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FAO Director-General: “Date palms not only provide food and income, but are part of the history, culture and tradition of the region”

16 March 2014, Abu Dhabi – The date palm production system in the United Arab Emirates could become the first Globally Important Agriculture Heritage System (GIAHS) in the Near East countries in 2015, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the Khalifa International Date Palm Award Ceremony held in Abu Dhabi, during the 5th International Date Palm Conference.

José Graziano da Silva announced that the

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Regional Conference adopts FAO work priorities for Asia and the Pacific to address “magnitude of challenges” in improving food security

14 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Governments from 41 countries across Asia and the Pacific today concluded a five-day regional conference on improving their responses to future food security challenges and efforts to end hunger.

At its conclusion, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations of the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), with some 164 delegates, endorsed four FAO regional initiatives.

The conference

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The meeting focuses on marine resources and food security

14 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Indonesia’s Agriculture Minister Suswono on the sidelines of the 32nd FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference.

“The meeting with the DG was very productive, strengthening and deepening our long-standing partnership. In particular, the discussion on marine resources development was very interesting for Indonesia, because we are very keen to pursue this further as it relates to our country’s food

Principals discuss climate change, water issues and fisheries

14 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the Maldives Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Mohammed Shareef, today during the 32nd FAO Asia Pacific Regional Conference, which is the Organization’s regional governing body.

The principals discussed the link between climate change and water-related problems.  Graziano da Silva and the Deputy Minister also spoke about ways to help fishermen in the Maldives improve their work

Concern voiced as young people shun agriculture

13 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Malaysia’s Minister for Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Dato Sri Ismail Yaakob on the sidelines of the FAO 32nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference. 

The two principals discussed wide-ranging food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries issues in Malaysia and in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. “This year Malaysia chairs the ASEAN agriculture and forestry ministerial meetings,”