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I recently visited the country and had a fruitful meeting with President Varela, who made a single and important request

By José Graziano da Silva

Panama has all the tools and conditions to eradicate hunger by 2030. It has a solid economy, extraordinary natural wealth and more than two million hectares of productive farmland.

Despite those assets, around 400,000 Panamanian men and women, almost 10 percent of the population, suffer from hunger. The situation is even worse among children with less than five years and among the country’s indigenous populations, which

Graziano da Silva’s visit leads to four new cooperation agreements and a regional alliance against hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty

19 July 2017, Panama – During his visit to Panama, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva signed four cooperation agreements aimed at accelerating the eradication of hunger, and established an alliance with a regional organization geared to reducing poverty and malnutrition around Central America. 

“Panama has showed commitment at the highest level to eradicate hunger and achieve the goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030,” Graziano

By FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva

The 40th session of the FAO-WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is responsible for setting international food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair food trade practices, kicked off on Monday, but the topic of food safety was also a recurrent, cross-cutting theme during my meetings in Geneva last week.

Together with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, we launched a very significant FAO-WTO study

Minister Hussein: “Agriculture is the backbone of Somalia’s economy and livelihoods”

13 July 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Somalia’s Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Said Hussein lid, for talks on joint cooperation to support agriculture and rural development.

“We have had a very good discussion on the cooperation between FAO and Somalia,” the Minister said in remarks following the meeting. “We continue to have a very professional relationship with FAO. Our discussion was focused on how

Graziano da Silva and Roberto Azevêdo participate at the launch of new joint publication

12 July 2017, Geneva - The chiefs of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) today held bilateral talks and participated in the launch of the joint publication Trade and Food Standards, which offers a concise explanation on how international food standards are set and applied.

The publication advocates for deeper involvement by developing countries in both the harmonized food standard setting processes in