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Italy announces 5 million euro additional donation to support FAO’s work against hunger in the region

19 May 2017, Rome — FAO and the Istituto Italo-Latino Americano (IILA) are joining forces to bolster food security, agriculture and rural development in Latin America. 

An agreement signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and IILA Secretary-General Donato di Santo, establishes the base for future knowledge exchange and rolling out joint activities for the next five years.

IILA is a Rome-based international Organization counting Italy and 20

Graziano da Silva highlights date palm nutritional benefits and contribution to ecosystems

15 May 2017, Abu Dhabi - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva today participated in the annual “Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation” ceremony held in Abu Dhabi, where he praised the Emirates' role in research and conservation efforts. 

Graziano da Silva noted that hroughout the region, date palm is valued for its nutritional benefits, contributions to ecosystems and role in preserving traditional knowledge.

 

Talks at the 2017 Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation

15 May 2017, Abu Dhabi - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva today met UAE's Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, during the 2017 Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, established in 2007 with the aim to boost the scientific development in the date palm sector. 

 

Talks focus on food security challenges in conflict-hit and water scarce region

15 May 2017, Abu Dhabi - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva  today met  FAO's Zero Hunger Goodwill Ambassador for the Near East and North Africa (NENA), Darine El Khatib, for talks that focused on the food security challenges facing the region.

The discussion took place on the sidelines of the 9th session of the “Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation”ceremony held in Abu Dhabi.

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Discussions on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

14 May 2017, Beijing - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva today met China's Agriculture Minister Han Changfu on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which focuses on expanding development and trade links between Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.

FAO Director-General said the Belt and Road initiative can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, provided it addresses the needs of millions of