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Buthan, Thailand and FAO to collaborate in soil initiatives

22  June 2013, Rome - FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva  discussed soil and water issues at a meeting yesterday with  Bhutan Secretary for Agriculture and Forests, Sherab Gyaltshen.  

Expansion of urban areas  is rapidly eroding  Bhutan’s already limited resources of  arable land (7 percent of total geographical area), with fertile valley soils being lost to housing and shopping complexes, the Minister said. 

He  spoke of the collaboration between

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20 June 2013, Vatican City/Rome, Italy – Pope Francis lauded participants in the 38th FAO Conference for working together against hunger but urged countries to “move beyond indifference” in policies that exclude the most vulnerable and exacerbate hunger and poverty in the world. 

“It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous,” Pope

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Important to strengthen country’s food security

20 June 2013, Rome - The Director-General met with H.E. Farid Ahmed Mogawar, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Yemen. The Minister expressed his country’s support for the reform process undertaken by the Director-General and congratulated him on the progress achieved. The Minister also referred Director-General’s visit to Yemen earlier this year and noted the resulting progress made in relations between his country and the Organization. 

The Minister touched

20 June 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO welcomes the G8’s continued commitment to food security and improving food security global governance. This commitment is a common thread between the Lough Erne G8 Summit and the FAO Conference ongoing in Rome.

The G8 has emphasized the need to improve governance of land. FAO is already helping countries implement the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure approved by the

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Government of Angola donates $10 million to fund food security actions in the region
20 June 2013, Rome - Angola announced it will give $10 million to the new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund administered by FAO, to be invested in promoting food security in Africa.

The announcement, made by Afonso Pedro Canga, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Angola, came at the official launch of the fund at a side event during the 38th FAO Conference, the Organization's