30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva congratulated President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on the country’s Fetsa Tlala (Defeat Hunger) Integrated Food Production Initiative when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the African Union Summit.
The initiative was approved by the South African Cabinet as the national food security programme with a target to plant at least one million hectares of land.
30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director- General José Graziano da Silva congratulated President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali on his successful election as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the African Union Summit today.
The Director-General and President Keïta discussed the newly approved $2 million project from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund that will support job creation in rural areas in Mali.
The President thanked the Director-General
30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), on the sidelines of the African Union Summit.
Graziano da Silva and Maalim discussed the importance of building institutions for better support to farmers and pastoralists. In this regard, the leaders spoke of a platform IGAD created to encourage exchange of information, innovation and best
30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director- General José Graziano da Silva welcomed today the strong commitment by the leaders of Latin American and Caribbean states to continue efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty in the region.
"Once again, Latin American and Caribbean leaders have expressed their willingness to continue irrevocable progress in eradicating hunger and poverty while maintaining their commitment to their nation’s sustainable development,"
30 January, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Her Excellency Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union, and discussed the commitment of African leaders to eradicate hunger by 2025.
Peace warmly thanked FAO for its support since the very beginning of the journey, which began with the High Level Meeting on food security organized in Addis Ababa in