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  • Botswana: FMD outbreak reported in Botswana
    22 september 2017 19:51:51
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has reported a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the north-west district of the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Maputo to host key regional Fertilizer conference
    21 september 2017 15:01:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Over 300 people from 28 countries will join senior government figures and fertilizer and agribusiness industry executives in Maputo, Mozambique, for a regional meeting, organizers said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: 'Farming, rural non-farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth employment in Africa'
    21 september 2017 11:13:44
    New York, US (PANA) – Farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for Africa's rising youth population, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has stressed at a high level forum - Harnessing Skills for Rural Transformation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - held at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. Full text...

  • Italy: Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output - FAO
    21 september 2017 09:45:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Robust harvests in Latin America and rebounding agricultural conditions in Southern Africa are on course to improve the global food supply situation, but ongoing civil conflicts and climate-related shocks are affecting progress towards hunger reduction, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Improving agribusiness competitiveness can boost food security in Africa
    20 september 2017 20:02:36
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - Strategic investments can help unlock potential for agribusiness growth in African nations with low agribusiness competitiveness, food security and agricultural productivity, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • US: FAO calls for global call for zero tolerance on food loss and waste
    20 september 2017 09:50:48
    New York, US (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has joined in calls for a renewed global commitment to zero tolerance for food loss and waste. Full text...

  • US: FAO, ITU sign MOU to bolster ICT innovation in agriculture
    19 september 2017 11:50:53
    New York. US (PANA) - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will leverage synergies to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD, Heifer partner to bolster rural farmers
    18 september 2017 12:48:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Heifer International and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) have agreed to seek opportunities for financing smallholder farmers in rural areas. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Locusts invade Kwango province in south-west DRC
    18 september 2017 11:15:50
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Locusts have invaded the province of Kwango in southwest DR Congo threatening the country's agriculture, according to a statement received by PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Conflict, climate change are key drivers of global hunger - UN Report
    15 september 2017 14:34:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, a new UN reports says. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Expert panel suggests ways to improve nutrition in Africa
    12 september 2017 18:41:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While hunger and malnutrition are still clearly a major problem in Africa, research from the Malabo Montpellier Panel has shown that several countries are starting to win the battle for better nutrition outcomes. Full text...

  • AfDB advocates strategies to deepen industrialization of cassava
    12 september 2017 14:46:14
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has intensified financing for the production of crops with the highest potential for industrializing the African agriculture. Full text...

  • AfDB announces new youth training drive to promote agricultural industrialization
    12 september 2017 13:28:16
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a new youth training drive in partnership with the Brazil-Africa Institute to train young farmers (aged 18-35 years) in commodity processing, financial literacy and management techniques. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger puts 172,800 ha under irrigation farming
    10 september 2017 14:10:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger intends to produce 700,000 tons of cereals under an irrigation programme due to be launched in October 2017, the country's director of rural mechanization, Moussa Amadou said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: African leaders urge further steps to actualize the green revolution
    08 september 2017 19:50:19
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The future of Africa’s agriculture looked brighter this week when leaders from across the continent converged in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, to discuss strategies to empower the African farmer to move their produce from the farms into larger industrial complexes. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'Agriculture projects have to be bankable,' says AfDB official
    08 september 2017 14:52:37
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Agricultural projects developed for Africa must be bankable and incentivized in order to attract private investors who seek to make profit, and the youth who seek employment. Full text...

