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September 23: Speaking at Monday's UN Inter-Agency meeting on Inclusive Finance for Development, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva underlined the importance of ensuring that small-scale farmers have access to financial products and services, which serve as a "driving force for long-lasting and sustainable development and increased food security", he said. The Inter-Agency Meeting was convened by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands - in her role as the UN

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Rice crop already severely damaged, 13 million people at risk
23 September 2013, Rome - A locust control campaign is starting in Madagascar against a plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, which threatens the food security and livelihoods of 13 million people or nearly 60 percent of the island's population.

Aerial survey operations to identify and map out the areas requiring treatment by pesticides are expected to get underway this week. In the meantime, ground
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FAO Director-General addresses High Level Event in New York

September 23: A hunger-free world is possible "within our lifetimes" if current development partnerships can be strengthened and expanded, declared FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Monday at the MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact high-level forum at UN Headquarters in New York.

Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the forum aims to accelerate action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by highlighting successful development partnerships and

Director-General in New York to promote importance of partnerships

23 September 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva is in New York this week for the opening of the 68th UN General Assembly with the message that real change in society – especially the end of hunger – only occurs when many social actors join forces.

In addition to talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and bilateral meetings, the Director-General is expected to participate

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New private sector partnership with Dutch bank will benefit farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania
20 September 2013, Rome - The Rabobank Foundation and FAO will share knowledge, innovation and financial resources in a broad strategy to make a difference in the lives of small-holder farmers and the rural poor in Africa.

An agreement signed at FAO headquarters sets out how the organizations will work together on development projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The projects will improve the income of