Home > About FAO > Who we are > Director-General > News

News Archive

Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano
New agreement between FAO and the most representative movement of small producers

4 October 2013, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and General Coordinator of La Via Campesina  Elizabeth Mpofu  today formalized an institutional framework for the relationship between the two organizations and defined proposals of collaboration in areas of common interest.

The agreement marks a milestone in the relationship between FAO and civil society organizations, as La Via Campesina is the movement that brings together the largest

Photo: ©FAO/Olivier Asselin
842 million people undernourished in 2011-13 - Developing countries make progress but more efforts needed to reach MDG target

1 October 2013, Rome - Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives according to a report released by the UN food agencies.

The number is down from 868 million reported for the 2010-12 period, according to the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2013), published every year by

Director-General attends ministerial meeting of IGAD Partners Forum

26 September 2013, New York, USA - Food security is an “essential foundation” for securing “enduring peace, stability, and prosperity” in Somalia, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, at a Thursday ministerial meeting of the east African-based Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Partners Forum in New York.

Co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Italy, the IGAD Partners Forum brought together leading Somali, regional, and international actors to UN

Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano
Conserving, breeding and sharing plant varieties key to resilience and sustainability

24 September 2013, Muscat, Oman - The government of Norway has pledged $23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize.

"In just ten years we will have a billion more people at the global dinner table, but during that

Photo: ©UN

September 23: Speaking at Monday's UN Inter-Agency meeting on Inclusive Finance for Development, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva underlined the importance of ensuring that small-scale farmers have access to financial products and services, which serve as a "driving force for long-lasting and sustainable development and increased food security", he said. The Inter-Agency Meeting was convened by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands - in her role as the UN