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Joint statement calls for urgent scale up of assistance

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today that there was still time to avoid food security crises in the Sahel, during a high level meeting convened by the World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss the situation in that region.

Drawing on lessons learned from the Horn of Africa, the Director-General said that we needed to assure that early warning led to early action, that a twin track approach be

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FAO’s new Director-General prioritizes Horn of Africa

“Long-awaited rains coupled with substantial agricultural inputs and the humanitarian response deployed in the last six months are the main reasons for this improvement,” FAO’s new Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a press conference in Nairobi after visiting southern Somalia.

“However, the crisis is not over. It can only be resolved with a combination of rains and continued, coordinated, long-term actions that build up the resilience of local populations

Building resilience to face droughts

Nairobi, Kenya. 1 February 2012. FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, and Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga, coincided on the need to build resilience so farmers and pastoralists are able to face the recurrent droughts that affect the Horn of Africa. 

“We cannot avoid droughts, but we can work to make its impact less severe on the rural communities,” said the Director-General of FAO after meeting

Food security and cooperation in the agenda

29 January 2012. Addis Ababa – FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, and the President of Djibouti, Ismael Omar Guelleh, discussed food security and cooperation in a side-meeting during the 18th African Union Summit. Graziano da Silva stated that the fight against hunger in the Horn of Africa was his top priority. Guelleh said that, in Djibouti, key areas for food security were fish farming, palm tree production and

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From Porto Alegre to Davos: Graziano da Silva also attended Thematic Social Forum

In just two days, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has gone from reaching out to members of social movements in South America to meeting in Europe with some of the globe’s most influential business figures and decision-makers.

Graziano da Silva is in Davos, Switzerland, to take part in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. He arrived in Davos immediately after attending the 2012 Thematic Social Forum