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“Information is crucial to make decisions,"Portuguese Minister says

7 October 2014, Rome – Good knowledge and information transparency on food commodities is of extreme importance for small-holder farmers to make decisions, Portugal’s Minister for Agriculture and Sea, Assunção Cristas, said in Rome, where she attended the Third Ministerial Meeting on Governance and International Commodity Markets.

The Minister highlighted the importance of making food commodities’ prices more transparent to allow “better options and better decisions as they have to decide

Transportation and infrastructure problems biggest obstacle to sharing maize and rice surplus with neighboring countries

7 October 2014, Rome - With 1.6 million tons of maize and 800 000 tons of rice surpluses, Tanzania has achieved self-sufficiency in these two commodities and now stands ready to share the food it produces with other African countries.

Following a meeting yesterday with FAO's Director-General, Christopher Chiza, the country's Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, attributed this success to “interventions done by the government to involve the private

AMIS’s next chairman to promote more transparency for greater certainty in the markets

7 October 2014, Rome - “One of the things we learned from the food price spikes in 2008 is that good and reliable information can help mitigate them and reduce some of the volatility in the markets”, the United Kingdom’s Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, said yesterday after a meeting with FAO Director-General.

Eustice was in Rome to attend a ministerial meeting hosted

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FAO Director-General urges a review of market governance institutions to boost voice of smallholders
6 October 2014, Rome - Governments ought to review the way international agricultural commodity markets are governed, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from around the world gathered for a meeting on the subject Monday.

Commodity markets caught global attention due to volatile food prices in the past five years. While prices are currently declining, Graziano da Silva noted that underlying issues lurk
South Africa’s Agriculture Minister highlights the role of local communities in forest protection

6 October 2014, Rome - “As the first of its kind in the African continent, we want the World Forestry Congress to be not only a success but a trendsetter,” South Africa’s Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzini Zokwana, said today.

Remarks were made after a meeting with FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva in which they discussed the preparation for the 14th World Forestry Congress to be held in