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Leaders address closing session of FAO Conference

13 June 2015, Rome - Empowering family farmers, establishing safety nets to help those most in need escape poverty traps, and ensuring peace and inclusive economic growth in rural areas must be core elements in efforts to eradicate hunger once and for all, the presidents of Colombia and Mexico asserted in speeches made here today.

The two leaders addressed the closing session of FAO's governing Conference

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Highlights the importance of "mobilizing will" in the fight against hunger and malnutrition in address to FAO Conference

12 June 2015, Rome - Queen Letizia of Spain has been named FAO Special Ambassador for Nutrition in a ceremony here today.

The appointment was made in recognition of the Queen's personal commitment to building a world free from hunger and malnutrition, and Spain's efforts to promote global food and nutritional security.

It also reflects the Queen's strong interest in scientific research that

Bhekokwakhe Cele met FAO Director-General during FAO Conference

Rome, 11 June 2015 - South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bhekokwakhe Cele has highlighted the importance of 15th World Forestry Congress, to be held in September in Durban (Africa), during a meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the sidelines of the 39th session of the FAO Conference.

According to the Minister, this year’s Congress will gather the global forestry community of experts and

Honeybees play key role for agriculture production and preservation of eco-systems

11 June 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Slovenia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Zidan, who presented the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association initiative to propose to the United Nations that May 20th is declared a World Bee Day and requested FAO’s support.

Slovenia, where local beekeepers have an ancient tradition of paniting their hives, is requesting FAO’s support for

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Stresses importance of solidarity to achieve food security, good nutrition, reducing food waste
11 June 2015, Rome/Vatican City - The international community must respond to the moral imperative of ensuring access to basic foods as "a right of all people," Pope Francis told delegates to the 39th FAO Conference during a special audience at the Vatican today.

"If all Member states work for one another, consensus for action by FAO will not be late in arriving, and moreover, FAO's original role