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FAO leader meets WHO Director-General

Graziano da Silva and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hold bilateral talks, brief UN Security Council on Yemen

12 July 2017, Geneva – José Graziano da Silva today met the World Health Organization Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for bilateral talks on joint cooperation between the two organizations.

Graziano da Silva congratulated the new WHO Director-General for his election and emphasized the excellent collaboration that has always existed between FAO and WHO in a wide range of areas, including nutrition, animal health and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  

Food security and health situation in Yemen

Both principals also addressed the UN Security Council on the food insecurity and health situation in conflict-ridden Yemen. The scale of the food crisis in the country is staggering with 17 million people – two thirds of the population - severely food insecure and seven million of these on the verge of famine.

Graziano da Silva warned that 7 million people are on the brink of famine and highlighted the need to save lives by saving rural livelihoods.

“Conflict and violence have disrupted agricultural livelihoods and are intensifying in some of the most food insecure and famine-risk areas,” he said describing Yemen as the largest humanitarian crisis today.

For his part, Tedros noted that the cholera outbreak in the country is being driven by a combination of conflict, the collapse of health services and malnutrition.