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UN Food Agency Picks Brazil’s Graziano da Silva as New Head

The United Nations’ food agency picked Brazil’s Jose Graziano da Silva as its director general, the first new leader in almost two decades as the world faces near-record food prices that are driving millions into poverty.

Graziano da Silva, 61, former Brazilian minister of food security, will take over at the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization from Jan. 1 to July 31, 2015, replacing Senegal-born Jacques Diouf after 18 years at the head of the biggest UN agency. Graziano got 92 votes against 88 for Spain’s Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaube, the FAO said in an e-mailed statement.