Brazil hails election of Graziano as new chief of UN food agency

08:38, June 28, 2011      

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Monday that the newly elected chief of UN's food agency will have full support of the Brazilian government.

Jose Graziano da Silva, a Brazilian agronomist currently serving as regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was elected director-general Sunday at the 37th FAO Conference in Rome, Italy.

Rousseff welcomed Graziano's victory in her weekly radio show "Breakfast with the President," saying she considers Graziano her personal friend.

"Graziano will have full support of the Brazilian government to bring solutions to FAO, showing that it's possible to reconcile fight against hunger with improving farmers' incomes and increasing food production in quantity and productivity," she said.

In 2001, he helped implement the "Zero Hunger" initiative that has lifted 24 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty within five years and reduced undernourishment by 25 percent.

Graziano will be in office from Jan. 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015.

Source: Xinhua
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