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FAO and Rabobank renew partnership to help smallholders participate in agribusiness boom

1 June 2018, Utrecht, the Netherlands - Africa boasts huge potential for social and economic development, with agribusiness poised to play a major role.

Without policies and partnerships that enable smallholder farmers - including subsistence farmers and pastoralists - to participate in and benefit from the growth, that opportunity will turn into risk, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

"Inclusiveness is key to promote sustainable development in the African

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Graziano da Silva says countries and rural communities need support to combat antimicrobial resistance

30 May 2018, Rome - Antimicrobials are important to safeguard the health of humans and animals, but these medicines need to be used responsibly, including in the agricultural sectors, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a high-level UN coordination meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

"FAO advocates that antibiotics and other antimicrobials should be only used to cure diseases and alleviate unnecessary suffering. Only under strict circumstances they

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Incorporating biodiversity as a priority in agriculture can yield multiple benefits
29 May 2018, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called for transformative changes in how we produce our food, grounded in sustainable agricultural systems capable of producing healthy and nutritious food while simultaneously safeguarding the planet's biodiversity.

"Biodiversity is essential for safeguarding global food security and nutrition, improving rural livelihoods, and enhancing the resilience of people and communities," he said in keynote remarks
Graziano da Silva addresses High-Level Forum at AgroBalt 2018 in Lithuania

24 May 2018, Vilnius – Much more needs to be done around the world to stem food loss and waste, which is a vital for achieving sustainable development, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today speaking at a High Level Forum on the topic at the AgroBalt 2018 international exhibition.

He noted that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 calls for responsible production and consumption with the specific

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Director-General says it stresses need to protect agriculture and local food systems in conflict areas

24 May 2018, Rome - A United Nations Security Council Resolution on hunger and conflict today won praise from FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva for underscoring the critical role of safeguarding food production and rural livelihoods even under conditions of extreme violence and instability.

"We strongly welcome this unprecedented move by the Security Council to explicitly recognize the impact of armed conflict on hunger through the often vast displacement