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Agriculture Minister invites Rome-based agencies to South Africa

19 June 2013, Rome –  The upcoming birthday party which South Africa is preparing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday next month will be a thematic event on food security and nutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was told.

The news was given to him by South African Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Tina Joemat-Pettersson when the  Director-General enquired about Mandela’s health during a meeting  yesterday. The South African statesman

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Director General given full support on Programme of Work and Budget

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Juma Bin Ahmed Alkaabi, Bahraini Minister for Municipalities and Urban Planning, as well as with the Undersecretary of the Ministry for Agriculture and Marine Resources yesterday. Both delegates expressed their full support for FAO’s Programme of Work and Budget and the Minister reiterated that his country wants to become and even more active member of

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Adverse effects of Syria crisis discussed

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy – Jordan’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Agriculture Hazem Al Nasser has expressed his support for the reforms undertaken by FAO and his confidence in the Director-General’s leadership of the Organization. 

At their bilateral meeting yesterday, Al Nasser also underscored the importance of collaborating with FAO in various fields such as  desert locust control and helping small-scale farmers. The Minister and Graziano da Silva further discussed

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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