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Challenge is to transform vision into reality, Director-General says

31 January 2014, Addis Ababa/Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed a breakthrough commitment by African heads of state to end hunger on the continent by 2025.

“This is the first time in history that African leaders have made such a strong pledge to eliminate hunger and it is also a show of confidence that, working together, we can win the fight against hunger in

31 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for the country’s long-standing cooperation and support for FAO’s work programme as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the African Union Summit.

Graziano da Silva congratulated Desalegn on his tenure and excellent work done as Chair of the African Union for the year 2013.

The two principals discussed the progress of

31 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva congratulated the government of Malawi on the outstanding commitment of President Joyce Banda to eradicating hunger as he met with Vice President Khumbo Kachali on the sidelines of the African Union Summit.

The Director-General praised Malawi again for having reached the first Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of hungry people in the country ahead of the

30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck today thanked FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva for the award FAO gave to Nigeria recognizing the efforts of its government to halve the proportion of hungry people in the country. 

Goodluck mentioned the importance of encouraging countries by showing success stories and examples of where the fight against hunger has had success. 

The two principals discussed the issues of the

30 January 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia, on the sidelines of the African Union Summit. 

The leaders discussed the International Year of Family Farming, a special interest of Sata, and the Zambian President spoke of his wish for Zambia to become an example for the promotion of smallholder farmers. 

Graziano da Silva and Sata discussed the reorganization of