21 March, 2013, Rome - On the first International Day of Forests, celebrated by the United Nations today, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva proposed that countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target in the context of the post-2015 debate.
"In many countries, illegal deforestation is degrading ecosystems, diminishing water availability and limiting the supply of fuelwood - all of which reduce food security, especially for
21 March 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands met to discuss ways to support poor rural families in fighting hunger and extreme poverty by improving their access to financial services.
Princess Máxima visited Rome in her capacity of UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. She met with Graziano da Silva before the two took part in a
20 March 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed the First Lady and Secretary of Social Inclusion of El Salvador, Vanda Pignata, to headquarters in Rome, where the two discussed the urgency of empowering women as key to food security, fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion.
Pignata has led a drive for transformational change by involving women and other marginalized groups in society.
FAO is supporting the
20 March 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mizengo Pinda, to Rome headquarters today. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of involving the private sector and other actors as key to continuing the country’s development through agriculture.
“Poverty is still a big issue in Tanzania, and we believe that agriculture is the answer to this problem,” Pinda said.