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“Tremendous human impact,” says Dominican Republican President at high-level event on issue

6 July 2012, Rome - The world needs to take a hard look at speculation on the financial markets and its potential impact on food price volatility, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a high-level debate on the issue at FAO Headquarters in Rome.


"While there has been much analysis of food price volatility, including at FAO, more understanding is still needed, especially concerning the impacts

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Latest update on food prices released

5 July 2012, Rome - The FAO Food Price Index fell for the third consecutive month in June 2012, dipping 1.8 percent from May to its lowest level since September 2010. The four-point drop in June brought the index to 201 points from a revised level of 205 points in May 2012.

The index now stands at 15.4 percent below its peak in February 2011. The average prices of

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SIS and FAO grant farming programme in El Salvador

29th June 2012 , Colón, El Salvador - Salvador’s Secretary of Social Inclusion (SIS) and First Lady, Vanda Pignato, and the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, inaugurated the programme Ciudad Mujer (Women’s City): Growing Future and Hope.

The representatives of both institutions signed a cooperation agreement that establishes that FAO will give technical assistance to start up the farming programme for Ciudad Mujer users, in Colón,

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Mobilizing political commitment for a hunger-free world

21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva today warmly welcomed the “Zero Hunger Challenge” announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“Big problems call for bold goals. The Zero Hunger Challenge can help us mobilize political commitment, the first step to eradicate hunger,” Graziano da Silva said at a high-level meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

“This is a personal challenge from the

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Support under plant genetics treaty fund announced during Rio+20

21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - The European Union is contributing €5 million (6.5 million dollars) towards the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO announced today, at a high-level ministerial meeting on the plant treaty at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

The Benefit-sharing Fund helps farmers in developing countries manage crop diversity for food security and climate