José Graziano da Silva, the FAO on the hunger front
On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, José Graziano da Silva met the press for the first time as the Organization’s Director.
He renewed emphasis on food safety and offered further support in this area to low income countries and to those suffering from food shortages, especially when they are chronic.
He added that “Hunger eradication should not be separated from responses to other global challenges, such as reviving national economies, protecting natural resources from degradation, and mitigating and adapting to climate change.”
José Graziano da Silva also stated that Africa would remain the priority of his mandate. He will also attend the next summit of the African Union in late January and travel to the Horn of Africa, where famine continue to ravage the region. Over 13 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, need humanitarian assistance according to the UN.
This first trip is very important for the new Director General, who has made the fight against hunger his main goal.
925 million people still suffer from chronic hunger in the world.