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Latest update on food prices released

5 July 2012, Rome - The FAO Food Price Index fell for the third consecutive month in June 2012, dipping 1.8 percent from May to its lowest level since September 2010. The four-point drop in June brought the index to 201 points from a revised level of 205 points in May 2012.

The index now stands at 15.4 percent below its peak in February 2011. The average prices of

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SIS and FAO grant farming programme in El Salvador

29th June 2012 , Colón, El Salvador - Salvador’s Secretary of Social Inclusion (SIS) and First Lady, Vanda Pignato, and the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, inaugurated the programme Ciudad Mujer (Women’s City): Growing Future and Hope.

The representatives of both institutions signed a cooperation agreement that establishes that FAO will give technical assistance to start up the farming programme for Ciudad Mujer users, in Colón,

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Mobilizing political commitment for a hunger-free world

21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva today warmly welcomed the “Zero Hunger Challenge” announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“Big problems call for bold goals. The Zero Hunger Challenge can help us mobilize political commitment, the first step to eradicate hunger,” Graziano da Silva said at a high-level meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

“This is a personal challenge from the

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Support under plant genetics treaty fund announced during Rio+20

21 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - The European Union is contributing €5 million (6.5 million dollars) towards the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO announced today, at a high-level ministerial meeting on the plant treaty at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

The Benefit-sharing Fund helps farmers in developing countries manage crop diversity for food security and climate

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Discussions link hunger, poverty and sustainable development

Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012 - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said that countries were seizing the moment to transform our goals of sustainable development into action at the Rio+20 Conference.
"The common vision that is emerging from the Rio+20 document that countries are negotiating reflects the urgencies we have today: the urgency to end hunger and extreme poverty, while preserving the environment and our natural resources.