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FAO chief also confirms ex-Brazil President Lula will deliver memorial lecture during June 2015 FAO Conference

5 December 2014, Rome – At the closure of the FAO Council held today, the agency’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva urged Members Countries to step up efforts to implement food security and other programmes during the next six months – a period which marks the remaining time of his mandate.

“2014 is coming to an end, meaning that three years of my mandate will be completed. Over the next

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Spotlight turns to humanity’s silent ally and the risks it faces
4 December 2014, Rome - Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important "silent ally," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on the eve of World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December.

Healthy soils not only are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and medical products, but also are essential to our
70 percent of the country’s population depends on agriculture and fisheries

4 December 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with SAMOA’s Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, in Rome to attend the 150th FAO Council.

FAO Director-General praised the Government of Samoa for hosting the FAO Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands (SAP) and for Samoa’s active support and cooperation in ensuring the success of FAOs activities in the country and region.

“FAO has given

Talks with FAO Director-General focus on Mozambique’s food production and nutrition policies

4 December 2014, Rome –The food security and nutrition challenges facing Mozambique and how to address them topped discussions today between the country’s President Armando Guebuza andFAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva during a meeting at the agency’s Rome headquarters.

According to President Guebuza, Mozambique must not only raise food production to cope with  an increase in demand from its population, but must also help persuade the country’s citizens to

At the margins of the Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Agriculture

28 November 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Secretary General of the Minister of Agriculture of Estonia, Ants Noot.

The meeting took place in Palermo at the margins of the two-day Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Agriculture organized by the Italian EU Presidency and offered the chance to thank the Secretary General for the continuous support Estonia is providing to the work of FAO. “We look forward to