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Work continues towards the creation of a world center for sustainable food

4 April 2018, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Joan Ribó, the Mayor of Valencia, to further discussions on how to develop a joint plan to set up a World Center for Sustainable Food in the Spanish city.

The planned center, which FAO and municipal authorities have been intensely working on since signing a collaboration agreement in 2016, will promote healthy and sustainable foods, nutrition

Le Foll urges dialogue and action for a “doubly green revolution” in Key Note Address at Agroecology Symposium

3 April 2018, Rome – FAO Director-General today awarded former French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll with an FAO 70th Anniversary Medal in recognition of his untiring efforts to advance the cause of zero hunger.

At a meeting on the side-lines of the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium (Rome, 3-5 April), Graziano da Silva praised Le Foll’s work to boost agroecology in Europe and around the world.

The Symposium is focusing on

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124 million people in 51 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity, warns new report
22 March 2018, Rome - A new report out today sounds the alarm regarding surging levels of acute hunger. Some 124 million people in 51 countries were affected by acute food insecurity during 2017 — 11 million more people than the year before — according to the latest edition of the Global Report on Food Crises.

The report defines acute food insecurity as hunger so severe
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Renewed partnerships to strengthen cooperation for the date palm value chain

19 March 2018, Abu Dhabi - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today reaffirmed its support to date palm production and development in the Near East region, including tackling the threat of Red Palm Weevil and improving the date palm value chain.

"More than ever, regional and international cooperation is needed to promote knowledge sharing, and to mobilize the necessary funding to support date

Graziano da Silva welcomes UN chief Antonio Guterres to FAO and hails his commitment to zero hunger and focus on conflict prevention and climate change

15 March 2018, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his commitment to the goal of eradicating hunger and focus on the challenges caused by civil conflict and climate change.

In a bilateral meeting during the Secretary General’s first visit to FAO Headquarters since he took office in January 2017, Graziano da Silva informed Guterres that conflict and insecurity continue to be