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FAO nominates Special Ambassadors for cooperatives

29 May 2012, Rome - The cooperative model offers unique solutions to "free people from hunger and poverty in a globalized world in which crises, including climate change, touch everyone", President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla said today in a speech at FAO.

Using the example of her country, the President stressed that cooperatives can make a major contribution to sustainable development and the competitiveness

El Director General de la FAO se reunió en Roma con representantes del Movimiento de los Sin Tierra

28 de mayo, Roma. El Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, recibió esta mañana la visita de una representación del Comité italiano de Apoyo al MST y de la Asociación Amig@s MST-Italia en la sede de la Organización en Roma.

Los simpatizantes del movimiento en Italia entregaron al Director General una fotografía de su padre, José Gomes da Silva, como homenaje por la labor de

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Over 17 million people at risk of hunger

24 May 2012, Brussels, Nyon, Rome - On a visit to drought-stricken Chad, Spanish football star Raúl González added his voice to urgent calls for funding to prevent a full-blown food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, where over 17 million people are at risk of hunger and more than one million children under five face acute malnutrition.

A combination of drought, chronic poverty,

FAO welcomed proposal of the Ishikawa prefecture in Japan to host the meeting in 2013

23 May 2012, Tokyo/Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Mr. Tanimoto, Governor of Ishikawa prefecture of Japan, at FAO Headquarters in Rome. During the visit, Director-General Graziano da Silva welcomed the proposal by Governor Tanimoto to host the 2013 Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) International Forum at the Ishikawa prefecture in Japan.

GIAHS is an international partnership initiative that identifies and recognizes

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FAO and Brazil look to adapt successful Programa Cozinha Brasil program overseas

21 May 2012, Rome - FAO and Brazil's Serviço Social da Indústria (Industrial Social Services, SESI) have signed a new partnership agreement that will seek to adapt a successful Brazilian food educational program to other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as to Africa, with an eye to improving household nutrition and reducing food waste.

Established in 2008, SESI's Programa Cozinha Brasil (Brazilian