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FAO Director-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa sign an agreement to boost African agricultural development

27 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Carlos Lopes, today signed an agreement to boost African agricultural development.

“I am delighted to sign this agreement with UNECA and long standing friend Carlos Lopes,” the FAO Director-General said. “We are opening a new era of cooperation and, together, we will explore new areas for boosting

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FAO Director-General at Africa Union Summit – Zero Hunger commitment "a historic occasion"
26 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva today congratulated African leaders attending the AU Summit here for "raising the bar" in the fight against hunger.

The continent's renewed effort to boost regional food security include strengthening the Africa-owned CAADP strategy for agriculture development by including links to social protection, establishing an Africa-for-Africa South-South Cooperation food security trust fund and, most importantly,
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Activities reflect African priorities, including youth employment and nutrition

25 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea– The FAO-managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund today gave a green light to four new, continent-spanning projects at a ceremony during the African Union Summit, being held here this week.

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, a key supporter of the fund, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva were in attendance.

The projects, worth $16 million, will span

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FAO Director-General meets Russia’s Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment and head of the national Forestry Agency

24 June 2014, Roma – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Russia’s Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment and head of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency, Vladimir Lebedev, who was in Rome to attend the Committee on Forestry (COFO) at FAO headquarters.

Both sides emphasized the importance of COFO discussions to step up the reflection of forestry issues in the sustainable global development agenda.

Deputy Minister Lebedev

At a meeting with the FAO Director-General, Tom Tidwell stressed the tight link between forests and food security

24 June 2014, Rome- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the United States Forest Service chief, Tom Tidwell, who was in Rome to attend the Committee on Forests (COFO) at FAO headquarters.

Graziano da Silva and Tidwell discussed several bilateral cooperation topics.

“We’ve been working with FAO for years and COFO is the opportunity to elevate the importance of forests around the world as well