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His Highness highlights the crucial role forests play in agricultural development in the developing world

23 June 2014, Rome - Prince Laurent of Belgium was today appointed FAO Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment.

The announcement was made by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Organization’s Committee on Forests (COFO) opening ceremony in Rome.

The appointment is in recognition of Prince Laurent’s longstanding efforts to promote global development and his passion for the environment, sustainable technologies, and animal health and well-being.

As

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National policies and programmes should have a stronger focus on the potential of forests to reduce poverty and spur rural development

23 June 2014 Rome - Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

FAO's flagship publication The State of the World's Forests (SOFO), presented today at the opening of the 22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO), shows that a significant proportion of the

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FAO Director-General and the Philippine’s Agriculture Undersecretary review the successful joint response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan

19 June 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with the Philippine’s Agriculture Undersecretary, Segfredo Serrano, at the Organization’s headquarters in Rome.  

Graziano da Silva thanked the Undersecretary for the successful collaboration carried out between the Government of the Philippines, FAO and other international agencies, which led to a fruitful immediate response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.  He

“The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is an initiative of exceptional importance,” Minister says

19 June 2014, Roma – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today held a meeting with Bulgaria’s Minister for Agriculture and Food, Dimitar Grekov, who was in Rome to attend the FAO Council.

Graziano da Silva and Grekov discussed several bilateral cooperation topics, including the key role academia and research institutes play in achieving food security and good nutrition for all.

“Education in agriculture does not only bring benefits to the

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Intensified cooperation to strengthen water and food security
18 June 2014, Marseille/Rome - The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to intensify their collaboration in a bid to strengthen global water and food security.

Long-time partners, the two organizations will expand their joint work on a number of fronts, including: knowledge and technology development to enhance water productivity; the education of water management