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COOPERATIVES CENTRAL TO FIGHTING HUNGER, STRESSES UN AGENCY
New York, Jan 24 2012 6:05PM
Cooperatives and producer organizations will be increasingly important in efforts to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
“FAO needs strong cooperatives and producer organizations as key partners in the effort to eliminate hunger for some 925 million people, and to respond to the many challenges that face our world today,” <“http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/120774/icode/”>said Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
He told participants at the 2012 Thematic Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, that FAO would be stepping up its collaboration with producer organizations and rural, food and agricultural cooperatives that give organizational, economic, and social clout to small farmers, pastoralists and those who rely on fishing and forestry for their livelihoods.
“FAO is committed to seeking out and sharing evidence of the impact of…
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