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Worm is spreading rapidly across Africa

6 July 2017, Rome – South Africa’s Agriculture minister, Senzeni Zokwana, today pointed to the Fall Armyworm (FAW) threat to food security and economic growth, and called for greater regional cooperation to tackle the spread of the pest.

"If we are to succeed as a continent, we need to improve the country-to-country cooperation, create regional early warning systems and make sure our scientists are working together,” he said in remarks following talks with

Cooperation is renewed for 5 years

4 July 2017, Rome – FAO and the United Arab Emirates strengthen their partnership. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva​ and ​H.E. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister for Climate, Change and Environment of the UAE​, today signed an amendment to the agreement that was signed in 2008 for the establishment of FAO’s Subregional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council States and Yemen.

The amendment renews the contribution of the UAE Government for

Talks on the sidelines of the organization's 40th Conference

5 July 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva held talks with Albania’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Edmond Panariti, who was in Rome to attend FAO's 40th Conference.

The Minister of Agriculture expressed his gratitude to FAO for supporting Albania’s priorities in the area of agriculture and rural development. In particular, he highlighted a crucial role of FAO in helping Albania to cope with frequent floods.


Bilateral talks during FAO Conference week

5 July 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Slovenia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Cejan Zidan at FAO headquarters in Rome.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the FAO Conference. Graziano da Silva reaffirmed FAO’s commitment to a fruitful partnership with Slovenia.

Both principals discussed strengthening cooperation in the areas of agricultural development and food security.  Slovenia became a member of FAO

Partners for more than 70 years

5 July 2017, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met the Netherlands’ Minister for Foreign Affairs Bert Loenders on the margins of the 40th session of the FAO Conference.

The Netherlands became an FAO member in 1945, and has since been a valuable resource partner on multiple FAO projects and programmes.