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Social and economic costs of global malnutrition unacceptable
4 June 2013, Rome - Denouncing the huge social and economic costs of malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today called for resolute efforts to eradicate malnutrition as well as hunger from around the world.

In a recorded statement marking the launch of FAO's flagship annual publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), Graziano da Silva said that although the world
UN food agency heads call for hunger eradication by 2025
1 June 2013, Yokohama, Japan - The three heads of the Rome-based United Nations agencies today called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the centre of the international agenda for African development. Special attention should be given to supporting smallholder farmers to improve global food security and empowering rural women, addressing gender inequalities and enabling them to transform their own lives and the lives of their families
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Agreement signed during official visit by FAO Director-General
27 May 2012, Jakarta/Rome - Indonesia and FAO will strengthen cooperation in the field of marine affairs, fisheries and aquaculture under an agreement signed here today.

The three-year Memorandum of Agreement, which sets up a framework for future joint activities in those sectors, was signed by Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Sharif C. Sutardjo and by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, paying a three-day

27 May 2013, Rome, Italy - En el año 2000, los países miembros de las Naciones Unidas se comprometieron a crear ‘un mundo más pacífico, próspero y justo’ y a ‘liberar a los hombres, mujeres y niños de las condiciones lamentables e inhumanas de la extrema pobreza’. Los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio establecieron metas claras y fueron fundamentales a la hora de aunar esfuerzos e impulsar el

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Both renew commitments to continue advocating for agricultural development

22 May 2013, Rome, Italy – Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the President of Benin, Yayi Boni, at FAO headquarters.

Graziano da Silva praised Benin for its prioritization of agricultural development, noting that Benin allocated 12 percent of its national budget to agriculture, surpassing the 10 percent level called for by the 2003 Maputo Declaration. According to FAO data, Benin has reduced the undernourishment rate by more than