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Agricultural potential waiting to be unlocked – greater attention and investment needed

31 October 2013, Dakar - Sound water management holds the key to building resilience in Africa's Sahel and can free rural communities from the vicious cycle of weather-related food security crises that have plagued the region over recent years, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at a high level meeting on resilience in the Sahel, focusing on irrigation and water management, with participants from Burkina Faso,

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Right blend of policies and support to region’s pastoralists can prevent future crises

29 October 2013, Nouakchott, Mauritania - The time has come to break the "vicious circle" of crises in Africa's Sahel by proactively building up the ability of pastoralist and rural communities to weather drought and other shocks, rather than merely helping them recover from disaster after the fact.

"We cannot prevent droughts or floods, but we can put in place measures that will help stop them

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FAO at Green Global Growth Forum in Copenhagen calls for “innovative thinking” to measure and cut global food loss and waste along the food chain

21 October 2013, Copenhagen/Rome - Keeping track of the enormity and nature of food loss and waste is essential to reducing the problem and to speeding efforts to eliminate hunger globally, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen.

"FAO estimates that each year, one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or

Director-General meets Danish Ministers at 3GF

21 October 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark – The Government of Denmark voiced its appreciation for the transformation that FAO is undergoing to increase the effectiveness of its work to eliminate hunger, saying the organization is “moving in the right direction.” 

“We appreciate the progress being made and the vision for the Organization,” the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, Christian Friis Bach, told FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. 

“This paves the way for stronger

11 October 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General met Elisabeth Atangana and thanked her for her hard work with FAO as Ambassador for the International Year of Cooperatives in 2012.

Atangana, who is also the former president of the Pan African Farmers Forum (PAFFO) welcomed Director-General’s encouragements and underlined the importance of advocacy for support to farmers and their associations in African countries. She stressed the importance of “keeping farmers at