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Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

FAO and IILA join forces to bolster food security and rural development in Latin America

Italy announces 5 million euro additional donation to support FAO’s work against hunger in the region

19 May 2017, Rome — FAO and the Istituto Italo-Latino Americano (IILA) are joining forces to bolster food security, agriculture and rural development in Latin America. 

An agreement signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and IILA Secretary-General Donato di Santo, establishes the base for future knowledge exchange and rolling out joint activities for the next five years.

IILA is a Rome-based international Organization counting Italy and 20 Latin American countries as its members, with permanent observer status at the UN General Assembly.

In a sign of support for the new accord, Italy Foreign MInister Angelino Alfano today announced a 5 milion euro donation to support FAO’s work.

“The Alliance with IILA will allow us to carry out mutual cooperation actions on the basis of FAO’s Regional Initiative aimed at achieving a hunger-free Latin America as well as supporting family agriculture, rural development, the sustainable use of natural resources, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management,” said Graziano da Silva while thanking Italy for its ongoing support for FAO’s work.

IILA was established in 1996. Apart from Italy, its members include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.