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Strategic plans discussed at meeting with Director-General

22 June 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met yesterday with Christopher J. Elias, President of Global Development, Sam Dryden, Director of Agriculture Development, Stephen Landry, Director of Multilateral Partnerships and Josh Lozman, Deputy Director of Global Policy and Advocacy from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

They discussed the possibilities for improving cooperation between FAO and the Gates Foundation in areas such as statistics, especially for

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Minister requests support for country’s farmers’ associations

22 June 2013, Rome, Italy - Sri Lanka’s Minister Mahinda Yapa Abewardana congratulated FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on the success of FAO’s 38th  governing Conference.

He expressed his country’s interest in obtaining more quality seeds to boost crops production in Sri Lanka, and requested FAO’s support for the country’s farmers’ associations, possibly through the FAO’s fund-raising TeleFood projects.

Sri Lanka is currently Chair of the Group

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Singapore sets out the country’s food security strategy

22 June 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed Singapore’s admission as a new FAO Member when he met Mohamad Maliki Bin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Singapore Ministry for National Development here today. FAO’s governing Conference admitted Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and South Sudan to membership on June 15.

Turning to the country’s food security strategy, the Secretary explained that Singapore is not an

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Buthan, Thailand and FAO to collaborate in soil initiatives

22  June 2013, Rome - FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva  discussed soil and water issues at a meeting yesterday with  Bhutan Secretary for Agriculture and Forests, Sherab Gyaltshen.  

Expansion of urban areas  is rapidly eroding  Bhutan’s already limited resources of  arable land (7 percent of total geographical area), with fertile valley soils being lost to housing and shopping complexes, the Minister said. 

He  spoke of the collaboration between

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20 June 2013, Vatican City/Rome, Italy – Pope Francis lauded participants in the 38th FAO Conference for working together against hunger but urged countries to “move beyond indifference” in policies that exclude the most vulnerable and exacerbate hunger and poverty in the world. 

“It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous,” Pope