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Increased role sought for world's religions in hunger fight
14 September 2012, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christian Church, as part of an ongoing effort to enlist the world's major religions more closely in the fight against hunger.

Patriarch Bartholomew told Graziano da Silva he is "very receptive" to the Director-General's invitation to play an increased role in
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Move should help ease tight world market
14 September 2012, Rome - Argentina will export an additional 2.75 million tonnes of maize from its 2011/12 crop, the country's Minister of Agriculture Norberto Yauhar confirmed here today.

This will increase the amount of maize to be exported by Argentina from that harvest to 16.45 million tonnes, Yauhar told FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva when they met at FAO Headquarters.

"The additional shipments, together with
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No food crisis, but vigilance needed
13 September 2012, Rome - The Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, and the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, agreed this week that currently high international food prices do not amount to a crisis, but that continued vigilance is needed given existing tight markets.

At an hour-long meeting at FAO Headquarters, both Directors-General noted that the world is now better equipped to cope
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EBRD and FAO call on agribusiness to step up investment from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean
13 September 2012, Istanbul, London, Rome - The fight against hunger can only be won in partnership between governments, civil society and farmer organizations and the private sector, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today at a conference with decision-makers in agribusiness on ways to improve food security by investing in agriculture from Central Asia to North Africa.
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Figures “reassuring” but vigilance needed – FAO DG

6 September 2012, Rome - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 213 points in August 2012, unchanged from July.

Presenting the Index at a press conference at FAO headquarters in Rome, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said “This is reassuring. Although we should remain vigilant,  current prices do not justify talk of a world food crisis. But the international community can and should move to calm markets