Hunger, nutrition and climate change are FAO's priorities

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The eradication of hunger, raising levels of nutrition and addressing climate will be among the top priorities of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) over the next four years.

That's according to the newly re-elected Director-General of the UN agency.

José Graziano da Silva spoke at the FAO conference in Rome attended by over one thousand participants including government representatives from around the world.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The head of FAO said that raising levels of nutrition was one of the reasons that the agency was created 70 years ago and that it is "at the heart" of its mandate.

José Graziano da Silva said that both quantity and quality of food are needed.

He noted that while global undernourishment is falling, obesity is going up in both developed and developing countries in poor and rich families alike.

The FAO Director-General also identified climate change as another important area to focus on.

"It has a direct impact on food security and agriculture. It affects all countries, especially the drylands in which the majority of poor and the hungry live, and climate change puts at risk the very existence of some of the small island developing states." (19")

José Graziano da Silva said FAO's primary priority concern is to help developing countries, including the small island developing states to adapt to climate change.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’15″

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