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Both note the need for partnerships with the private sector and beyond to end hunger

20 March 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mizengo Pinda, to Rome headquarters today. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of involving the private sector and other actors as key to continuing the country’s development through agriculture.

“Poverty is still a big issue in Tanzania, and we believe that agriculture is the answer to this problem,” Pinda said.


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Mexican President meets FAO Director-General
20 March 2013, Rome – FAO will support Mexico’s efforts to ensure that no one is left out in the fight against hunger, José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General assured the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during an encounter today in Rome.

“The National Crusade Against Hunger is a government priority. All our efforts should converge to assist vulnerable populations,” Peña Nieto said. “The Crusade focuses on those who
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Graziano da Silva attends inaugural Mass at Vatican, represents UN Secretary General

Rome, 19 March 2013 - FAO Director-General Jose’ Graziano da Silva attended the inaugural Mass for Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday, saying the United Nations would look to Pope Francis as a “friend of the poor” to support the fight against hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty.

Graziano da Silva was at the ceremony on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, joining other dignitaries and crowds of worshippers gathered

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President Dilma Rousseff meets with Graziano da Silva

18 March 2013, Rome - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff  and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva reviewed hunger and poverty-fighting strategies, including the "social technologies" pioneered  by Brazil, at a meeting at FAO headquarters today.

Stating that "it is fundamental to end hunger", President Rousseff  noted  that three aspects of the Brazilian anti-hunger programme are essential.

It is vital to accurately map hunger so that planners know

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Calls for all sectors of society to collaborate on new nutrition strategies
15 March 2013, Wageningen, Netherlands - Urbanization, economic growth and other transformations are causing changes in lifestyles and diets in many parts of the world and countries are not coping as well as they could, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at Wageningen University and Research Centre today.

The Director-General, on an official two-day visit to the Netherlands, spoke of the need to guarantee