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Small-scale farming and local production have big role to play
27 September 2012, New York - Promotion of traditional foods and better food and nutrition education can improve diets and help mitigate the impact of high international food prices, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a high-level meeting on nutrition held on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

The event, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, brought together political, business, scientific and civil society

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UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP: empowerment of women in rural areas is pre-requisite for global food security

New York/Rome, 27 September 2012 - UN Women and the three Rome-based United Nations agencies working on food and agriculture today launched a joint programme to empower poor rural women through economic integration and food security initiatives.

The programme, Accelerating Progress Toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women, is a five-year initiative of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Food

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Stresses need to build long-term resilience in talks with African Union Commission
27 September 2012, New York - FAO Director-General Jose' Graziano da Silva has appealed for both immediate and long-term actions by the international community to build the resilience of populations in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel to cope with food crises. Graziano da Silva met during the UN General Assembly in New York with Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Designated Chairperson of the African Union Commission. 


26-09-2012 - New York, USA - The Director-General met with FAO Goodwill Ambassador Carl Lewis in New York to discuss future opportunities to continue the former Olympian world champion’s activities in promoting the cause of global hunger eradication.
The meeting took place against the background of the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly, attended by Director-General Graziano da Silva and Carl Lewis who was participating in a press

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Nadine Heredia will join forces with Bolivian President Evo Morales to promote Andean “super crop”
26 September 2012, New York  -FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva yesterday invited Peruvian First Lady Nadine Heredia Alarcón de Humala to act as an FAO Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa.

The FAO chief, in New York for the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, noted that the invitation "comes in recognition of Mrs. Heredia's work in support of the role