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FAO’s programme in the country is one of the largest in the world

19 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Federal Minister of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research of Pakistan, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, at FAO headquarters today.

Graziano da Silva reaffirmed FAO’s support to the Government and the people of Pakistan, a country where FAO has about 240 staff based in over 20 offices throughout the territory.

He also congratulated

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Support to smallholder farmers focus of discussion with global corporation chief

19 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman discussed the importance of supporting smallholder famers at a meeting at FAO headquarters today.

“This meeting was an opportunity to discuss global issues that we need to solve, food security being obviously very high in the agenda,” the Unilever chief said. “The fact that almost a billion people go to bed

Los avances y las propuestas regionales en el marco del Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar centran la conversación

19 Febrero 2014, Roma – El Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, ha agradecido hoy el papel desempeñado por la Confederación de Organizaciones de Productores Familiares del MERCOSUR (COPROFAM) en la campaña para el Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar durante un encuentro mantenido con sus dirigentes en la sede de la Organización en Roma.

Graziano da Silva ha destacado que el Año Internacional de la Agricultura

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Agriculture, fisheries and maritime surveillance, at the center of the discussion

18 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Luc Oyoubi,  Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security of Gabon at FAO headquarters today. He congratulated the newly appointed minister and thanked him for participating in FAO’s Regional Conference for Africa.

During the meeting, the Director-General expressed his gratitude to the Government of Gabon for the interest shown in the development of the Africa Solidarity

Studies reveal extent of risks from pesticides in the region, show that field schools can dramatically cut their use

17 February 2014, Rome - Field schools that train farmers in alternative methods of pest control have succeeded in nearly eliminating the use of toxic pesticides by a community of cotton growers in Mali, according to a new FAO study published today by the London-based Royal Society.  

The study was conducted in two areas - the Bla region of southern Mali, where FAO established a field school program in