FAO's work

12 May 2017, Tokyo - Graziano da Silva today thanked the Government of Japan for its continuous support to FAO's work at a meeting with Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida. 

Japan is the second contributor to FAO’s Regular Budget and one of the ten greatest providers of extrabudgetary resources.

During a week-long official visit to the country, Graziano da Silva highlighted the Japanese example as a global

New agreement aims to facilitate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

12 May 2017, Tokyo – FAO and Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are strengthening cooperation towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a strong focus on a food and nutrition security and support for sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

The enhanced partnership between FAO and JICA also seeks to promote South-South and Triangular Cooperation schemes.

An agreement signed today in Tokyo by FAO Director-General Jose

Graziano da Silva: The Nagara River System is a virtuous cycle of local development and healthy diets

11 May 2017, Gifu City – Ayu fish, but also ayu sweets, and ayu soy sauce, rice, cookies, water and even an ayu-style tablecloth. The ayu fish and references to the clean waters of the Nagara River are everywhere in Gifu, one of eight sites in Japan designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva visited Gifu on Thursday where he witnessed

FAO Director-General attends launch of Parliamentarian Friendship League in Japan

10 May 2017, Tokyo - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today exchanged views with over 40 parliamentarians who have joined the Parliamentarian Friendship League in Japan. The League is chaired by the country’s former Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi.

“FAO looks forward to working with the League to promote nutritious food including in neighbouring countries and regions," Graziano da Silva said, noting the role of parliamentarians

Graziano da Silva: Migration should be a choice and not a desperate decision for survival

10 May 2017, Tokyo - Migration should be an informed and voluntary choice and not a desperate decision or last resort for survival, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, noting the close linkages between migration flows and agriculture and rural development.

“In countries and rural areas of origin, many rural youth migrate because of the unattractiveness of low-productivity agriculture. As a result, rural areas lose the most vital