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The president of the Dominican Republic gives the keynote speech to FAO’s Committee on Agriculture

29 September 2014, Rome – “The only sustainable strategy to combat hunger is the revitalization of the countryside and its capacity to produce adequate food and incomes for rural households,” Danilo Medina, president of the Repubilc, said Monday in his keynote speech opening the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture, one of the main governing bodies for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

The president said the countryside

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In talks hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama, FAO Director-General outlines FAO's role in Global Health Security Agenda

26 September 2014, Washington, D.C. - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today stressed the need for controls on animal health to help curb the spread of Ebola and other infectious diseases dangerous to humans, during discussions hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The FAO chief joined leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and representatives from more than 40 countries at

FAO Director-General contributes his thoughts on Thomson Reuters Foundation blog

25 September 2014, New York - On the occasion of the 69th UN General Assembly underway in New York, the Director-General has published a joint blog co-authored and signed by Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland; Rosario Robles Berlanga, Secretary of Social Development of Mexico; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD and Ertharin

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FAO chief urges greater global political commitment to fight hunger

25 September 2014, Rome/New York - Global peace and sustainable development cannot be achieved without ending hunger, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today told participants at a high-level UN meeting in New York.

"Food security might not always be our first concern, but it should be," said the FAO chief highlighting the link between hunger and conflicts. He was speaking at "Delivering Zero Hunger - Demonstrating Impact"

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FAO Director-General and Secretary of State John Kerry participate in roundtable discussion on sustainable fisheries

25 September 2014, New York - Better management of the world's ocean resources is crucial to ensuring food global security, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said during a roundtable discussion with United States Secretary of State John Kerry held here today.

The event, "Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas", was organized as a follow-up to this week's UN climate summit and to take advantage