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Support to SIDS and sustainable fisheries, prominent in talks ahead of Ocean Conference

5 May 2017, Rome - Ways in which the upcoming Ocean Conference can help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) tackle challenges ranging from a high rate of obesity to climate change threats, were prominent in talks between FAO Director-General and the UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson today.

In his second visit to the organization, Peter Thomson congratulated FAO for the “major contribution” provided during preparations for the

Country reaffirms commitment with sustainable fisheries

4 May 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Thailand's Permanent Representative to the UN Rome-based agencies, Sompong Nimchuar, on the occasion of the handover ceremony of the instrument of accession to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA). 

The objectives of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) are to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the area of

Focus on close links between food insecurity and migration

2 May 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met the United Nations University (UNU) Rector, Dr David Malone for discussions that focused on the close links between food insecurity and migration flows. 

The UNU is the current chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG), and FAO has been nominated to take over the role next year with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  The GMG is

Increased funding needed to promote agriculture as an integral part of the humanitarian response

25 April 2017, Geneva – FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva today met Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghr, for talks on FAO’s support to the country to deliver emergency livelihood assistance and kick-start food production, especially when resources pledged to tackle the crisis are concretely made available.

The meeting took place at a United Nations High-Level Pledging conference for Yemen where FAO’s Director-General stressed that an

Discussions on the sidelines of FAO's Council

24 April 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Zambia's Minister of Agriculture, Dora Siliya, in Rome to attend FAO's Council which convenes between sessions of the main Conference to provide advice and oversight related to programmatic and budgetary matters.

"All the agriculture activities are dependant on the farmer having reasonable income to look after themselves to get out of poverty and that means there must be