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“Most farmers have gone back to their farms,” Minister Mohamed reported

26 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Abdi Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Agriculture of the Somali Federal Government, at FAO headquarters today.

Graziano da Silva thanked the Minister for his Government’s continued support for FAO’s work in Somalia and welcomed its efforts to improve the economy, food security, peace and state building through its engagement and endorsement of the New Deal Compact for fragile

Oman lauds FAO’s efforts in raising awareness on water scarcity in the NERC-32

26 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Undersecretary for Agriculture of Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Ahmed bin Nasser AlBakry at FAO headquarters today.

Graziano da Silva congratulated the Undersecretary on his recent appointment and expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome received during his recent visit to Oman.  

He noted the great potential that he observed in the fisheries and aquaculture

25 February 2014, Paris/Rome – Increased collaboration between countries is key to promoting food security in the Mediterranean, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

Speaking at a side event on food security and agricultural development in the Mediterranean at the Salon International de l’Agriculture in Paris, the Director-General underlined that improved cooperation and political dialogue was essential to fight hunger across the entire region.

He also stressed

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Minister Ploumen stresses the importance of partnering with the private sector, civil society and research institutions in the fight against hunger

25 February 2014, Rome- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked The Netherlands’ Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen for the country’s long-standing financial and intellectual contributions and support to the Organization’s work as the two leaders met for the first time at FAO headquarters today.

Graziano da Silva thanked Minister Ploumen for the flexibility of the contributions by the Government of the Netherlands, as the country

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Graziano da Silva highlights the importance of the Minister’s presence at the Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC-32)

24 February 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked Iraq’s Minister of Agriculture, His Excellency Ezz Eddin Abdullah Hussain Al Dawlah, for the country’s long-standing cooperation and support to FAO, as they met on the sidelines of the 32nd Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC) at FAO headquarters today.

The Minister reported on the good start of the NERC-32 and congratulated the Director-General for the numerous