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Calls for all sectors of society to collaborate on new nutrition strategies
15 March 2013, Wageningen, Netherlands - Urbanization, economic growth and other transformations are causing changes in lifestyles and diets in many parts of the world and countries are not coping as well as they could, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at Wageningen University and Research Centre today.

The Director-General, on an official two-day visit to the Netherlands, spoke of the need to guarantee
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12 March 2013, Bern, Switzerland - Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann had discussions in Berne with Mr. José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The matters discussed included strengthening Switzerland’s collaboration with the FAO in the fight against hunger throughout the world and in developing sustainable food supply systems.

On the invitation of Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann, Mr. José Graziano da Silva, the

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Uganda encouraged to embrace commercial farming

8 March 2013, Kampala/Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Ugandan Vice-President Edward Sekandi to discuss ways to ensure food security for all Ugandans and reduce poverty by supporting rural smallholders in the country's agriculture sector.


Sekandi met with Graziano da Silva on behalf of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the FAO chief's one-day visit to Uganda.


Graziano da Silva commended the government of Uganda for

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"If we unite to increase food security for women, we also nourish the minds and bodies of whole communities"
Joint statement from the leaders*of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).

* José Graziano da Silva, Director-General FAO; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President IFAD; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director WFP; Irene Khan, Director-General IDLO.




8 March 2013, Rome
- On International Women's Day
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Need to focus on building resilience and reducing risks
8 March 2013, Geneva/Rome – Droughts cause the deaths and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined, making them the world’s most destructive natural hazard. Yet while droughts are expected to increase in frequency, area and intensity due to climate change, effective drought management policies are missing in most parts of the world. Three United Nations institutions have now joined forces to promote the development and adoption of