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Agriculture and Rural Development Minister backs Programme of Work and Budget

20 June 2013, Rome –José Graziano da Silva met yesterday with Afonso Pedro Canga, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Angola, and Victoria Francisco Lopes Cristovao de Barros Neto, Minister for Fisheries.  The Director-General congratulated the Angolan Government for its outstanding progress in fighting hunger, formally recognized at a ceremony here on Sunday.  

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development expressed his Government’s support of the Director-General’s Programme of

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Full FAO Representation to open in the country

20 June 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Chyngysbek Makeshovich Uzakbaev, Kyrgyzstan Minister for Agriculture and Amelioration yesterday. Discussions touched upon the FAO Country Programming Framework in Kyrgyzstan for 2011-2015.

Graziano da Silva pledged to continue supporting Kyrgyzstan’s  rural development efforts through policy and technical interventions in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food and nutrition security. Special attention will be paid to livestock development.

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Thailand a pioneer in soil health

20 June 2013, Rome, Italy – FAO backs a proposal from Thailand to create an International Soil Day. At a meeting on 18 June with the Thai Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Yukol Limlamthong, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told him that FAO will give support to this initiative when it is discussed in the General Assembly.

Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs,  Permanent Representative of Thailand to FAO, was recently elected as  Chairman

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Oman Minister thanks FAO for efforts to boost agriculture productivity

19 June 2013, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva underlined his Organization’s “exemplary” partnership with Oman when he met here with Fuad bin Jaáfar bin Mohammed Al-Sajwani, Omani Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries.

The Omani Minister thanked FAO for its ongoing assistance in the preparation of the country’s Strategy for the Sustainable Agricultural Development and expressed his support for FAO’s efforts to boost agricultural productivity in Oman.

Graziano da

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High Level International meet to focus on ending hunger by 2025

19 June 2013, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Ethiopian Minister for Agriculture, Tefera Derbew, met here during FAO’s 38th governing Conference and discussed the importance of the High Level International Meeting on ending hunger in Africa scheduled for  June 30-July 1in Addis Ababa.

Graziano da Silva noted that the meeting represents a unique opportunity to strengthen and renew the commitment to eradicate hunger by 2025. He