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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Total elimination of hunger, my priority – new FAO DG

On assumption of office at the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FOA) of the United Nations, the new Director General, José Graziano da Silva said his top priority is to see total elimination of hunger and undernourishment in the world.

NaijaAgroNet gathered that he made this observation at his inaugural press conference, Mr. José Graziano da Silva said that a three and a half year term in office is no time to lose, stressing that FAO would start with scaling up support for a number of low-income, food deficit countries and especially nations facing prolonged crises.

"Ending hunger requires the commitment of everyone, neither FAO nor any other agency or government will win this war alone," da Silva said, adding that he want to work in the most transparent and democratic way with member countries and other United Nations agencies.

Further, he said hunger eradication is the first of five strategic priorities intend to pursue by FAO with other strategic priorities to be a move towards more sustainable systems of food production and consumption; achieving greater fairness in the global management of food; completing FAO's reform and decentralization; and expanding South-South cooperation and other partnerships.

"We need to rebuild trust between the Secretariat and Member States to move forward, and I plan to do so by promoting a transparent and constructive relationship with Member States and FAO Governing Bodies," da Silva said.
He also made known his conviction that the organization could make a significant and growing contribution to food security and sustainable food production and consumption in the world.
'Yinka Awosanya/LS
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