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Spotlight on nutrition, partnerships and empowering rural women

25 September 2012, New York – As the United Nations General Assembly gets under way, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva is in New York this week to participate in a number of high-level events and bilateral meetings on issues ranging from scaling-up nutrition interventions and empowering rural women to enhancing partnerships with civil society and addressing food security challenges in dry-land countries.

On Thursday, 27 September, the Director-General will participate

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Graziano da Silva opens meeting of FAO Committee on Forestry

24 September 2012, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva  today stressed the important role of forestry in sustainable development when he opened a five-day meeting of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO).
He noted that the nexus between forestry and sustainable development was  one of the cross-cutting issues considered at the Rio+20 Conference in June.
The 2012 Edition of FAO’s flagship publication the State of

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FAO Director-General meets with Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining
20 September 2012, Rome - Uruguay's Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay, Roberto Kreimerman, met yesterday with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Organization's headquarters in Rome.

During their meeting, Graziano da Silva and Kreimerman agreed on the need to address volatility of global agricultural prices. The Director-General noted the importance of existing international coordination mechanisms for the stabilization of commodity prices.

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FAO, France call for increased short- and long-term support to vulnerable populations

18 September 2012, Paris/Rome - Better international coordination and increased information exchange are helping to ease tight markets, French President François Hollande and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva agreed during discussions in Paris yesterday.

"France shares FAO's and the UN's position that we are not in a food price crisis, but we need to remain vigilant," said Graziano da Silva.

During the meeting, Graziano da Silva recognized the

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Increased role sought for world's religions in hunger fight
14 September 2012, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christian Church, as part of an ongoing effort to enlist the world's major religions more closely in the fight against hunger.

Patriarch Bartholomew told Graziano da Silva he is "very receptive" to the Director-General's invitation to play an increased role in