  • Kenya: Global cereal output heading to new record low - FAO
    07 september 2017 09:35:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global food prices dipped in August, mainly as the prospect of bumper cereal harvests pushed up expectations for larger grain inventories, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Two women win Africa Food Prize 2017
    06 september 2017 19:57:47
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Kenyan nutritionist, Ruth Oniang'o and Malian entrepreneur Maimouna Sidibé Coulibaly, were on Wednesday named as joint winners of the 2017 Africa Food Prize award. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: African leaders to accelerate Africa’s path to prosperity by growing economies, jobs through agriculture
    06 september 2017 14:24:03
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Over 750 delegates and high-level dignitaries, including African Heads of States, Ministers, and key stakeholders in the agricultural sector, are convening this week in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital, Abidjan, for the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Africa’s premier agriculture gathering. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'The future of Africa depends on agriculture' - AfDB Chief Adesina
    06 september 2017 14:10:41
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - "Agriculture is instrumental in Africa’s poverty: it must also be instrumental in its wealth. Only through agricultural regeneration can growth, diversification and job creation occur for African economies, for no region of the world has ever industrialised without the agricultural sector being first transformed. In short, the future of Africa depends on agriculture." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN food agencies chiefs warn hunger crises will escalate unless root causes addressed
    05 september 2017 11:31:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The heads of the United Nations food agencies have made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people's resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: African Green Revolution Forum begins in Côte d'Ivoire
    04 september 2017 16:52:02
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The seventh edition of the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) began on Monday in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, on the theme: "Accelerating Africa's progress towards prosperity: Contributing to the growth of inclusive economies and the creation of jobs through agriculture." Full text...

  • Tanzania: USAID names countries under US global hunger, food security initiative
    01 september 2017 08:48:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has announced 12 target countries selected for the next phase in America's global hunger and food security initiative. Full text...

  • Liberia: AfDB trains 129 young “agripreneurs” in Liberia
    31 august 2017 15:41:21
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - After Côte d’Ivoire in December 2016, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is supporting the Government of Liberia to provide entrepreneurship training to young people in the agriculture value chain from 28 - 31 August 2017. Full text...

  • Uganda: FAO chief says Uganda 'leading example' of sustainable refugee response
    30 august 2017 19:31:39
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – The head of the United Nations agriculture agency on Wednesday called for greater funding for a sustainable response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, as he concluded a visit to the country's north hosting those crossing the border for safety. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: AfDB wants greater focus on implementation of Africa's green revolution
    30 august 2017 17:08:45
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Ahead of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina has called for greater attention to the implementation of concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa. Full text...

  • Italy: UN food agencies' chiefs to visit drought-hit Ethiopia
    30 august 2017 11:43:59
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – The heads of the three UN food agencies are to visit Ethiopia to highlight the critical food and nutrition security situation, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to promote wider use of neglected and underutilized crops in Africa
    29 august 2017 07:10:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Crops that have been forgotten over the last century are being rediscovered. Scientists and policymakers are now beginning to recognize the value of so-called ‘orphan' crops, affirming what local communities have known for generations. Full text...

  • Mali: Gov't, BNDA sign deal on coherent funding mechanism for the Malian agric sector
    28 august 2017 15:04:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A partnership agreement aimed at developing a coherent funding mechanism, appropriate for covering the investment needs in agricultural land development to increase production and productivity in Mali was signed on Saturday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Rabat workshop discusses Food and Agriculture Studies in Francophone Africa
    24 august 2017 14:24:17
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Aiming to improve the availability and quality of national and international statistics in the fields of food and agriculture, the African Centre for Statistics, affiliated to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), is holding a 4-day training workshop on food balance in agricultural statistics in Rabat, the Moroccan capital. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO says it's time for action to support and protect small-scale fisheries
    24 august 2017 09:13:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Two-thirds of the caught fish that humans eat are taken by small-scale fishers, many using canoes carved from logs or stationary beach seine nets such as the rampani that dot India's eastern coast. Full text...

  • Morocco: Morocco plans US$ 268 million agric expenditure over 4 years
    15 august 2017 15:36:15
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has earmarked 2.6 billion Moroccan Dirhams (about US$ 268 million) to develop 92 agricultural projects in the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra region over the period 2016-2020, according to an official report. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 'Food insecurity soars in conflict-ridden DR Congo'
    14 august 2017 12:00:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Amid rising violence and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 7.7 million people face acute hunger - a 30 percent increase over the last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Monday in a new report. Full text...

