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Meeting with Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

19 February 2016, Rome – Ongoing conflicts in the Sahel region leave millions of vulnerable people facing hunger and malnutrition, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh at a meeting in Rome.

Graziano da Silva congratulated the new government, appointed last November after months of painstaking negotiations, and commended their efforts to stabilize the region. He also highlighted their will to

Talks with FAO Director General

18 February 2016, Rome – An international agreement to combat illegal fishing which a growing number of countries are ratifying focused today’s meeting between FAO Director-General and Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett, in Rome this week.

“We need to combat illegal fishing and ensure that, by ratifying the agreement, Kenya becomes part of the global movement against this burden,” Bett said in remarks after

Nation’s agriculture sector, key development priority

17 February 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised the first 100 days of Tanzania’s new government for prioritizing the nation’s agricultural sector as a key development priority.

Agriculture is the main activity of most of the country’s population and its development is the main means of reducing rural poverty and helping the country achieve middle-income status by 2025, he said in a meeting with

Lancement d’un nouveau programme de développement au Burkina Faso

17 février 2016, Rome--- Le Directeur général de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, s’est entretenu avec M. Jacob Ouédraogo, Ministre de l’agriculture et de l’aménagement hydraulique du Burkina Faso, en marge du symposium international sur «Le rôle des biotechnologies agricoles dans les systèmes alimentaires durables et la nutrition» qui se tient du 15 au 17 février au siège de l’Organisation, à Rome.

M. Graziano da Silva a fait part

Focus on El Niño effects

17 February 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano Da Silva met with Mapalesa Mothokho, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The Minister thanked FAO for the continuous support provided in the field of crops, livestock and food security, including in response to the 2012/13 emergency crisis.

The Director-General recognised the fact that current vulnerabilities caused by adverse geography, climate change, HIV/AIDS are now further exacerbated