José Graziano da Silva
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José Graziano da Silva is the Director-General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

José Graziano da Silva has worked on food security, rural development, and agriculture issues for over 30 years, most notably as the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger (Fome Zero) program and now as the Director-General of FAO.

Since assuming his mandate as FAO Director-General in 2012, he has spearheaded major transformational changes within the Organization. These reforms have entailed refocusing FAO’s work, reinforcing its institutional capacities, strengthening partnerships with civil society, private sector and academia and boosting FAO’s support for South-South Cooperation. His efforts have resulted in best value for money for the Organization and its partners.

Opinion | Amid Growing Hunger and Obesity, the Right to Food Needs a New Approach for Sustainable Development

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva explains the urgent need to reduce hunger and malnutrition across the globe as the human right to food becomes a growing priority.

Agroecology: A Path to Sustainable Development

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva writes about the importance of agroecology to put forward sustainable food systems that offer health, nutritious and accessible food for all, ecosystem services, and climate resilience.

Saving Lives and Livelihoods

Hunger weakens people to the extent that they cannot fight off even the simplest illness—a common cold can become a death sentence. In South Sudan, this is happening right now.

Building Resilient Rural Livelihoods is Key to Helping Yemen

More than 17 million people around Yemen’s rugged landscape are acutely food insecure, and the figure is likely to increase as the ongoing conflict continues to erode the ability to grow, import, distribute, and pay for food.

Statistics: The Challenges of Monitoring the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks the eradication of poverty and hunger and to which all countries have pledged to implement, requires a sweeping paradigm shift on several fronts.

Sustainable agriculture deserves center stage in Marrakech

At COP22 in Morocco, we have the opportunity to make significant progress, by making agriculture a major part of the solution.

No Landing, No Pirates: Port State Measures Agreement Can Sink Illegal Fishing

The Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) is expected to reduce the number of fish caught illegally around the world.

Tackling Climate Change and Fighting Hunger Should Go Hand-in-Hand

Climate-related disasters contribute heavily to economic losses and population displacement, while the world population continues to grow.

Much More Than Trees: Forests are Key to Sustainable Development

Forests are an important element in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that global leaders are setting.