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German Agriculture Minister Aigner and FAO head Graziano da Silva urge international community to develop principles for responsible investments

19 January 2013, Berlin - The German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, and the Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva have called for a significant increase in responsible investments in agriculture to eradicate hunger and feed a growing world population.

Investments in agriculture are still too low in those regions where rural poverty and hunger are most severe, Aigner and

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Accord aims to promote responsible private sector investment in agriculture
19 January 2013, Berlin/Rome -The Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the FAO Director-General today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly promote responsible private agribusiness investment and create economic opportunities for rural communities.

The two institutions will work together to develop responsible agribusiness practices, increase the use by IFC of FAO's technical expertise and knowledge networks, and support
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Nobel laureate a "tireless advocate for a hunger-free world"
31 December 2012, Rome - The death of Italian scientist and physician Rita Levi Montalcini, 103, has claimed a tireless advocate for a hunger-free world, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said today.

Montalcini, an FAO goodwill ambassador since 1999, died on 30 December in Rome.

"Professor Montalcini was recognized internationally as one of the world's finest minds. At FAO, we knew
Strengthened collaboration against hunger and malnutrition
14 December 2012, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - FAO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states are to become strategic partners in the fight against hunger and poverty and for the sustainable management of natural resources in the 79-member bloc of countries.

Under an agreement signed yesterday, "FAO and the Secretariat of the ACP Group shall strengthen their collaboration to better address continuing food insecurity
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"We must not lose track of our agricultural and culinary roots, nor the lore and wisdom of our ancestors," says FAO chief

10 December 2012, Córdoba (Spain) - Neglected crops that are currently underutilized by farmers can play an important role addressing the food and agriculture challenges of the future and should be reevaluated, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the start of an international seminar taking place in this southern Spanish city.

In remarks made at the international Crops for the 21st Century seminar, Graziano da