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FAO Director-General awared in Albania

9 December 2015 Tirana, Albania - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was awarded today with an honorary doctorate degree –“Honoris Causa”- by the Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania, for his achievements and distinct commitment in the development of Albanian agriculture.

Participating in the ceremony were university rector Fatos Harizaj, Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti, FAO Assistant Representative in Albania Arben Kipi, and numerous university faculty and officials.

“The Honoris Causa honorary

New 4-year agreement to better track progress on nutrition and food security

4 December 2015, Rome -- FAO and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are embarking on a four-year partnership to improve diets, strengthen agricultural research to combat hunger, and track international progress toward more food security and better nutrition.  

More specifically, the two agencies will collaborate on important areas such as policy guidelines for healthy diets and to develop a diet-diversity index.

Drawing on IFPRI’s strength in research and FAO’s

With a Permanent Representative in Brussels and a Rome-based delegate, more active participation at FAO is expected

4 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva and Samoa’s Minister of Agriculture, Le Mamea Ropati, celebrated the strengthening of the mutual relations as the first Permanent Representative of Samoa to FAO, Ambassador Fatumanava III Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, presented his credentials.

Following the ceremony on the sidelines of the 153rd session of the FAO Council, Ambassador Luteru, who is based in Brussels, appointed his Alternate Permanent Representative,

FAO Director-General meets Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources

4 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Cyprus’ Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Nicos Kouyialis, for talks that focused on the next session of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean to be hosted by Cyprus in March 2016.

The purpose of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean of the FAO is to ensure

Sudanese development plan puts strong focus on agriculture

3 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Sudan’s Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Ibrahim Adam Ahmed Al-Dekhairi, for talks that focused on the ongoing collaboration between the Organization and Sudan.

The Minister presented the main elements of the Sudanese five-year Strategic Development Plan, which aims at creating a major positive transformation of the Sudanese economy. These include a strong focus on agriculture,