UN food operations boosted by Italian funding

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6 June 2013 – The United Nations food agency today received a boost for its efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, sustainable production and poverty eradication in rural areas, with a $7.9 million announced donation from Italy.

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said in a news release that the traditional focus of cooperation with Italy has been food security, with projects ranging from support to farmer-based cooperatives and the commercialisation of agriculture to early warning to reduction of post-harvest losses.

FAO urges end of malnutrition as priority

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4 June 2013, Rome - Denouncing the huge social and economic costs of malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today called for resolute efforts to eradicate malnutrition as well as hunger from around the world.

In a recorded statement marking the launch of FAO's flagship annual publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), Graziano da Silva said that although the world has registered some progress on hunger, one form of malnutrition, there was still "a long way ahead".

Food security to be at center of Africa development agenda

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1 June 2013, Yokohama, Japan - The three heads of the Rome-based United Nations agencies today called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the centre of the international agenda for African development. Special attention should be given to supporting smallholder farmers to improve global food security and empowering rural women, addressing gender inequalities and enabling them to transform their own lives and the lives of their families and communities.

Hunger, poverty rates in Egypt up sharply over past three years – UN report

21 May 2013 – Poverty and food insecurity in Egypt have risen significantly over the last three years, according to a joint reports released today by the United Nations food agency and partners.

An estimated 13.7 million Egyptians or 17 per cent of the population suffered from food insecurity in 2011, compared to 14 per cent in 2009, according to the report by UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Contribution of forests to food security and nutrition needs more attention

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16 May 2013, Rome - Governments, civil society and the private sector should ensure and strengthen the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry systems to food security and nutrition, participants in the first-ever International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition (13-15 May), organized by FAO, said yesterday.

Globally, millions of people depend on forests for their livelihoods - directly through the consumption and sale of foods harvested in forests, and indirectly through forest-related employment and income generation, forest ecosystem services, and forest biodiversity.

Upcoming UN forum highlights vital contribution of forests to food security and nutrition

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10 May 2013 – The crops, animals and trees found in forests can play a crucial role in improving food security and nutrition around the world, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is hosting a gathering on the issue in Rome next week.

Forests cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood.

FAO Director-General praises Cuba’s advances in the fight against hunger

4 May 2013, Havana - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has acknowledged Cuba's efforts to ensure the food security of its population at a meeting on Friday with President Raul Castro. He invited the President  to a ceremony marking the achievement during  FAO's governing Conference in Rome next month.  

"Cuba is one of the 16 countries of the world which have already reached the 1996 World Food Summit's goal of halving the total number of their undernourished. This was made possible by the priority the government has set on ensuring the right to food and the policies it has implemented," said Graziano da Silva, on his first visit to the island since he took office in January 2012.

The United Nations launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific

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"We cannot rest while so many people go hungry in a world where there is enough food for all," United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the launch ceremony which was attended by the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Gordon Darcy Lilo, and

the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, Yukol Limlamthong.

FAO recognizes Nicaragua's efforts in the fight against hunger

23 April 2013, Rome - FAO recognizes Nicaragua's  great efforts in the fight against hunger, FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva told Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Samuel Santos López today. They held a  bilateral meeting at FAO headquarters during FAO's governing Council session taking place this week.

Between 1990 and 2010, Nicaragua reduced the prevalence of  undernourishment in the country from 55.1% to 20.1%, thus successfully meeting  Millennium Development Goal 1, which is to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger.

Focus on streamlining, reform at FAO Council

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22 April 2013, Rome -  FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today opened the FAO Council, presenting the 2014-2015 Programme of Work and Budget which calls for an increase of 1 percent of the Organization's budget in real terms to support the Organization's core work in fighting hunger and malnutrition and promoting sustainable agricultural development.

The Director-General also presented the accomplishments over the past year in cutting bureaucracy and other costs that will help the organization to operate more effectively.

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