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Graziano da Silva: The Nagara River System is a virtuous cycle of local development and healthy diets

11 May 2017, Gifu City – Ayu fish, but also ayu sweets, and ayu soy sauce, rice, cookies, water and even an ayu-style tablecloth. The ayu fish and references to the clean waters of the Nagara River are everywhere in Gifu, one of eight sites in Japan designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva visited Gifu on Thursday where he witnessed

FAO Director-General attends launch of Parliamentarian Friendship League in Japan

10 May 2017, Tokyo - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today exchanged views with over 40 parliamentarians who have joined the Parliamentarian Friendship League in Japan. The League is chaired by the country’s former Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi.

“FAO looks forward to working with the League to promote nutritious food including in neighbouring countries and regions," Graziano da Silva said, noting the role of parliamentarians

Graziano da Silva: Migration should be a choice and not a desperate decision for survival

10 May 2017, Tokyo - Migration should be an informed and voluntary choice and not a desperate decision or last resort for survival, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, noting the close linkages between migration flows and agriculture and rural development.

“In countries and rural areas of origin, many rural youth migrate because of the unattractiveness of low-productivity agriculture. As a result, rural areas lose the most vital

Support to SIDS and sustainable fisheries, prominent in talks ahead of Ocean Conference

5 May 2017, Rome - Ways in which the upcoming Ocean Conference can help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) tackle challenges ranging from a high rate of obesity to climate change threats, were prominent in talks between FAO Director-General and the UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson today.

In his second visit to the organization, Peter Thomson congratulated FAO for the “major contribution” provided during preparations for the

Country reaffirms commitment with sustainable fisheries

4 May 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Thailand's Permanent Representative to the UN Rome-based agencies, Sompong Nimchuar, on the occasion of the handover ceremony of the instrument of accession to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA). 

The objectives of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) are to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the area of