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Country requests the Organization’s help in strengthening smallholders

14 June 2017, Rome - Meeting today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Paraguay’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Juan Carlos Baruja, requested the Organization’s help in strengthening smallholders in his country’s export-oriented farm sector.

Paraguay, with a population of seven million people, produces food for 10 times as many people in the world, especially cereals and meat, the minister noted.

“Smallholders account for around 250,000 farms and around a million

FAO Director-General: "Peace is the most fundamental element to putting an end to this humanitarian crisis"

12 June 2017, Rome - Heartbreaking. Devastating. Appalling. With famine declared in parts of South Sudan and its shadow looming large over Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, these were a few of the words used to describe the unfolding humanitarian crises in the four countries fighting famine.

To draw attention to the complexities of these emergencies and intensify calls for increased resources for response, the World

FAO Director-General meets Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management

12 June 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia B. Seruiratu, to discuss preparations for the next Conference of Parties of the UN Climate Agreement (COP23) that will take place in Germany in November under the country’s presidency.

“Agriculture will feature prominently in the Climate Action Agenda for COP23 and FAO plays a significant

FAO Director-General introduces report on food insecurity in conflict-affected countries

9 June 2017, New York - In a meeting with the United Nations Security Council President, Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz of Bolivia, FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva has introduced an updated version of a joint FAO and World Food Programme (WFP) report on the monitoring of food insecurity in conflict-affected crisis.

Ambassador Llorentty Solíz described the report as "an invaluable tool" which will keep the UN Security Council updated on the

In talks with Rural Affairs Minister FAO Director-General hails the country’s commitment with sustainable fisheries

8 June 2017, New York – The Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Sven Erik Bucht, today announced officially Sweden’s contribution of $5.4 million to FAO to combat IUU fishing in a meeting with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva.

“IUU fishing activities are a threat to marine life and impede the development and prosperity of vulnerable countries and must be completely stopped,” he said.

The meeting took place on the margins