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FAO to provide technical assistance to Saudi Arabia’s national strategy targeting the pest

28 February 2018, Riyadh – Saudi Arabia will provide a new $2 million contribution to support FAO’s global efforts to eradicate Red Palm Weevil one of the world’s most invasive pest species.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abderrahman Al-Fadhli, made the announcement during a meeting with FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva in Riyadh on Monday.

The Red Palm Weevil destroys palm trees by eating them from the

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Timely aid through flexible funding can help farmers stay active, reducing overall humanitarian costs
26 February 2018, Riyadh - The international community needs to intervene more swiftly in humanitarian crises in ways that are also designed to support affected farmers, pastoralists, fishers and other food producers, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

"The international community has not been effective enough in its response to humanitarian crises. To improve results, we need to better combine humanitarian assistance with development
FAO and IOM leaders meet at First International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh

26 February 2018, Riyadh - FAO's Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met his counterpart William Lacy Swing, of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for discussions that focused on the close links between food insecurity and migration flows.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration are co-chairing the Global Migration Group (GMG) this year. They discussed the progress in the preparation for the Global

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FAO Director-General rallies African leaders to redouble efforts to build resilience, achieve Zero Hunger

22 February 2018, Khartoum - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today expressed optimism that the recent uptick in global hunger levels will be reversed and that Zero Hunger remains attainable - but added that doing so will hinge on boosting the resilience of communities in Africa, where current hunger trends are particularly worrying.

The most recent UN global report on world hunger found that,

President Kaboré meets FAO Director-General as Burkina Faso marks International Day of Pulses

18 February 2018, Ouagadougou – FAO Director–General José Graziano da Silva in a meeting with Burkina Faso President Roch M. C. Kaboré reaffirmed FAO’s commitment to assist the West African country with efforts to develop agriculture, particularly in the face of the increasing impact of climate change.

The FAO Director-General also stressed the need to urgently increase efforts aimed at resolving conflicts that are impacting negatively on pastoralists in the