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Graziano da Silva awarded “Honoris Causa” degree by Agricultural University of Tirana

FAO Director-General awared in Albania

FAO Director-General receives the degree by Albania's Minister for Agriculture, Edmond Panariti

9 December 2015 Tirana, Albania - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was awarded today with an honorary doctorate degree –“Honoris Causa”- by the Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania, for his achievements and distinct commitment in the development of Albanian agriculture.

Participating in the ceremony were university rector Fatos Harizaj, Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti, FAO Assistant Representative in Albania Arben Kipi, and numerous university faculty and officials.

“The Honoris Causa honorary degree is awarded to  Jose Graziano da Silva for his continuous assistance for the development of Albanian agriculture and the opening of a FAO office in Albania, whose activities enhance the Organization’s commitment to rural and agricultural development in the country," said rector Fatos Harizaj.

About FAO Director-General

José Graziano da Silva has worked on food security, rural development, and agriculture issues for over 35 years, most notably as the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme and now as FAO Director-General.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy and a Master's Degree in Rural Economics and Sociology from the University of São Paulo (USP), and a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He also has post-Doctorate Degrees in Latin American Studies (University College of London) and Environmental Studies (University of California, Santa Cruz).

See full biography here.