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“Governments must pursue integrated rural development as the basis for modern agriculture” – John Kufuor

17 October 2014, Rome - The public sector must pursue integrated rural development as the basis for modernized and commercial agriculture, former President of the Republic of Ghana John Kufuor said at FAO yesterday a meeting with its Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, yesterday.

“The public sector should provide the environment for the private sector, the farmers, to grow efficiently and this the public sector can do by pursuing integrated

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FAO report urges enabling the world’s half billion family farmers to be agents of change
16 October  2014, Rome -Nine out of ten of the world's 570 million farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant form of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in achieving sustainable food security and in eradicating hunger in the future, according to a new U.N. report released today.

Family farms produce about 80 percent of the world's food.
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World Food Day stresses need for innovation, participation and inclusion

16 October 2014, Rome - While substantial progress has been made in the fight against hunger in recent years, more than 800 million people remain hungry and efforts need to be increased to reach the global target of cutting the percentage of hungry people in half by 2015, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in his opening remarks at the annual World Food Day ceremony, held at FAO

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Plenary of CFS endorses guidance to ensure investment in agriculture and food systems benefits local food security and workers’ rights
16 October 2014, Rome -- Governments from around the world have approved a landmark set of principles meant to guide investment in agriculture and food systems, aimed at assuring that cross-border and corporate investment flows lead to improved food security and sustainability and respect the rights of farm and food workers.

The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems were approved by the
Graziano da Silva addresses private sector representatives attending the CFS

16 October 2015, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, urged private sector representatives to contribute to the creation of conditions that ensure responsible investments in food production and agriculture.

“Investment is a private decision. It’s your decision. You are the only ones responsible for investments, which however need an enabling environment,” the FAO Director-General said speaking to members of the Private Sector Mechanism partnership attending the Committee on