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Africa Solidarity Trust Fund to support ongoing efforts to eradicate hunger, reduce malnutrition and poverty

28 March 2014, Tunis - A unique, Africa-led fund designed to improve food security across the continent has become a reality for the first six countries slated to benefit from the initiative.

The Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Niger and South Sudan signed agreements in Tunis with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to receive $2 million each from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund.

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Minister Deng praises FAO as the country signs as one of the 6 first beneficiaries from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund

28 March 2014 Tunis, Tunisia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with South Sudan Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Animal Resources and Fisheries, Beda Machar Deng, on the sidelines of FAO’s 28th Regional Conference for Africa in Tunis.

Minister Deng thanked FAO Director-General for the $2 million which South Sudan will receive from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. The Africa-led fund is designed to improve food

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More investment needed to create new opportunities for young people in the sector, FAO Director-General tells Regional Conference
27 March 2014, Tunis - Getting more African youth involved in agriculture and boosting support for the region's vulnerable family farmers will be pivotal to improving food security and economic well-being in the years to come, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the Organization's Regional Conference for Africa.

He also named water scarcity, low investment and conflict as being among the challenges to food security

Côte d’Ivoire to host next Regional Conference for Africa in 2016

27 March 2014 Tunis, Tunisia – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with the Minister of Agriculture for Côte d’Ivoire, Coulibaly Sangafowa, on the sidelines of the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa held in Tunis.

He congratulated Minister Sangafowa for being the next host country of the 29th Regional Conference for Africa, to be held in 2016. Graziano da Silva promised the Minister FAO’s support both through

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Strong institutional presence of the country at the Regional Conference

27 March 2014 Tunis, Tunisia – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Burkina Faso’s ministerial delegation attending the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa, which included the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Salif Ouedraogo; the Minister for Animal resources, Tinga Jeremy Ouedraogo; and the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management Mamounata Belem.

Graziano da Silva reiterated FAO’s availability to support Burkina Faso in the preparation of