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Governments urged to create favorable investment climate for farmers
6 December 2012, Rome - Making more and better investments in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty while safeguarding the environment.

This is the key message of FAO´s flagship annual report, The State of Food and Agriculture 2012 (SOFA) presented today in Rome.

The world´s more than one billion farmers must be central
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Day will highlight role of soil in food security and ecosystem health

5 December 2012, Rome, Italy – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has welcomed the decision by the governing Council to observe the 5th of December as World Soil Day.

The day will serve as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of soils for food security and ecosystem functions.

The day has been commemorated unoffically since 2002, when it was adopted by the International Union of Soil Scientists. The date

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Governing Council reviews policy proposals
3 December 2012, Rome - Addressing the opening session of the governing Council, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked Members for their ongoing support to transformational changes in FAO, which allow the Organization to move forward with renewed focus and purpose.

In his statement, the FAO Director-General said that FAO needed to adapt to face the multidimensional challenges of today and explained what the proposed changes meant
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Governing Council reviews policy proposals
3 December 2012, Rome - Addressing the opening session of the governing Council, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked Members for their ongoing support to transformational changes in FAO, which allow the Organization to move forward with renewed focus and purpose.

In his statement, the FAO Director-General said that FAO needed to adapt to face the multidimensional challenges of today and explained what the proposed changes meant
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FAO meets with private sector groups to eye sustainable development efforts
30 November 2012, Rome – The private sector can make an important contribution to the fight against poverty and hunger, and promote sustainable food production and consumption, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, during a meeting with private sector associations and federations.

The Director-General spoke at FAO Headquarters to participants whose associations represent more than five-thousand companies. His remarks opened the first in a series of