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"Drought has emerged as a challenge that all countries will be forced to face, again and again"

19 June 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General today met John Mutorwa, Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry of Namibia, who said that in these times of climate change, drought has emerged as a challenge that all countries will be forced to face, again and again.

"It is not a question of whether drought will come, it is a question of: Drought will come, and therefore, we have to

Photo: ©FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico.
Focus is on saving lives and livelihoods to sustain peace and tackle hunger

14 June 2017, Rome - The African Union (AU) and FAO will seek to step up joint efforts to end hunger and sustain peace  in the continent say FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko .

In a meeting on Tuesday, Graziano da Silva and Commissioner Sacko underscored conflicts as a common denominator in areas facing food crises in

Country requests the Organization’s help in strengthening smallholders

14 June 2017, Rome - Meeting today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Paraguay’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Juan Carlos Baruja, requested the Organization’s help in strengthening smallholders in his country’s export-oriented farm sector.

Paraguay, with a population of seven million people, produces food for 10 times as many people in the world, especially cereals and meat, the minister noted.

“Smallholders account for around 250,000 farms and around a million

FAO Director-General: "Peace is the most fundamental element to putting an end to this humanitarian crisis"

12 June 2017, Rome - Heartbreaking. Devastating. Appalling. With famine declared in parts of South Sudan and its shadow looming large over Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, these were a few of the words used to describe the unfolding humanitarian crises in the four countries fighting famine.

To draw attention to the complexities of these emergencies and intensify calls for increased resources for response, the World

FAO Director-General meets Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management

12 June 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia B. Seruiratu, to discuss preparations for the next Conference of Parties of the UN Climate Agreement (COP23) that will take place in Germany in November under the country’s presidency.

“Agriculture will feature prominently in the Climate Action Agenda for COP23 and FAO plays a significant