Now that we've started cooking, political will is the missing ingredient — FAO chief

By Elena L. Pasquini 28 September 2015

José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Photo by: Giulio Napolitano / FAO

José Graziano da Silva is a man in a cautiously optimistic mood.

Getting a fresh mandate in June as director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, he is at the helm of the specialized agency in what is widely regarded as a key period for global development, one in which the rules of engagement for the industry could be rewritten.

But how can the global development community ensure that this year of summits and agreements translates into tangible results, rather than being consigned to history as the year of good intentions?

Mobilizing resources is key, but not the “biggest problem,” according to Graziano. “When you have good projects you always find the resources available, you can mobilize finance.”

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Elena L. Pasquini@elenapasquini

Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.

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