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UN celebrates Andean “super food”

New York, 20 February 2013 - Quinoa can play an important role in eradicating hunger, malnutrition and poverty, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the official launch of the International Year of Quinoa at UN Headquarters.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Evo Morales of Bolivia and First Lady Nadine Heredia Alarcón de Humala of Peru were among the high-level participants in a day-long

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FAO Director-General and Mali’s Minister for Agriculture stress need to restart local food production, build communities’ resilience
15 February 2013, Rome - With Mali's next agricultural season set to begin in May, there is an urgent need to help displaced farmers return to their lands and resume food production when and where the evolving security situation permits, FAO said today following talks between Malian Minister for Agriculture Baba Berthé and the Organization's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

Minister Berthé stressed the importance of targeting assistance
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"Bolder goal" needed for post-2015 period
14 February 2013, Rome -  FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today urged the international community to adopt a specific time frame for the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty.

He told a special joint meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council and the Economic and Financial Committee of the General Assembly  in New York:

"We are approaching 2015, the deadline for the Millennium
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FAO, IFAD and WFP work together to improve food security
14 February 2013, Rome – In acknowledgement of the importance of partnership in tackling global issues, the staff of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have today been recognized for their outstanding work together in Mozambique.

Over the past several years, the UN food agencies’ country teams have collaborated effectively to help
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Rome meeting consults on post-2015 development agenda

13 February 2013, Rome - A global multi-stakeholder consultation to discuss the world development agenda beyond 2015 has called for  food security and nutrition to be the central element in future development efforts. New development objectives should be established for the entire global community.

The one-day consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition in the Post-2015 Development Agenda stressed that food security and nutrition represent the cornerstone for