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11 October 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General met Elisabeth Atangana and thanked her for her hard work with FAO as Ambassador for the International Year of Cooperatives in 2012.

Atangana, who is also the former president of the Pan African Farmers Forum (PAFFO) welcomed Director-General’s encouragements and underlined the importance of advocacy for support to farmers and their associations in African countries. She stressed the importance of “keeping farmers at

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Production and market access support for family farmers are the basis of the agreement signed today between FAO Director-General and Eataly CEO

18 October 2013, Rome, Italy –  Support to family farming through improved production and market access is essential in the fight against hunger. With this idea as a basis, FAO and Italian food chain Eataly signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering collaboration during the International Year of Family Farming in 2014 .

The agreement signed by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Eataly CEO Nicola Farinetti establishes various initiatives,

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A symbolic harvest and panel discussion on the Andean "super food" highlight the importance of quinoa and other underutilized crops in the fight against hunger

17 October, 2013, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Peru’s First Lady and Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa, Nadine Heredia , and Bolivian Minister of Rural Development and Lands, Nemecia Achacollo have participated today in a symbolic quinoa harvest in FAO headquarters. The harvest was by hand, as has been done for centuries in the Andean region.

The harvest was the first

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World Food Day observed in 150 countries
16 October 2013, Rome - Better food systems are required in order to defeat hunger and malnutrition around the globe was the key message coming from the observance of World Food Day at FAO headquarters.

World Food Day, commemorated in 150 countries, is also the anniversary of FAO's founding in 1945.

This year's observance takes place under the shadow of new hunger figures
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Organizations agree on a three-year action plan to improve the food security and resilience of vulnerable communities facing threats and disasters
16 October 2013, Rome - FAO has signed a new partnership agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),the world's largest humanitarian network, to help improve food security and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities.

FAO and the IFRC have agreed that FAO will provide technical guidance to complement IFRC's extensive network of 13 million volunteers - who in turn reach some 150