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Graziano da Silva and Alemanno discuss opening up FAO to the Roman community

2 March 2012, Rome – Director-General José Graziano da Silva today welcomed the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, to FAO Headquarters.

The Director-General and the Mayor discussed ways in which FAO could be more active in the Roman community, including opening up the Organization to visits from local schools, universities and other institutions.

In a symbolic gesture to open up the Organization to the city, Graziano da Silva gave Alemanno a permanent building

FAO Director-General presents global challenges and regional priorities; we can gain ground rapidly against hunger, he adds.

15 March 2012, Hanoi - The Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said today that Viet Nam was ready to share its experience and “cooperate with other countries in the cause of agriculture and rural development.”

The Prime Minister offered Viet Nam’s South-South Cooperation during the ministerial session of FAO’s 31st FAO Regional Conference for the Asia and Pacific. The event, attended by high level delegations from Asian and Pacific

FAO-IFAD publication shares success stories, benefits to small producers

1 March 2012, Rome - Strong rural organizations like producer groups and cooperatives are crucial to hunger and poverty reduction. They allow small producers to play a greater role in meeting growing food demand on local, national and international markets, while improving their own economic, social and political opportunities.

This thinking connects a series of case studies found in a new

Greater information, productivity, market access for small farmers key

23 February 2012, Rome - Improving agricultural data systems and boosting support to smallholder farmers in the fight against hunger emerged as key topics during discussions between Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today at FAO headquarters.

The philanthropist and digital technology icon met with the head of the specialized UN agency, discussing ways to improve FAO's data collection

Joint statement calls for urgent scale up of assistance

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today that there was still time to avoid food security crises in the Sahel, during a high level meeting convened by the World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss the situation in that region.

Drawing on lessons learned from the Horn of Africa, the Director-General said that we needed to assure that early warning led to early action, that a twin track approach be