  • Libya: FAO signs agreement with Libya to boost the country’s agricultural sector
    12 august 2017 11:57:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has signed a US$ 3.5 million agreement with the FAO to strengthen its technical and functional national capacities in agriculture. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Drought-stricken herders in Ethiopia need urgent support - FAO
    11 august 2017 11:15:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN agency moves hunger-relief assistance to Nigeria's troubled northeast
    10 august 2017 13:34:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United Nations humanitarian agency, fighting hunger, has begun transporting food assistance to Nigeria's crisis-hit northeast, where people – displaced by Boko Haram violence and the fight against it – face the threat of famine. Full text...

  • Italy: New IFAD-supported project to boost rural economy, livelihoods in Angola
    10 august 2017 09:33:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – A total of 60,000 Angolan rural households in Cuanza Sul and Huila provinces will benefit from a financial agreement, signed on Wednesday between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Angola, that will generate revenue and boost food and nutrition security of poorer households. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO Food Price Index rises further in July
    03 august 2017 10:29:24
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices rose for the third consecutive month in July, driven mainly by higher cereal, sugar and dairy quotations, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB, Somalia and South Sudan sign US$ 78m agreements to strengthen drought resilience
    01 august 2017 12:54:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed tripartite agreements worth US$ 34.8 million and US$ 43.8 million with Somalia and South Sudan respectively as well with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), under the Bank’s ‘Say No To Famine – Short Term Regional Emergency Response Project – STRERP’. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AfDB to invest US$24 billion in agriculture over 10 years
    29 july 2017 01:19:57
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will invest US$ 24 billion in agriculture over the next 10 years as part of its Feed Africa programme - a strategy for agricultural development in Africa, according to the Bank President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO develops new guidelines on monitoring forest resources
    26 july 2017 12:05:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) -The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has developed new guidelines aimed at helping countries develop strong National Forest Monitoring Systems, which are key to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Sudan: FAO, government sign food security programme for Sudan
    24 july 2017 19:28:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Sudanese government signed here on Monday a four-year Country Programming Framework (CPF) worth US$ 72 million to provide for collaboration in enabling policy and institutional environment for food and nutrition security. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AfDB to invest US$ 24bn in Africa's agriculture in next 10 years
    24 july 2017 18:54:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) will invest US$24 billion in agriculture in Africa over the next 10 years, the Bank's President. Akinwumi Adesina,said Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope donates to drought and conflict-stricken populations in East Africa
    21 july 2017 13:34:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated 25,000 euros to FAO's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa. Full text...

  • Italy: Cost of feeding the hungry world surging due to conflicts, instability – UN agency
    20 july 2017 15:47:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Improved aid access, strengthened resilience and advances in food system networks could provide as much as US$ 3.5 billion in annual cost savings at a time when humanitarian needs are skyrocketing in multiple complex emergencies across the globe, a new United Nations study has found. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN food standards body tackles arsenic in rice, pesticide residues
    18 july 2017 07:02:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A United Nations standards-setting body has adopted a number of decisions to ensure food safety, including maximum residue limits for a range of drugs used in cattle and other animals, as well as revisions to guidance on agricultural and hygienic practices to minimize microbial, chemical and physical hazards to fresh fruits and vegetables. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO issues alert over third consecutive failed rainy season in East Africa
    14 july 2017 08:58:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poor rains across East Africa have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead, according to an alert released on Friday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • US: UN relief official urges continued aid to tackle hunger in Eritrea
    14 july 2017 05:29:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The humanitarian situation in Eritrea – which is quite isolated and off the media radars – is “on a positive trajectory” but international donors need to give malnourishment and food insecurity continued attention, a senior United Nations relief official said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Countries urged to reap benefits of food trade by setting standards
    13 july 2017 06:29:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Participation in the development of international food standards for trade is essential if countries are to reap the benefits of booming global trade and prepare for imminent technological changes, according to a joint publication issued by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • France: OECD, FAO see slower growth in demand keeping world food prices low
    10 july 2017 11:39:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets. Full text...

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