Brazil's hunger champion to head FAO

José Graziano da Silva

José Graziano da Silva

The brains behind a five year anti-hunger plan that helped to lift 24 million people out of poverty has just been elected Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

José Graziano da Silva of Brazil helped to design the highly successful "Zero Hunger" plan which cut hunger in Brazil by half.

He also hopes to do the same in other countries.

"New times are needed for this organization and this organization needs to play a very important role in the ongoing issues as the G20 meeting in Paris two or three days ago pointed."

Mr. Graziano da Silva has served as FAO's Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean since 2006.

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