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Minister Zeaiter: "One third of the countries in the Near East and North Africa are home to or witness to conflicts"

10 May 2018, Rome - Graziano da Silva today met FAO's Regional Conference for the Near East Chair, Ghazi Zeaiter, Minister for Agriculture of the Lebanese Republic, who called for a peaceful solution to the crises in the region. 

Conflict has increased food insecurity in the Near East and to reverse this situation it is crucial to strengthen the resilience of poor, rural communities.

“One third of the countries in the

Graziano da Silva reaffirms support for UAE date palm production, developing agriculture in a harsh climate

9 May 2018, Rome - FAO Director-General Jose’ Graziano da Silva today praised the visionary leadership support for sustainable agriculture  of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emerites, whose work laid the foundation for his country’s efforts to cope with the challenges of producing food in an often harsh desert climate possessing limited soil and water resourcesl..

In 1946, the UAE’s founding father launched an innovative

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Institutions designed to boost food availability too often favour unhealthy foods, FAO’s Director-General says

08 May, 2018, Rome - Global trade in food is essential for all countries, but the world's trade and regulation rulebook needs to be rebooted with an eye to bolstering trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

Facilitating the export of commodities to feed the world was a postwar imperative whose relevance has changed as "commodities

Talks on the margins of FAO's regional conference

11 May 2018, Rome - FAO chief José Graziano da Silva today held talks talks on joint cooperation with Tunisia's Minister for Agriculture Samir Taieb, who was in Rome to attend the Organization's Near East Regional Conference. 

Award acknowledges FAO’s work including in areas of protracted crises

11 May 2018, Rome – In recognition of leading FAO’s efforts to combat hunger, Director-General José Graziano da Silva has been awarded the Order of the Two Niles of the First Class by the Government of the Sudan.

Abdullatif Ajimi, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forests, said that the prestigious honour had been bestowed upon Graziano da Silva in particular for his efforts to advance Sudan’s cooperation with FAO throughout