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FAO Director-General meets Brazilian delegation at the Committee on World Food Security

Focus on South-South Cooperation to benefit African countries

18 October 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met the Brazilian delegation to the Committee on World Food Security, the annual meeting of the leading forum for global policymaking on food security and nutrition.

Members included high-level representatives of various Federal bodies and the CONSEA (National Council on Food and Nutrition Security) and talks focused on ways to share the country’s valuable experience in areas such as family farming and school feeding programs with countries around the world.

FAO Director-General stressed that partnerships are essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially on elimination of poverty and hunger, and promotion of sustainable agriculture. He highlighted that Brazil has successful policies and valuable experience to share.

“I wish to maintain the excellent collaboration with the Government of Brazil, and ensure its continuous support to South-South cooperation, especially with Africa,” said Graziano da Silva.  “I was glad to see this is also the wish of the Brazilian government.”

The Special Secretariat for Family Farming and Agrarian Development (SEAFDA), the National Secretary for Food and Nutrition Security, Ministry of Social Development (MDSA), the Ministry of Education (MEC) / National Foundation for Educational Development (FNDE) & National Programme for School Feeding (PNAE), the Ministry of Health (MS) and the Ministry of External Relations (MRE), among others, were represented at the meeting. 

A global conversation

In addition to acting as the UN system's guiding body for food security and nutrition debates, CFS is structured to allow participants from civil society, the private sector, other UN agencies and international financial institutions, research bodies and other non-state actors a voice in policy decisions. This plenary, the 43rd, has set a record with more than 1,400 registered participants.

Its week-long deliberations will include a host of side events, a forum on urbanization - an increasingly important theme for food security and nutrition.

Delegates will also endorse two sets of policy recommendations, one regarding the role of livestock in sustainable agricultural development and another regarding the importance of connecting smallholders to markets.