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Rome – Former U.S. Congressman Gresham Barrett has been appointed the new Chief of Staff of the World Food Programme, taking over from Rehan Asad, WFP Executive Director David Beasley has announced.

7 Dec 2019
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 ROME – To mark World Soil Day on Thursday, IBM unveiled “soil sculptures” outside the Roma Convention Centre aiming to raise awareness of issues of soil degradation and to encourage more sustainable farming practices.

 Soil erosion and degradation is one of today’s critical challenges about which many are unaware.

6 Dec 2019
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 ROME – The Italian Prime Minister has apparently cancelled a lunch meeting with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat that was due to be held Friday in Rome, The Malta Independent reported.

 Sources confirmed to The Malta Independent that Muscat’s scheduled meeting with Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte was cancelled, although no reasons have been offered.

 The cancellation comes as investigations continue into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, a case which has shaken Malta’s establishment.

5 Dec 2019
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME — Chilean CIO director at the FAO, Samuel Varas, has been sacked as part of a wide ranging purge at the UN agency in which Chinese officials have taken over the IT division, FAO sources said.

 The statuesque Cape Verdian DDR Maria Helen Semedo has had her contract for next year renewed as has Uruguayan ADG and chef de cabinet Mario Lubetkin in what is seen as the continuing influence of former DG Jose Graziano da Silva at the FAO despite the election of Chinese DG Qu Dongyu, said the sources. French DDG Laurent Thomas also has had his contract renewed, the sources said.  

3 Dec 2019
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 ROME -- FAO Assistant Director General Roberto Ridolfi's son Francesco sent an email to the Fiera di Roma president Pietro Piccinetti last year attaching a draft consultancy contract under which the scion of the senior Italian UN official would garner commissions on sales of sponsorship deals for the EXCO development cooperation fair, FAO sources say.

 "Dear Ing. Piccinetti," Ridolfi Jr. wrote July 16, 2018, in the email seen by the Italian Insider, "as per the agreements ... I send you attached the contract that we made regarding the commercial sales consultancy for EXCO."

2 Dec 2019