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Hungary also hosting meeting on family farming in 2014

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy - Sandor Fazekas, Hungary’s Minister for Rural Development and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva discussed preparations for next October’s Budapest Water Summit at a meeting here yesterday. The Director-General said he would like to take that opportunity to meet with leading Hungarian scholars and academics.

The Director-General expressed his support for an event which Hungary intends to organize in 2014 in the

Atomic Energy agency head addresses FAO Conference

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy – The FAO and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which have had a strong partnership since 1964 through its Joint FAO/IAEA Division for the application of nuclear techniques in food and agriculture, have signed an agreement that aims to strengthen further the relationship.

The agencies have agreed to discuss the enhancement and modernisation of the joint FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology laboratories, situated at Seibersdorf, 35 km

Director-General meets with Nicaraguan Vice-President

19 June 2013, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Nicaraguan Vice-President Omar Halleslevens Acevedo concurred on the importance of promoting gender equity when they met at FAO headquarters today.
During the meeting the Vice-President noted that under Nicaraguan law, 50 percent of public posts must be filled by women. Women are also the main beneficiaries of family grants that help them carry on activities such

Minister underlines importance of cooperation with FAO

18 June 2013, Rome -  Tajik Minister for Agriculture Kosim Kosimov expressed strong support for FAO reform and decentralization at a meeting with Director-General José Graziano da Silva here today. The Minister also underlined Tajikistan excellent cooperation with FAO over the last15 years and expressed special appreciation of the Organization’s current  work in his country. 

Kosimov and Graziano da Silva noted with satisfaction the  progress made since the 28th FAO 

Minister offers FAO the country’s agricultural experience and traditions

18 June 2013, Rome -  Bulgarian Minister for Agriculture and Food Dimitar Grekov offered to make his country’s  agricultural knowledge and traditions available to FAO at a meeting with the Director-General here today. José Graziano da Silva congratulated the Minister on his recent appointment and welcomed his offer, noting Bulgaria’s regional role and its wide technical experience and knowledge of agriculture.