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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

Zuma raises concerns about the need to modernize agriculture and support rural women

23 June 2014 , Malabo- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, mettoday ahead of the opening of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee in Malabo.

The Director-General and the Chairperson exchanged views on the importance of women and youth, especially in this African Year of Agriculture and Food Security. Zuma raised a

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11 countries from COMIFAC will benefit from the FAO-led South-South Cooperation project

FAO and Brazilian development bank set first steps for agreement on forest monitoring in the Congo Basin

11 countries from COMIFAC will benefit from the FAO-led South-South Cooperation project

Rome, 23 June 2014 - The plan for an agreement to implement a FAO project on forest monitoring system in the ten countries from the Congo Basin officially kicked off this Monday.

According to this agreement, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES)