In a meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on 15 August 2012, Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, and José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General, agreed to further strengthen the long-standing IAEA/FAO partnership, which helps developing countries use nuclear techniques to improve food security. The Directors General agreed to support a joint proposal for the IAEA to become a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis.
Both Directors General concurred in their meeting that this partnership was essential to maximize both Organizations' contribution in the global effort to swiftly and significantly reduce the number of people who suffer from hunger, as well as to increase the use of sustainable agricultural practices.
Director-General Graziano da Silva expressed his appreciation for the IAEA's strong and dedicated support for the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. He also expressed his support for Director General Amano's choice to focus the IAEA's September 2012 Scientific Forum on Food for the Future - Meeting the Challenges with Nuclear Applications. The Scientific Forum will present to policy-makers the successes achieved in the use of nuclear technologies to enhance food security.
Director-General Graziano da Silva also invited Director General Amano to attend the FAO's World Food Day event to be held on October 16 in Rome, Italy.
During his visit, Director-General Graziano da Silva was briefed on the on-going research and training undertaken by the joint FAO and IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria.