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FAO DG and German agriculture minister discuss Middle East resilience, fisheries and COP21

15 December 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Germany’s Minister for Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, for talks that focused on the close linkages between nutrition and food security and global security in the context of escalating conflicts and growing migration.

Amidst growing concerns about further worsening food security situation largely due to massively declining food production in Syria, the Minister said Germany is looking

Abdelouahab Zaid receives title for outstanding work in date protection and production and sustainable agriculture

15 December 2015, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today appointed Professor Abdelouahab Zaid as FAO Goodwill Ambassador for in the United Arab Emirates, in recognition of his outstanding work in the area of date palm production and protection as well as his support for the sustainable development of the Emirates’ agricultural sector.

Professor Zaid has worked extensively in the field of date palm propagation and production. FAO

10 декабря 2015 года Тирана, Албания – Сегодня в Тиране был официально открыт новый офис ФАО. На церемонии присутствовали министр сельского хозяйства Албании Эдмонд Панарити и Генеральный директор ФАО Жозе Грациану да Силва. Это отделение – первое на Балканах – будет координировать проекты ФАО в национальных приоритетных областях, таких как: поддержка фермеров, изменение климата, продовольственная безопасность, статистика и гендер.

Во время своего двухдневного визита в Албанию Грациану да Силва провел

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