15 June 2012, Rome - FAO's governing Council has endorsed Director-General José Graziano da Silva's reform proposals to regenerate the Organization by reallocating budgetary savings to strengthen country offices, increase strategic planning capacity and provide resources for interdisciplinary work.
"I feel there is a real engagement of countries and other partners in what is becoming a truly collective process to build a better Organization," Graziano da Silva told the Council's
14 June 2012, Rome – Agriculture’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels is undermining the sector’s ability to feed the world, perpetuating poverty and undermining efforts to build a more sustainable world economy, FAO said today.
The warning came as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released a study on “energy-smart” food production and use ahead of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, where global energy challenges
Rome, June 14, 2012 - The Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, met with Pope Benedict XVI today in a private audience at the Vatican. "Ending hunger makes political, economic and social sense, and is also a moral imperative," Graziano da Silva told the pontiff.
The Director-General called for the "renewed support of the Church in the fight against hunger at the global and local levels, as
Rome, 11 June 2012 - Evo Morales, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, was appointed Special Ambassador to FAO for the International Year of Quinoa, to be observed by the United Nations in 2013.
The ceremony took place today in Rome during the opening of FAO's governing Council. President Morales also held a bilateral meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, and attended a special
11 June 2012, Rome - The internationally agreed target of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016 will be missed if countries don't step up their efforts to combat child labour in agriculture, FAO warned today ahead of the World Day against Child Labour (12 June 2012).
Worldwide 215 million children are child labourers, of whom around 130 million boys and girls between 5 and 17 work