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At a meeting with the FAO Director-General, Tom Tidwell stressed the tight link between forests and food security

24 June 2014, Rome- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with the United States Forest Service chief, Tom Tidwell, who was in Rome to attend the Committee on Forests (COFO) at FAO headquarters.

Graziano da Silva and Tidwell discussed several bilateral cooperation topics.

“We’ve been working with FAO for years and COFO is the opportunity to elevate the importance of forests around the world as well

Zuma raises concerns about the need to modernize agriculture and support rural women

23 June 2014 , Malabo- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, mettoday ahead of the opening of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee in Malabo.

The Director-General and the Chairperson exchanged views on the importance of women and youth, especially in this African Year of Agriculture and Food Security. Zuma raised a

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11 countries from COMIFAC will benefit from the FAO-led South-South Cooperation project

FAO and Brazilian development bank set first steps for agreement on forest monitoring in the Congo Basin

11 countries from COMIFAC will benefit from the FAO-led South-South Cooperation project

Rome, 23 June 2014 - The plan for an agreement to implement a FAO project on forest monitoring system in the ten countries from the Congo Basin officially kicked off this Monday.

According to this agreement, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES)

His Highness highlights the crucial role forests play in agricultural development in the developing world

23 June 2014, Rome - Prince Laurent of Belgium was today appointed FAO Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment.

The announcement was made by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Organization’s Committee on Forests (COFO) opening ceremony in Rome.

The appointment is in recognition of Prince Laurent’s longstanding efforts to promote global development and his passion for the environment, sustainable technologies, and animal health and well-being.


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National policies and programmes should have a stronger focus on the potential of forests to reduce poverty and spur rural development

23 June 2014 Rome - Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

FAO's flagship publication The State of the World's Forests (SOFO), presented today at the opening of the 22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO), shows that a significant proportion of the