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Cooperatives put human beings at the center

31 October 2012, Manchester - FAO Special Ambassador for Cooperatives Roberto Rodrigues received the Rochdale Pioneers Award on Wednesday in recognition of his efforts to promote this business model over the past decades.

In accepting the prize, Rodrigues praised cooperatives as an alternative social and economic model that puts human beings at the center.

The award was announced during the Cooperatives United World Festival in Manchester,

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Poor farmers gain access to markets, reduce poverty, says FAO chief

31 October 2012, Rome - One of the only chances small-scale food producers have to gain competitive access to local and global markets is by banding together in cooperatives, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a meeting of the World Cooperatives Congress in Manchester today.

The International Year of Cooperatives is being observed in 2012.

"Cooperatives follow core values and principles that are critical to

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Enhanced collaboration aimed at defeating hunger and undernourishment
25 October 2012, Rome - FAO handed over a workstation for Civil Society organizations (CSOs) today to renew its commitment in enhancing collaboration with social movements.  

"Civil Society is a key FAO partner in ending hunger and malnutrition and the provision of this workstation is a tangible sign of trust and confidence between FAO and Civil Society," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, addressing
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Urges eradication of undernourishment in people's lifetimes

24 October 2012 Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today called on international food communities and all players  in the global food system to join together in eradicating  hunger from the earth "within our lifetimes".

Opening the bi-annual Terra Madre conference organized in Turin by Slow Food International, he said achieving zero hunger would, among other measures, require moving to eliminate food losses and waste.

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Former U.S. senator and ambassador to the UN food agencies George McGovern fought hunger at home and abroad

22 October 2012, Rome - "Today we have lost a tireless advocate for the world's hungry," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, paying tribute to former US Senator George McGovern, who died at a hospice near his home in the US state of South Dakota. He was 90.

"His work drafting legislation in his own country to meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable women, infants and children