During their conversation, Da Silva talked about the deep commitment the Church has in its fight against world hunger and poverty, especially in Africa. Da Silva, highlighted the global reach of the Church, by asking it to renew its efforts in this mission.
They also talked about the coming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held from June 20th to the 22nd in Rio, Brazil. Both of them also discussed their shared hope that rural communities will once again play a key role in the production and distribution of goods.
The director visited the Pope along with two of his staff members. The FAO headquarters are based in Rome. The director general took on his new role on January 1, 2012. His three year term will end on July 2015.