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Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

Brazil, committed with the International Year of Family Farming

Director General and Brazilian Minister also discuss the importance of Brazilian South-South cooperation
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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with Gilberto José Spier Vargas, Minister for Agrarian Development, Brazil. FAO headquarters.

6 October 2013, Rome – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva met with Brazilian Minister for Agrarian Development Gilberto José Spier Vargas in Rome today.  They commented on the excellent partnership between the Brazilian Ministry and FAO in developing and implementing projects as well as advocating for food security.

During the meeting, Graziano da Silva thanked the Minister for his support in the preparation of the upcoming International Year of Family Farming in 2014. He also thanked the Minister for the creation of the intergovernmental group in support of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in Brazil. The Minister was accompanied by the president of Brazil’s ‘Instituto Nacional de Colonização e Reforma Agrária’ (Incra) Carlos Mário de Guedes, who is also in FAO this week to deliver presentations on the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines in Brazil.

The meeting was also an opportunity to highlight the importance of Brazilian south-south cooperation both for its resources and for its strategic value for Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. 

Listen to the audio interview with with H.E. Gilberto José Spier Vargas, Minister for Agrarian Development, Brazil.