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“This award belongs to rural development and the fight against hunger” – FAO Director-General

5 April 2014 Bucharest, Romania - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was awarded today with an honorary doctorate degree –“Honoris Causa”- by the Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine for his achievements and distinct commitment in the fight against hunger.

“A tribute to a person is always, fundamentally, an acknowledgment of the ideas and causes to which that person has devoted her or his life.

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FAO to ramp up support for family farming, more ‘inclusive’ agri-business, reduced food waste and losses, zero malnutrition in the region

4 April 2014, Bucharest – Recognizing the coexistence in the region of large-scale mechanized farming alongside more traditional family farms, the FAO Regional Conference held in Bucharest this week endorsed two over-arching initiatives for FAO to pursue in 2014-15: strengthening family farms and smallholder agriculture, and improving agri-food trade and regional trade integration.

Other major areas of work in the region will be: controlling agricultural pests and diseases

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Ambassador welcomes the commemoration of the International Year of Family Farming

3 April 2014, Bucharest, Romania – Strengthening cooperation with FAO and expanding FAO programmes in Uzbekistan – particularly on irrigation, water management and food safety issues  – were the focus of FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva’s meeting today with the Ilhomjon Nematov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

The meeting was conducted on the sidelines of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Europe, which is the Organization’s

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Discussion underlines the importance of family farming in the country

3 April 2014, Bucharest, Romania – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Krystyna Gurbel, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland.

The encounter took place on the margins of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Europe, which is the Organization’s regional governing body for Europe and Central Asia.

The Undersecretary of State expressed the interest of the Polish Government in celebrating the

©FAO/Mugur Varzariu.
Graziano da Silva meets Deputy Minister of Agriculture at the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Europe

3 April 2014, Bucharest, Romania – On the margins of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Europe, which is the Organization’s governing body for the Europe and Central Asia region, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Ilham Guliyev, Deputy Minister for Agriculture of Azerbaijan.

Graziano da Silva noted Azerbaijan’s status as an emerging donor and called upon the nation to actively cooperate with FAO.

The Deputy Minister said the