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Former Director-General to assist in FAO’s efforts to promote food security and resilience

12 November 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today appointed Jacques Diouf as Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.

In his new role, the former Director-General Jacques Diouf will focus on strengthening political commitment and advocating for the need of greater investments to improve food security and resilience in the region as well as helping to secure investments to that end.  

His appointment

FAO Director-General and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of ICN2

11 November, 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Gennady Gatilov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

During the meeting, the Director General and the Deputy Minister both emphasized the role of nutrition in human development and the importance of the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), taking place in Rome, 19-21 November.

The Director-General thanked the Russian Government for political and financial

President of Ghana stresses the need to increase investments in agriculture

11 November 2014, Rome – Political leadership is critical in the fight against hunger, President of the Republic of Ghana John Dramani Mahama said today at FAO following a meeting with its Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

“Food security is a challenge for many countries and once we came together as a world to set specific targets to reduce hunger and malnutrition by 2015, the political leadership of Ghana from

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Filipino farmers bounce back and build resilient livelihoods

7 November 2014, Rome/ Tacloban - One year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated coastal and farmland areas in the central Philippines, farmers and fishers are well on the road to recovery and building more resilient livelihoods.

FAO, in close collaboration with the government of the Philippines, is reaching out to communities in severely affected areas through some 22 projects across the MIMAROPA, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions.


“I hope the Second International Conference on Nutrition action programme is implemented as soon as possible” - Hoogeveen

7 November 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the Vice Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands, Hans Hoogeveen.  

“I hope this will be a very successful conference and that the action programme that hopefully will be approved is implemented as soon as possible, because we need not only food security, but also good nutrition,” Vice Minister Hoogeveen said regarding the upcoming Second International