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Mr. Graziano da Silva will be away from Rome on duty travels to the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva will be away from Rome during the next few weeks. During this period he will be involved in a range of activities taking place away from FAO Headquarters.

Initially, the Director-General will fly to Dili, Timor-Leste, for his first visit there since he took office. In Asia’s youngest country, he will launch the National Action Plan on the Zero Hunger Challenge - the first

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FAO Director-General meets Somalia’s Minister for Livestock, Forestry and Range

15 June 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Somalia’s Minister for Livestock, Forestry and Range, Salim Alio Ibro.

FAO Director-General and the Minister, who is visiting FAO in the framework of a mission to strengthen capacity building for Somali livestock professionals, discussed the livestock sector in Somalia, a dominant source of livelihood which contributes to more than 60 percent of the country’s GDP and

Carlson: “I will do my best to highlight the significant contribution that agriculture makes to global economy”

15 July 2015, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today appointed former president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), Robert L. Carlson, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) for North America.

“I am truly honored to accept this position,” said Carlson. “I will do my best to represent family farmers and ranchers throughout the world. I think it’s very important for people to

Strengthening policy work, key to enhancing investments in agriculture and agribusinesses in the region

15 July 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Suma Chakrabati.

Both emphasized the importance of strengthening policy work to enhance investments in agriculture and agribusiness throughout the region.

Graziano da Silva and Chakrabati noted the successful EastAgri 2014 meeting held in Belgrade in June, and welcomed the extension on its occasion of the FAO/EBRD

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“Food security is a key element of national security,” President Aliyev says

15 July 2014, Rome – The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, met today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at FAO headquarters in Rome.

With agriculture growing at a 6 percent in the first half of 2014, President Aliyev described the sector as “an important priority for the government and a tool contributing to job creation and the national GDP.”

Graziano da Silva and President Aliyev had

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