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Letter of thanks from US Ambassador to the United Nations agencies in Rome

20 January 2015 - In a letter sent to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the United States Permanent Representative to the Rome-based United Nations agencies, Ambassador David Lane, thanks FAO’s support during media reporting tour to Mozambique.

The US Ambassador travelled with journalists from Namibia, Swaziland, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Mozambique to report on FAO's work in Mozambique in coordination with the United States, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Talks at the Global Forum of Food and Agriculture also focused on the post-2015 development agenda and the FAO Conference in June

19 January 2015, Berlin – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has highlighted some of the most important events on the organization’s 2015 calendar during meetings with agriculture ministers who attended the Global Forum of Food and Agriculture in Berlin from 15-17 January.

The International Year of Soils, the post-2015 development agenda and the upcoming FAO Conference, were among the themes of the Director-General’s  bilateral discussions with Ministers and Vice-Ministers

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Graziano da Silva: Competition for resources and energy necessitates a "paradigm shift" – Biofuels should be part of the mix

16 January 2015, Berlin – Increasing competition for natural resource and emerging resource bottlenecks mean that global agriculture can no longer operate using a "business as usual" approach – the input-intensive agricultural development model used for the past 40 years is no longer sustainable, and a "paradigm shift" in food production is needed.

This was the key message of a speech delivered today by FAO Director-General José

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FAO and CAF kick off “African Football against Hunger”

16 January 2015, Rome/Bata - A footballer dressed in white garb dribbles a ball across an abandoned underground construction site, laser focused, dust stirring up around him as he angles for the winning kick — he takes it and scores. The scene: part of a video ad by FAO that will be shown throughout the upcoming African Cup of Nations; the winning kick: a metaphor for overcoming hunger

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National plan of action will guide actions, policies aimed at eradicating hunger

14 January 2015, Hanoi, Viet Nam - The National Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC), a major initiative to eradicate hunger in Viet Nam, was launched today by the Government of Viet Nam in collaboration with the United Nations, including FAO.

The launch, led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dũng along with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, and other leaders of line ministries