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Commits to long-term livelihood support for farming and fishing communities

10 March 2014, Samar Island, Philippines - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today witnessed the positive results of FAO's Typhoon Haiyan response programme and committed FAO to supporting the recovery of fishing and farming livelihoods in the longer term.

Graziano da Silva travelled together with Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Permanent Representative to FAO, Ambassador Virgilio Reyes, to Basey,

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“A special thanks to farmers whose energy and spirit has made the recovery this successful” – FAO chief says

9 March 2014, Tacloban/Rome- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with FAO partners in the Philipines today.

At the meeting, representatives of the Government and the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines presented the damages and the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

The World Food Programme’s head of office in Tacloban and the coordinator of the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) - set in response to the

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Alcalá: “Rice farmers have planted crops with FAO-provided seeds and fertiliser”

9 March 2014, Tacloban/Rome- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Filipino Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcalá during his visit to Tacloban and surrounding areas today, four months after typhoon Haiyan -locally known locally as Yolanda- struck the central Philippines. 

“I am here to say that FAO is here to support your work,” Graziano da Silva told the Secretary of Agriculture.  “Our work is only beginning.

Former President of Ireland welcomes FAO’s new partnerships strategy

7 March 2014, Rome- Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current head of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, welcomed “FAO’s approach in promoting new and stronger partnerships to combat global challenges of hunger, food insecurity and climate change” at a meeting with FAO Director-General today.

Robinson was the keynote speaker at the International Women’s Day event held at FAO headquarters in Rome.

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International Women’s Day event at FAO eyes role of gender equality in ending hunger and fostering sustainable food systems
7 March 2014, Rome – Reducing gender inequality is fundamental to eliminating hunger and developing more sustainable food systems, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told international experts and country representatives at an International Women’s Day event in Rome.

“This year we are celebrating Women’s Day against the backdrop of the International Year of Family Farming,” Graziano da Silva said. “Family farmers are the dominant force in