The decision was reached at a meeting between the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, and former Brazilian President
20 November 2012, Rome, Italy – Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Boni Yayi, President of Benin and Chairperson of the African Union today.
Talks covered South-South Cooperation involving cotton, rice and maize cultivation, national and regional security and food security in Africa, youth employment, transport and communication infrastructure, the use of Benin food surpluses to feed neighbouring countries suffering food shortages, and Benin’s long-term vision for its agricultural sector.
19 November 2012, Rome, Italy – Director-General José Graziano da Silva met UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan today.
Talks covered progress being made in 2012 to transform FAO’s performance and impact. The changes they discussed heighten the emphasis on delivering results within countries, focusing the work on fewer and cross-cutting strategic objectives, strengthening FAO’s presence and capacity in the decentralized locations and finally, streamlining administrative processes
The two-day conference brings together government, academia, development agencies and banks, civil society and the private sector
The Deputy Minister welcomed the transformational change of the Organization being implemented under the Director-General and pledged his country's continued support to FAO reform.
Russia, which will be presiding over the G-20 in 2013 and the G-8 in 2014, is committed to keeping