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FAO to join UNAOC’s Group of Friends, enhancing food as part of culture

29 August 2014, Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia - Stimulating food diversity is not just about recognizing the value of food as part of a national culture, but it is also a means of enhancing the production of local food as a part of the solution to world hunger.

In this context, FAO is set to formalize next month its membership of the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of

OIC invites FAO to work with the planned Astana-based Islamic Organization on Food Security

29 August 2014, Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia –  FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and the Secretary-General of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad bin Amin Madani, have agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation during a bilateral meeting at the margins of the 6th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, in Denpasar, Bali.

The OIC Secretary-General stressed how the issue of food security has gained momentum in

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FAO Director-General addresses 6th Global Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations

29 August 2014, Bali – “Hunger leads to conflict and conflict exacerbates hunger,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the 6th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

The two-day (29-30 August) event is being held in Bali, Indonesia under the theme “Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Diversity for Common and Shared Values”.

Participants include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, political

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"Without peace there can be no end to hunger, and without ending hunger, there cannot be peace"
25 August 2014, Rome - Greater progress in the effort to slash world hunger and malnutrition will pay a "peace dividend" by reducing pressures that feed into social unrest and civil conflict, FAO said today.

Announcing today FAO's partnership in a major inter-religious all-star football "Match for Peace" taking place on 1 September at Rome's storied Olympic Stadium, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said:
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meets Minister of Education Henrique Paim on first day of official visit to Brazil

19 August 2014, Brasilia- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Henrique Paim, Brazil's Minister of Education, discussed ways to expand support for Brazil's international school feeding programs in Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa.

Currently 13 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean receive technical advice from Brazil related to school feeding programs. Some 5,200 technicians in the region have received training and over 13,000 students have participated in