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28 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Qatar’s Minister of Environment Ahmad bin Amer Al-Hemaidi, at FAO headquarters today.

The State of Qatar has already achieved most of the MDGs before its target date of 2015.

This includes improvements towards  the eradication of poverty and hunger, universal primary education, gender equality in education, reduction of child and maternal mortality, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases,

Lahoud: “Since you took office, we feel that cooperation has increased tremendously”

28 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Lebanon’s Director General of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture) Louis Lahoud, at FAO headquarters today.

Both principals discussed the FAO projects for rural development currently under implementation in Lebanon.

“Since you took office, we feel that cooperation has increased tremendously,” Minister Lahoud told FAO Director-General.

Lebanon’s Director General for Agriculture highlighted the challenges facing the country’s agricultural sector.

Graziano da Silva

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The Minister congratulates Graziano da Silva for the high-level discussions at the Regional Conference for the Near East

28 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Mauritania’s Minister of Rural Development Brahim Ould Mohamed El Moctar Ould M'Mbareck, at FAO headquarters today.

Graziano da Silva thanked the Minister for the warm welcome received during his last visit to Nouakchott in October 2013.

“I have congratulated the FAO Director-General for the excellent organization, the topic selection and the high quality discussions of the Regional Conference

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FAO Director-General addresses Ministerial Meeting of the Organization’s Regional Conference for the Near East
27 February 2014, Rome -  The worsening of the food security situation in the Near East is not only caused by the structural constraints the region faces in producing enough food and an increasing dependence on food imports but by conflict, the flow of refugees and migration, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

Opening the two-day ministerial segment of FAO’s Regional Conference for the Near East,
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Graziano da Silva highlights the need for a concerted strategy in the country

27 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met withYemen’s Minister of  Agriculture and Irrigation Farid Ahmed Mogawar at FAO headquarters today.

On the sidelines of the Regional Conference for the Near East, a Special Event on Yemen was organized to draw the attention of all Members to  the importance of a joint coordinated approach to support Yemeni agriculture,  rural development and food security.

“The problems