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FAO Director-General meets France’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Agriculture, crucial in climate change discussions
Pascal Xicluna / Min. Agri. France
(Left to rigth) FAO Director General with Minister Le Foll

20 February 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met France’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Stéphane Le Foll, in Paris where the FAO chief attended the government-organized International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change.

Da Silva and Le Foll discussed FAO’s engagement in  efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change, especially through “Climate Smart Agriculture,” an integrative approach that seeks to address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change.

The two also reviewed progress made since the International Symposiumon Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, hosted by FAO in September 2014, in which France played a prominent role.  Agroecology is an emerging set of practices that seek to apply ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable food systems.

And the FAO chief and Minister Le Foll also discussed EXPO Milano 2015, which will run in Milan for six months from May until the end of October.

They spoke about France’s participation at a symposium on biotechnologies to be held at FAO headquarters at the end of 2015.  

Graziano da Silva insisted on the need to keep the discussion about the future of farmers after the conclusion of the International Year of Family Farming in 2014.