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Director-General attends ministerial meeting of IGAD Partners Forum

26 September 2013, New York, USA - Food security is an “essential foundation” for securing “enduring peace, stability, and prosperity” in Somalia, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, at a Thursday ministerial meeting of the east African-based Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Partners Forum in New York.

Co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Italy, the IGAD Partners Forum brought together leading Somali, regional, and international actors to UN

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Conserving, breeding and sharing plant varieties key to resilience and sustainability

24 September 2013, Muscat, Oman - The government of Norway has pledged $23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize.

"In just ten years we will have a billion more people at the global dinner table, but during that

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September 23: Speaking at Monday's UN Inter-Agency meeting on Inclusive Finance for Development, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva underlined the importance of ensuring that small-scale farmers have access to financial products and services, which serve as a "driving force for long-lasting and sustainable development and increased food security", he said. The Inter-Agency Meeting was convened by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands - in her role as the UN

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Rice crop already severely damaged, 13 million people at risk
23 September 2013, Rome - A locust control campaign is starting in Madagascar against a plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, which threatens the food security and livelihoods of 13 million people or nearly 60 percent of the island's population.

Aerial survey operations to identify and map out the areas requiring treatment by pesticides are expected to get underway this week. In the meantime, ground
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FAO Director-General addresses High Level Event in New York

September 23: A hunger-free world is possible "within our lifetimes" if current development partnerships can be strengthened and expanded, declared FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Monday at the MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact high-level forum at UN Headquarters in New York.

Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the forum aims to accelerate action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by highlighting successful development partnerships and