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FAO welcomes the new ‘one family, one farm’ policy

19 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met the State Minister for Finance of Bangladesh, M.A. Mannan, at FAO headquarters today.

The head of FAO noted that Bangladesh was one of the 38 countries from all regions in the world awarded by FAO in 2013 for having made outstanding progress in the fight against hunger, having met the Millennium Development Goal target for halving the proportion

FAO Director General and Bin Obaid Al-Mazrouei discuss research and development activities in Arab countries

19 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) Mohamed Bin Obaid Al-Mazrouei at FAO headquarters today.

Established in 1976, the AAAID is a financial institution based in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan, and with a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Bin Obaid Al-Mazrouei informed Graziano

Director-General welcomes Italian initiative to boost sustainable and inclusive growth on the continent

20 February 2014, Rome - The world had a common responsibility to support Africa as it strives to achieve inclusive agricultural and rural development, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at an Italy-Africa Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture in Rome.

The Director-General welcomed a new blueprint plan identifying ways in which Italy can support agricultural growth in the region that focuses on supporting small-scale farmers, strengthening the agri-food sector and promoting

FAO’s programme in the country is one of the largest in the world

19 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Federal Minister of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research of Pakistan, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, at FAO headquarters today.

Graziano da Silva reaffirmed FAO’s support to the Government and the people of Pakistan, a country where FAO has about 240 staff based in over 20 offices throughout the territory.

He also congratulated

Support to smallholder farmers focus of discussion with global corporation chief

19 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman discussed the importance of supporting smallholder famers at a meeting at FAO headquarters today.

“This meeting was an opportunity to discuss global issues that we need to solve, food security being obviously very high in the agenda,” the Unilever chief said. “The fact that almost a billion people go to bed