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Brazilian bishop dedicated his life to the poor of the land

6 May 2014, Santiago de Chile, Chile -FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva expressed sadness today over the death of Don Tomás Balduino, Bishop Emeritus of the city of Goiás and founder of the Catholic Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) and the Pastoral Land Commission.

“Don Tomás Balduino was an example of dignity, courage and determination in his efforts to promote social justice and in defense of the rural poor,” Graziano

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In break with past, Russia now has a top envoy solely dedicated to FAO

29 April 2014, Rome - Alexander Gorban, the first independent Permanent Representative of Russia to FAO, presented credential letters to FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva at FAO headquarters today.

The new envoy marks the first time Russia has deployed a diplomat with the sole duty of representing it at FAO and the other UN Rome-based agencies. In the past, the Russia’s bilateral Ambassador to Italy also had a

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Agreement aims to broaden awareness of food, agriculture and hunger issues

29 April 2014, Rome- FAO and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) are joining forces to promote wider global sharing of agricultural information and better highlight FAO’s activities in specialized agricultural media worldwide.

An agreement signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and IFAJ President Markus Rediger outlines various joint activities to be undertaken by the Organization and the 3,000+ journalists represented by the

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Graziano da Silva and President Obiang review progress of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund

28 April 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today held a meeting with the President of the Republicof Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, in Rome for the canonization events of popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

The FAO head informed President Obiang of progress made to date  under the auspices of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. Created in February 2013 and operating under FAO management, the fund

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South-South Cooperation agreement to reach a new level for the benefit of the region

23 April 2014, Meknes, Morocco – FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva met today with Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch, on the margins of the seventh  Forum on Agriculture in the Kingdom of Morocco.

Minister Akhannouch thanked the Director-General for attending the event and highlighted the positive impact his presence was having at this important forum.

The Director-General noted the “immense potential” of the South-South Cooperation agreement to which