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Transportation and infrastructure problems biggest obstacle to sharing maize and rice surplus with neighboring countries

7 October 2014, Rome - With 1.6 million tons of maize and 800 000 tons of rice surpluses, Tanzania has achieved self-sufficiency in these two commodities and now stands ready to share the food it produces with other African countries.

Following a meeting yesterday with FAO's Director-General, Christopher Chiza, the country's Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, attributed this success to “interventions done by the government to involve the private

AMIS’s next chairman to promote more transparency for greater certainty in the markets

7 October 2014, Rome - “One of the things we learned from the food price spikes in 2008 is that good and reliable information can help mitigate them and reduce some of the volatility in the markets”, the United Kingdom’s Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, said yesterday after a meeting with FAO Director-General.

Eustice was in Rome to attend a ministerial meeting hosted

South Africa’s Agriculture Minister highlights the role of local communities in forest protection

6 October 2014, Rome - “As the first of its kind in the African continent, we want the World Forestry Congress to be not only a success but a trendsetter,” South Africa’s Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzini Zokwana, said today.

Remarks were made after a meeting with FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva in which they discussed the preparation for the 14th World Forestry Congress to be held in

Iraq’s Permanent Representative to FAO presents credentials to Director-General

3 October 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva reiterated the Organization’s support to Iraq’s efforts to ensure food security and strengthen its agricultural sector in the current conflict-laden environment, following the presentation of credentials by Iraq’s new Permanent Representative to FAO, yesterday.

An estimated 1.8 million people in Iraq are in critical need of humanitarian aid and food and agriculture support, due to an upsurge of violence

“Fighting animal diseases is key in a country that neighbours seven others,” Minister says

3 October 2014, Rome – Sudan has a key role in the battle to curb and combat animal diseases due to its strategic location, Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, Sudan’s Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands, said today after a meeting withFAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on the sidelines of FAO’s Committee of Agriculture (COAG).

The Minister noted that the fact that Sudan neighbours with seven other African countries makes control and