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Carlson: “I will do my best to highlight the significant contribution that agriculture makes to global economy”

15 July 2015, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today appointed former president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), Robert L. Carlson, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) for North America.

“I am truly honored to accept this position,” said Carlson. “I will do my best to represent family farmers and ranchers throughout the world. I think it’s very important for people to

Strengthening policy work, key to enhancing investments in agriculture and agribusinesses in the region

15 July 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Suma Chakrabati.

Both emphasized the importance of strengthening policy work to enhance investments in agriculture and agribusiness throughout the region.

Graziano da Silva and Chakrabati noted the successful EastAgri 2014 meeting held in Belgrade in June, and welcomed the extension on its occasion of the FAO/EBRD

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“Food security is a key element of national security,” President Aliyev says

15 July 2014, Rome – The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, met today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at FAO headquarters in Rome.

With agriculture growing at a 6 percent in the first half of 2014, President Aliyev described the sector as “an important priority for the government and a tool contributing to job creation and the national GDP.”

Graziano da Silva and President Aliyev had

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Cereals are still at the core of what people eat, but diets are becoming higher in protein, fats and sugar in many parts of the world as incomes rise and urbanisation increases – Special focus on India

11 July 2014, Rome - The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO.

Demand for agricultural products is expected to remain firm while expanding at lower rates than in the past

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus participates at a FAO dialogue on "social business"

10 July 2014, Rome – “Poverty should not belong to any human society, it should only be seen in museums, ” Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus said at an FAO Partnerships Dialogue on the concept of ‘Social Business for Sustainable Solutions,’ held today.

“I share many beliefs with FAO Director-General. He wants to achieve the Zero Hunger challenge and I want to bring poverty to zero,” he said, noting that