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Mediterranean forests risk being hit hard by climate change – new FAO report

21 March, 2013, Rome - On the first International Day of Forests, celebrated by the United Nations today, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva proposed that countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target in the context of the post-2015 debate.

"In many countries, illegal deforestation is degrading ecosystems, diminishing water availability and limiting the supply of fuelwood - all of which reduce food security, especially for

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Inclusive financing for rural poor can be instrumental in fighting hunger

21 March 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands met to discuss ways to support poor rural families in fighting hunger and extreme poverty by improving their access to financial services. 

Princess Máxima visited Rome in her capacity of UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. She met with Graziano da Silva before the two took part in a

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Vanda Pignata, also Secretary for Social Inclusion, praised FAO support for Ciudad Mujer initiative and looks to expand partnerships

20 March 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed the First Lady and Secretary of Social Inclusion of El Salvador, Vanda Pignata, to headquarters in Rome, where the two discussed the urgency of empowering women as key to food security, fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion.

Pignata has led a drive for transformational change by involving women and other marginalized groups in society.

FAO is supporting the

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Both note the need for partnerships with the private sector and beyond to end hunger

20 March 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mizengo Pinda, to Rome headquarters today. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of involving the private sector and other actors as key to continuing the country’s development through agriculture.

“Poverty is still a big issue in Tanzania, and we believe that agriculture is the answer to this problem,” Pinda said.

He

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Mexican President meets FAO Director-General
20 March 2013, Rome – FAO will support Mexico’s efforts to ensure that no one is left out in the fight against hunger, José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General assured the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during an encounter today in Rome.

“The National Crusade Against Hunger is a government priority. All our efforts should converge to assist vulnerable populations,” Peña Nieto said. “The Crusade focuses on those who