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Director-General in New York to promote importance of partnerships

23 September 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva is in New York this week for the opening of the 68th UN General Assembly with the message that real change in society – especially the end of hunger – only occurs when many social actors join forces.

In addition to talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and bilateral meetings, the Director-General is expected to participate

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New private sector partnership with Dutch bank will benefit farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania
20 September 2013, Rome - The Rabobank Foundation and FAO will share knowledge, innovation and financial resources in a broad strategy to make a difference in the lives of small-holder farmers and the rural poor in Africa.

An agreement signed at FAO headquarters sets out how the organizations will work together on development projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The projects will improve the income of
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Agreement covers knowledge exchange, resilience, women’s leadership support and poverty measurement
17 September 2013, Rome - Grameen Foundation and FAO will work closely to enhance small-holder farmer access to knowledge and technologies for sustainable production and food security through the use of mobile agriculture supported services.

The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) also aimed at improving farming innovation exchange, strengthening small-holder households to gain better access to agricultural and rural financial services
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Talks reinforce coordination on tropical forest basins

18 September 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, met Henri Djombo, Minister of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Congo, on 18 September.

Both leaders exchanged views on issues of common interest, including a proposal by Congo to improve coordination among the world’s three tropical forest basins. In this context, Graziano da Silva underlined that the issue had also been raised during his

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AGORA makes online scientific literature available to over 100 poor countries - Tenth anniversary celebrated in Rome

16 September 2013, Rome - AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world's poorest countries.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in