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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

FAO Director-General awared in Albania

9 December 2015 Tirana, Albania - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was awarded today with an honorary doctorate degree –“Honoris Causa”- by the Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania, for his achievements and distinct commitment in the development of Albanian agriculture.

Participating in the ceremony were university rector Fatos Harizaj, Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti, FAO Assistant Representative in Albania Arben Kipi, and numerous university faculty and officials.

“The Honoris Causa honorary

New 4-year agreement to better track progress on nutrition and food security

4 December 2015, Rome -- FAO and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are embarking on a four-year partnership to improve diets, strengthen agricultural research to combat hunger, and track international progress toward more food security and better nutrition.  

More specifically, the two agencies will collaborate on important areas such as policy guidelines for healthy diets and to develop a diet-diversity index.

Drawing on IFPRI’s strength in research and FAO’s

With a Permanent Representative in Brussels and a Rome-based delegate, more active participation at FAO is expected

4 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva and Samoa’s Minister of Agriculture, Le Mamea Ropati, celebrated the strengthening of the mutual relations as the first Permanent Representative of Samoa to FAO, Ambassador Fatumanava III Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, presented his credentials.

Following the ceremony on the sidelines of the 153rd session of the FAO Council, Ambassador Luteru, who is based in Brussels, appointed his Alternate Permanent Representative,