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Sheeran bows out of WFP post, new FAO head eyes eradication of world hunger

United Nations World Food Program executive director Josette Sheeran announced today she will leave her post when her term expires in April, while Jose Graziano da Silva, the new director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, announced that eradication of world hunger will be the goal of his three-and-a-half year term, rather than the previous U.N. goal of halving hunger by 2015. Read More...

G20 Summit ends without strong commodity market reform

CANNES, France — Leaders of the G20 countries ended their meeting in this Mediterranean resort city today by endorsing an end to tariffs and restrictions on food purchased for humanitarian purposes and backing a food reserve pilot project in West Africa. Read More...

Cousin: U.N. to provide food and farm aid in Horn of Africa

United Nations officials and world agricultural leaders plan to help the Horn of Africa with its drought through a twin-track program of food aid and agricultural development, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. food agencies Ertharin Cousin said today. Read More...

Emergency FAO meeting to discuss African drought

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, which this week declared a state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia, is convening an emergency ministerial-level meeting on Monday to address deteriorating drought conditions in the Horn of Africa and several other regions in the world. Read More...

FAO sets up work on Agricultural Market Information System

ROME — U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization officials have expressed enthusiasm for a new global agricultural information system to improve global food security established by the G20 agriculture ministers, but it’s unclear how well the new system or what impact it will have. Read More...

California farmer planted roots for today's FAO

ROME — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s role as a collector and disseminator of agricultural statistics has its roots in an American merchant-turned-farmer’s campaign to get worldwide farm production in the hands of farmers so that traders could not take advantage of them. Read More...

FAO conference approves $1.06 billion budget

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s governing conference has unanimously approved a regular program budget of $1.06 billion for the 2012-13 biennium, equivalent to a 1.4 percent increase over the current biennium, the agency said in a news release Saturday. Read More...

Graziano da Silva attends U.S.-sponsored women in agriculture event in Rome

ROME — José Graziano da Silva, director general-elect of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, spoke at a U.S. embassy-sponsored event on women in agriculture Monday, even though it’s unclear whether the United States supported his candidacy. Read More...

Graziano da Silva supports GMOs, but not seed monopolies

ROME — José Graziano da Silva, the director general-elect of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said today that he believes in genetic modification in agriculture but is opposed to individual companies being granted monopolies on genetically modified seeds. Read More...

Graziano da Silva of Brazil elected FAO director general

ROME — Delegates from member countries of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization today elected José Graziano da Silva, an architect of the Brazilian anti-hunger program, as director general of the FAO. Read More...

Kofi Annan tells FAO higher food prices help production

ROME — Farmers around the world should continue to get higher commodity prices in order to increase food production in future years, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan told the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in a lecture here today. Read More...

Delegates in Rome for U.N. FAO election

ROME — Delegates from the 191 countries that are members of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization will elect the first new director general of the FAO in 18 years on Sunday through a complicated voting process that is expected to take several rounds. Read More...

Merrigan representing U.S. at FAO conference

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is scheduled to represent the United States at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization election and biennial conference beginning Saturday in Rome. Read More...

FAO announces six candidates for next director general

Former European Union Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler is the most notable of six candidates for the job of director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. Read More...

FAO releases guide for countries hit by high food prices

Apparently fearing that countries experiencing food shortages will imposing export restrictions as they did in 2008, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization today published a policy guide for countries hit by high food prices. Read More...