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Adverse effects of Syria crisis discussed

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy – Jordan’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Agriculture Hazem Al Nasser has expressed his support for the reforms undertaken by FAO and his confidence in the Director-General’s leadership of the Organization. 

At their bilateral meeting yesterday, Al Nasser also underscored the importance of collaborating with FAO in various fields such as  desert locust control and helping small-scale farmers. The Minister and Graziano da Silva further discussed

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Hungary also hosting meeting on family farming in 2014

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy - Sandor Fazekas, Hungary’s Minister for Rural Development and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva discussed preparations for next October’s Budapest Water Summit at a meeting here yesterday. The Director-General said he would like to take that opportunity to meet with leading Hungarian scholars and academics.

The Director-General expressed his support for an event which Hungary intends to organize in 2014 in the

Atomic Energy agency head addresses FAO Conference

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy – The FAO and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which have had a strong partnership since 1964 through its Joint FAO/IAEA Division for the application of nuclear techniques in food and agriculture, have signed an agreement that aims to strengthen further the relationship.

The agencies have agreed to discuss the enhancement and modernisation of the joint FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology laboratories, situated at Seibersdorf, 35 km

Director-General meets with Nicaraguan Vice-President

19 June 2013, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Nicaraguan Vice-President Omar Halleslevens Acevedo concurred on the importance of promoting gender equity when they met at FAO headquarters today.
During the meeting the Vice-President noted that under Nicaraguan law, 50 percent of public posts must be filled by women. Women are also the main beneficiaries of family grants that help them carry on activities such

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19 juin 2013, Rome, Italy - Stéphane Le Foll, France’s Minister of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Forestry and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva have agreed on the need to work to cut food waste and losses, currently amounting to one third of annual world production.

Le Foll told the Graziano da Silva that France recently introduced a National Pact against food waste aimed at halving the amount