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FAO to provide technical help under two-year project
17 October 2012, Rome - FAO will provide Sierra Leone with technical assistance to improve the country's capacity to anticipate, plan for and respond to food security and nutrition threats under a two-year project signed here today.

The project will focus on development of information network systems and human resources to facilitate food security planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

FAO's contribution will include the establishment of
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South-South cooperation for rural development, stronger agricultural livelihoods

17 October 2012, Rome - Brazil and FAO signed a new South-South cooperation agreement today worth $20 million that aims to channel Brazilian expertise in cotton production to other developing countries.

The four year collaborative effort between FAO, the Brazilian Cotton Institute (Instituto Brasileño del Algodón, IBA) and the external cooperation wing of Brazil’s Foreign Relations Ministry (Agencia Brasileña de Cooperación, MRE) will target participating countries

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16 October 2012, Rome, Italy - The International Cooperative Agricultural Organization (ICAO) a sectoral organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the World Farmers’ Organisation, representing farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives from around the world, are happy to join in celebrating the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s World Food Day.

Celebrated in more than 150 countries today, World Food Day reminds us of the importance of feeding every member of

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Ministers meet to discuss food price volatility

16 October 2012, Rome - Continuing food price volatility requires improved global governance of food security FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a ministerial meeting on food price volatility today attended by some 20 ministers.

"Food prices and volatility have increased in recent years. This is expected to continue in the medium-term," he said.

"In this context, it is important to improve governance of

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World Food Day observed in 150 countries

16 October 2012, Rome - Agricultural cooperatives, already enriching millions of small-scale farmers, could expand and make an even greater contribution against poverty and hunger, if they were given the right support by governments, civil society and academia.

That is the key message of this year's World Food Day, observed today in 150 countries. The theme this year focuses on "Agricultural cooperatives - key to feeding the