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Food security in Africa is among ECOSOC and FAO’s top shared priorities

Graziano da Silva meets ECOSOC’s President Shava in New York

20 September 2016, New York - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met the President of the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava where they discussed shared priorities in FAO and ECOSOC’s areas of work.

During their talks on the side-lines of the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York, Shava expressed his concern about the issue of food insecurity in Africa and assured it would be one of the top priorities during his mandate. To that end, ECOSOC’s President asked FAO “to be a partner in this endeavour.”

The FAO Director-General highlighted how the El Niño weather phenomenon’s devastating effects in Africa, in particular extreme drought, have caused severe throwbacks in the food security situation of many African countries.

Graziano da Silva stressed the importance of aligning the work of UN bodies in ways that support Member States with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In relation to this, he noted FAO’s potential areas of contribution in key areas, including statistics.