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22 April 2013, Rome -  FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today opened the FAO Council, presenting the 2014-2015 Programme of Work and Budget which calls for an increase of 1 percent of the Organization's budget in real terms to support the Organization's core work in fighting hunger and malnutrition and promoting sustainable agricultural development.

The Director-General also presented the accomplishments over the past year in cutting bureaucracy

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Proposed new partnership will build on successes, political commitment

22 April 2013, Rome - Ministers and senior delegates from five African Nations met today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva ahead of a High-Level meeting of African and international leaders in Addis Ababa next June  set to create a renewed partnership for intensifying efforts to end hunger in Africa.

"There is an enormous window of opportunity," for eradicating hunger in the continent, Graziano da Silva told

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Commitment to fight hunger and poverty cited
21 April 2013, Rome - The three Rome-based UN agencies - the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) - were made  honorary citizens of Rome today.

The Mayor of the City of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, presented the award at a ceremony held in the City Hall on the occasion of the 2766th
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Graziano da Silva meets with South West Pacific ministers on food security

12 April 2013, Apia, Samoa/Rome – Efforts to end hunger and fight the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands will hinge on the success of sustainable development, including wise use of oceans and fisheries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from the region today. 

“There can be no truly ‘green economy’ without a ‘blue economy’, one that makes the sustainable development of oceans and

Madrid, 4 April 2013 – FAO and the Regional Commissions of the United Nations yesterday formalized mechanisms aimed at ensuring an increasingly close and integrated approach, especially at the regional and country levels, to the UN’s goals of achieving a world free from hunger and poverty.

The official Cooperation Framework Agreement will strengthen the joint work of FAO and the Regional Commissions on all matters relating to agricultural and rural