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Farmers, critical in preserving the diversity and quality of soils

5 February 2015, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with representatives from the World Farmers Organization, a group of agricultural producers that aims to strengthen farmers' positions within value chains, with a particular focus on smallholder farmers.

The Director-General congratulated the WFO for increasing its membership and regional coverage.

He also praised WFO’s active engagement in the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, and welcomed its support

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"Milan Charter" will help spur global dialogue on pivotal role of hunger and malnutrition in sustainable development

7 February 2015, Milan - With its theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" the 2015 World Expo offers a chance to mobilize public opinion around the pressing need to make the eradication of hunger and malnutrition central pillars of the global development agenda, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told world leaders gathered here today.

Speaking at a high-level event organized by the Italian government

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Cooperation between Russia and FAO on agriculture and food security issues to deepen

5 February, 2015, Rome - FAO will open a Liaison Office in Moscow in order to strengthen cooperation links between the Russian Federation and the Organization in the areas of agriculture and food security.

Under the terms of a Host Country Agreement signed today at FAO headquarters, the new office is set to open later this year.

"The opening of the liaison office opens up new partnership opportunities

Un equipo multidisciplinar formado por expertos indígenas y de la FAO trabajará en materia de nutrición, comercialización y semillas

Roma, 3 de febrero de 2015 – El Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, destacó el rol fundamental de los pueblos indígenas en la lucha por la seguridad alimentaria y el desarrollo sostenible durante  una reunión de alto nivel sobre Sistemas alimentarios  indígenas, agroecología y directrices voluntarias de tenencia de la tierra, la pesca y los bosques celebrada en la sede de la Organización en Roma. 

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FAO member countries to vote in June at biennial conference
1 February 2015, Rome - José Graziano da Silva, the current Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will be the sole candidate in upcoming elections for the agency's top leadership post.

At the close of the deadline  yesterday, 31 January, the only nomination received from member countries of FAO was that of the Government of Brazil, which had put forward the name of