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José Graziano da Silva of Brazil elected FAO Director-General
José Graziano da Silva of Brazil was elected Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.
Graziano da Silva, who is 61, received a total of 92 votes out of 180 votes cast, winning over former Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, who received 88 votes. There were no abstentions.
The election took place on the second day of the biennial 191 member nation Conference of FAO, which also will vote on the Organization's budget for 2012-2013.
As Brazil's Extraordinary Minister of Food Security and Fight Against Hunger he was responsible for implementing the country's highly-successful "Zero Hunger" ("Fome Zero") programme, in whose design he also played a leading role. The programme helped lift 24 million people out of extreme poverty in five years and to reduce undernourishment in Brazil by 25 percent.