José Graziano da Silva


José Graziano da Silva has been the Director-General of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) since 2012. He has worked on food security, and rural and agricultural development for over 30 years. At the helm of the FAO he has emphasised the importance of addressing the connections between social, economic, and environmental factors that can lead to hunger and malnutrition. An agronomist and academic, he previously led the Zero Hunger (Fome Zero) programme in Brazil, that has helped lift millions out of hunger and extreme poverty.

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How to stop the global obesity pandemic

How to stop the global obesity pandemic

Obesity is no longer a concern solely of higher income, developed countries. The prevalence of obesity and overweight has risen in all regions, including in low-income countries. Today, nearly half of all countries are struggling with both undernutrition and overweight/obesity. Indeed, undernutrition and obesity often co-exist in the same communities – even in the same household.