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12 February 2013, Rome, Italy - A group of German Parliamentarians met with Graziano da Silva on Monday to discuss hunger eradication, food security, sustainable agriculture and the importance of smallholders. The Parliamentarians and the Director-General emphasized that smallholders are key to ending hunger and ensuring sustainable food production and agreed on the need to strengthen partnerships to promote food security. The Director-General thanked Germany for its strong support

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The two organizations commit to jointly support education, information exchange and awareness raising on food and nutrition

11 February 2013, Rome – FAO and the International Academy of Gastronomy (AIG) will combine their strengths to combat hunger and poverty, with particular emphasis on food price volatility, the promotion of sustainable food consumption, the conservation of biodiversity and the revalorization of neglected crops.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect with AIG, a non-profit organization that aims

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In a meeting with Graziano da Silva the President praises FAO’s development work on the ground and its efforts to become more efficient

8 February 2013, Rome - The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, met with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today to discuss the global battle against hunger and poverty and the work of FAO.

Since January, Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Higgins voiced support for the FAO in its goal of combating hunger and poverty worldwide, and of ensuring enough

High-level meetings discuss economic and political crisis, humanitarian needs

6 February 2013, Sana’a, Yemen ­– FAO and Yemen have signed an action plan for the next two years that gives priority to urgent humanitarian problems caused by political and social instability and a refugee influx from the Horn of Africa.

The plan was signed during a two-day official visit to Yemen by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

Under the plan, FAO will also give priority support to economic growth in rural

FAO Director-General in Emirates for high-level talks

03 February 2013, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – FAO and the Government of the United Arab Emirates are to explore FAO’s proposal to create a special fund to eradicate hunger in the Near East and North Africa. A similar fund was recently set up in Africa under FAO auspices.

Creation of the fund was discussed during an official one-day visit by  FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva to