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Day will highlight role of soil in food security and ecosystem health

5 December 2012, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has welcomed the decision by the governing Council to observe the 5th of December as World Soil Day.

The day will serve as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of soils for food security and ecosystem functions.

The day has been commemorated unoffically since 2002, when it was adopted by the International Union of Soil Scientists. The date

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Governing Council reviews policy proposals
3 December 2012, Rome - Addressing the opening session of the governing Council, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked Members for their ongoing support to transformational changes in FAO, which allow the Organization to move forward with renewed focus and purpose.

In his statement, the FAO Director-General said that FAO needed to adapt to face the multidimensional challenges of today and explained what the proposed changes meant
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Governing Council reviews policy proposals
3 December 2012, Rome - Addressing the opening session of the governing Council, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked Members for their ongoing support to transformational changes in FAO, which allow the Organization to move forward with renewed focus and purpose.

In his statement, the FAO Director-General said that FAO needed to adapt to face the multidimensional challenges of today and explained what the proposed changes meant
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FAO meets with private sector groups to eye sustainable development efforts
30 November 2012, Rome – The private sector can make an important contribution to the fight against poverty and hunger, and promote sustainable food production and consumption, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, during a meeting with private sector associations and federations.

The Director-General spoke at FAO Headquarters to participants whose associations represent more than five-thousand companies. His remarks opened the first in a series of
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Investment key to long-term resilience

22 November 2012, Rome - Visiting Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva  today appealed for increased investment in the country in order to build its long-term resilience.

Graziano da Silva pledged FAO's support to Haiti through interventions that address both immediate crisis situations and the root causes of the island nation's food insecurity and poverty.

The objective, he said, is