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Says Maronite Church is ready to contribute to hunger-free world

18 October 2012, Rome. Hunger has no political or social colouring and development needs to reach all people, said the Maronite Patriarch, His Beatitude Mar Bechara Boutros Rai, in a meeting today with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in Rome.

The Maronite Patriarch was answering a call made by Graziano da Silva to join the Zero Hunger Challenge, launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Rio+20 Conference

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Will build strong partnerships for hunger eradication
18 October 2012, Rome - Eliminating hunger in West Africa is the main objective of a new project launched by West African countries, Germany and FAO.

Co-funded by the German Government and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS),  the three-year project will support  ECOWAS and its member countries in working towards a Hunger-free West Africa by building on existing policies and programmes, increasing stakeholder
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FAO to provide technical help under two-year project
17 October 2012, Rome - FAO will provide Sierra Leone with technical assistance to improve the country's capacity to anticipate, plan for and respond to food security and nutrition threats under a two-year project signed here today.

The project will focus on development of information network systems and human resources to facilitate food security planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

FAO's contribution will include the establishment of
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South-South cooperation for rural development, stronger agricultural livelihoods

17 October 2012, Rome - Brazil and FAO signed a new South-South cooperation agreement today worth $20 million that aims to channel Brazilian expertise in cotton production to other developing countries.

The four year collaborative effort between FAO, the Brazilian Cotton Institute (Instituto Brasileño del Algodón, IBA) and the external cooperation wing of Brazil’s Foreign Relations Ministry (Agencia Brasileña de Cooperación, MRE) will target participating countries

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16 October 2012, Rome, Italy - The International Cooperative Agricultural Organization (ICAO) a sectoral organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the World Farmers’ Organisation, representing farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives from around the world, are happy to join in celebrating the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s World Food Day.

Celebrated in more than 150 countries today, World Food Day reminds us of the importance of feeding every member of