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Studies reveal extent of risks from pesticides in the region, show that field schools can dramatically cut their use

17 February 2014, Rome - Field schools that train farmers in alternative methods of pest control have succeeded in nearly eliminating the use of toxic pesticides by a community of cotton growers in Mali, according to a new FAO study published today by the London-based Royal Society.  

The study was conducted in two areas - the Bla region of southern Mali, where FAO established a field school program in

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Special event on the country to take place during the upcoming FAO Regional Conference for the Near East

14 February 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva wished Yemen success following the country’s recently announced move to become a federal state as he met with Mohamed Saeed Al Sa’adi, Yemen Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. The Minister noted that Yemen is now in need of the support of all international organizations and entities with experience in the management of regional and federal structures, especially

Graziano da Silva and Chan met to prepare for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in November

14 February 2014, Rome – FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) will continue to work closely on nutrition, food safety and antimicrobial resistance issues, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and WHO Director Margaret Chan said today. Graziano Da Silva thanked Chan for WHO’s strengthened cooperation and support for FAO’s work as the two leaders met with other senior officials at FAO Headquarters.

Graziano da Silva and Chan discussed

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French research institutions and FAO sharing a common view
3 February 2014, Rome – FAO and French research institutions will step up cooperation in key research areas and coordinate their actions within the global framework of FAO’s renewed strategy. Two agreements signed today cover a broad spectrum of joint activities, including agro-ecology, biodiversity, animal health, food loss, agrarian reforms and genetic resources, which will contribute to FAO’s Strategic Objectives.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva,
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$2 billion sought to help more than 20 million people at risk of food insecurity

3 February 2014, Rome - The United Nations and humanitarian partners launched today a three-year Regional Strategic Response Plan to provide aid to millions of people in nine countries in Africa's Sahel region. The plan seeks to mobilize an initial US$2 billion from international donors in 2014.

Some twenty million people are currently at risk of food insecurity in the Sahel and 2.5 million of them need urgent