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30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia, on the sidelines of the African Union Summit. 

The leaders discussed the International Year of Family Farming, a special interest of Sata, and the Zambian President spoke of his wish for Zambia to become an example for the promotion of smallholder farmers. 

Graziano da Silva and Sata discussed the reorganization of

30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Ato Tefera Derebew, Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture, today discussed the implementation of a road map for Ethiopia adopted at the High-Level Meeting on food security in Addis Ababa in July 2013.

The two leaders discussed the rationale of the joint partnership between the African Union Commission, FAO and Brazil’s Lula Institute – the three organizers of the

30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva congratulated President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on the country’s Fetsa Tlala (Defeat Hunger) Integrated Food Production Initiative when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the African Union Summit. 

The initiative was approved by the South African Cabinet as the national food security programme with a target to plant at least one million hectares of land.

30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director- General José Graziano da Silva congratulated President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali on his successful election as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the African Union Summit today. 

The Director-General and President Keïta discussed the newly approved $2 million project from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund that will support job creation in rural areas in Mali.

The President thanked the Director-General

30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), on the sidelines of the African Union Summit. 

Graziano da Silva and Maalim discussed the importance of building institutions for better support to farmers and pastoralists. In this regard, the leaders spoke of a platform IGAD created to encourage exchange of information, innovation and best