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Sudan recognises the role of Graziano da Silva in fighting hunger

Award acknowledges FAO’s work including in areas of protracted crises

FAO Director-General receives recognition from Prof. Ibrahim Al Dukhiri, Director General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development.

11 May 2018, Rome – In recognition of leading FAO’s efforts to combat hunger, Director-General José Graziano da Silva has been awarded the Order of the Two Niles of the First Class by the Government of the Sudan.

Abdullatif Ajimi, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forests, said that the prestigious honour had been bestowed upon Graziano da Silva in particular for his efforts to advance Sudan’s cooperation with FAO throughout his years as Director-General.

Graziano da Silva received the award during the closing ceremony of the 34th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, held on 11 May.

The Conference was held at FAO headquarters in Rome on 7-11 May to discuss and agree on regional priorities and the biennial agenda of FAO’s work in the region with member countries of the Near East and North Africa region.

In his remarks, Minister Ajimi praised FAO's role in seeking to create a world free from hunger, malnutrition and improve the livelihoods for sustainable agricultural development, as well as raising food and nutrition security, especially in conflict-affected and protracted crises areas in Sudan.

Ministers, delegates and other top officials from 26 FAO member countries were present at the closure of the Conference.

The Director-General took up office at FAO in 2012 and is currently serving his second four-year mandate.