2nd September 2019 – The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Security and Nutrition is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor José Graziano da Silva as its Special Ambassador. As Prof. Graziano da Silva moves on from his role as Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization to the United Nations (FAO), which he held between 2012 and 2019, he will continue to enrich his legacy as a Special Ambassador to the Global Panel and to build upon his experience on nutrition, food security, and agricultural issues for over 30 years.
Professor Graziano da Silva is a founding member of the Global Panel from its inception at the 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit in London. In a statement, he said: “In my new role as Special Ambassador, I will continue to contribute to the eradication of malnutrition & the development of sustainable food systems that guarantee healthy diets for all”.
Speaking of Prof. Graziano’s achievements, Global Panel Director, Prof. Sandy Thomas, stated, “I would like to express Global Panel’s immense gratitude to Professor Graziano for his contributions over the past five years as a founding member of the Global Panel. He has been instrumental in changing the discourse on diets and food systems, and contributing to the body of evidence that is convincing policymakers to take action. We are honoured to have him continuing his legacy with the Global Panel as he takes on his new role of Special Ambassador”.
The Global Panel’s primary focus for the coming year will be on synthesising the latest evidence and developing new recommendations on diets and sustainable food systems in preparation for the launch of Foresight 2.0 in 2020.
About the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition
The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition was established in August 2013 at the Nutrition for Growth Summit in London. It is funded by the UK Department for International Development. It comprises an independent group of experts and leaders who hold or have held high office and who show strong personal commitment to improving nutrition.
The Panel is co-chaired by His Excellency John Kufuor, (former President of Ghana) and Sir John Beddington (former UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser). It aims to provide guidance to decision makers, particularly governments, to inform and promote agricultural and food policies and investment for improved nutrition in low and middle income countries. This is delivered through evidence-based technical and policy briefs, Foresight Reports and tailored country/regional papers which are produced by the Global Panel Secretariat in London, Panel members and experts. These documents contain recommendations for potential policy interventions at a national and regional level.
About Graziano da Silva
Since 2006, Prof Graziano da Silva has worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), acting as Director General since 2012. His successes include the establishment of the Zero Hunger programme – a development model aimed at eradicating hunger in Brazil. In 2014, Brazil was removed from FAO’s Hunger Map, in a considerable part as a result of his efforts.