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Support to smallholder farmers focus of discussion with global corporation chief

19 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman discussed the importance of supporting smallholder famers at a meeting at FAO headquarters today.

“This meeting was an opportunity to discuss global issues that we need to solve, food security being obviously very high in the agenda,” the Unilever chief said. “The fact that almost a billion people go to bed

Los avances y las propuestas regionales en el marco del Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar centran la conversación

19 Febrero 2014, Roma – El Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, ha agradecido hoy el papel desempeñado por la Confederación de Organizaciones de Productores Familiares del MERCOSUR (COPROFAM) en la campaña para el Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar durante un encuentro mantenido con sus dirigentes en la sede de la Organización en Roma.

Graziano da Silva ha destacado que el Año Internacional de la Agricultura

L'agriculture, la pêche et la surveillance maritime au cœur du débat

Rome, 18 février 2014 – M. José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO, a rencontré M. Luc Oyoubi, Ministre gabonais de l’agriculture, de l’élevage, de la pêche et de la sécurité alimentaire, au siège de l’Organisation. Le Directeur général a félicité M. Oyoubi pour sa récente nomination et l’a remercié pour sa participation à la Conférence régionale de la FAO pour l'Afrique. 

Au cours de leur entretien, le

Studies reveal extent of risks from pesticides in the region, show that field schools can dramatically cut their use

17 February 2014, Rome - Field schools that train farmers in alternative methods of pest control have succeeded in nearly eliminating the use of toxic pesticides by a community of cotton growers in Mali, according to a new FAO study published today by the London-based Royal Society.  

The study was conducted in two areas - the Bla region of southern Mali, where FAO established a field school program in

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Special event on the country to take place during the upcoming FAO Regional Conference for the Near East

14 February 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva wished Yemen success following the country’s recently announced move to become a federal state as he met with Mohamed Saeed Al Sa’adi, Yemen Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. The Minister noted that Yemen is now in need of the support of all international organizations and entities with experience in the management of regional and federal structures, especially