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  • Italy: IFAD assists Mauritius to develop seed sector leading to food security
    26 may 2016 17:42:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Mauritius and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Thursday signed a Reimbursable Technical Assistance (RTA) agreement to develop the country’s seed sector, an important first step to increasing food production and food security for local communities. Full text...

  • Kenya: International panel suggests ways to end hunger, stem environmental damage
    25 may 2016 17:00:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) has said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO. WFP provide seeds, tools, food to break hunger cycle in CAR
    25 may 2016 15:36:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have begun providing seeds, hand tools and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families for this year's planting season in the most food-insecure areas of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Turkey: UN agencies launch programme on humanitarian responses to food crises
    23 may 2016 12:59:37
    Istanbul, Turkey (PANA) - A new network to achieve joint global food-security assessments and joint responses to food crises, including those related to phenomena such as El Niño, was launched in Istanbul Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Invest in long-term development' - IFAD message to World Humanitarian Summit
    19 may 2016 17:29:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – With more than 60 million people across the world reeling from the drought caused by El Niño, Josefina Stubbs from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has a strong message for leaders gathering at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week. Full text...

  • Italy: Food guidelines offer opportunities to protect the planet - Study
    19 may 2016 11:23:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The report of a new study published on Thursday has found that what we eat matters not just for our health, but for the planet, too. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD chief underlines rural devt for stabilization of African communities
    18 may 2016 11:44:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo F. Nwanze on Wednesday underlined the importance of investing in smallholder agriculture, saying that rural development plays a fundamental role in stabilizing communities and further reduces the impacts of climate change and migration. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC countries urged to invest more in agriculture
    17 may 2016 19:20:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Stakeholders attending the Southern Africa Development Community's workshop on Food Security and Poverty Eradication in Gaborone said the region needs to mobilise substantive resources - financial and human - in order to effectively address poverty and food insecurity. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, 29 countries, EU partner to check illegal fishing
    16 may 2016 16:27:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The world’s first-ever international agreement specifically Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC challenged to improve agriculture
    16 may 2016 11:39:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has challenged Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to unite towards combating the region’s food insecurity and poverty, while increasing agricultural productivity. Full text...

  • Italy: EU, FAO step up efforts to combat illegal timber trade
    13 may 2016 09:34:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have agreed to step up joint efforts to support tropical timber producing countries in curbing illegal logging, improving forest governance and promoting the trade of legally sourced timber. Full text...

  • WEF: Africa's future is in transforming agriculture
    12 may 2016 18:44:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The importance of agriculture and agribusiness in unlocking shared prosperity in Africa was the subject of a high level panel of African leaders who, on Thursday, addressed the Grow Africa Investment Forum held as part of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, Nobel Laureates launch alliance to tackle hunger, poverty
    12 may 2016 07:19:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has joined forces with a group of Nobel laureates to tackle the problems of hunger and violence through a new alliance launched in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for urgent global action on droughts in Somali communities
    11 may 2016 14:45:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, on Wednesday called for urgent global action to avert a deterioration of the situation as drought continues to devastate communities in Puntland and Somaliland. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN agencies release guidelines on toxic pesticides reduction
    10 may 2016 15:52:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO and WHO have released new guidelines aimed at reducing the damage done by pesticides that pose especially high toxic risks to human health and the environment. Full text...

  • Sudan: BADEA to lend US$ 20million to Chad for Small Dams, livestock development
    09 may 2016 12:56:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the Chadian on Monday, at BADEA’s Headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, signed a loan agreement, worth US$ 20 million, for the construction of Small Dams for Agriculture and Livestock in rural areas in Chad. Full text...

  • Italy: ‘Investments in agriculture can unlock untold prosperity in Africa’
    09 may 2016 09:55:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - While Africa is expected to experience its slowest growth rate this millennium, the President of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, has brought a strong message of optimism to government and business leaders gathering for the Grow Africa Investment Forum and the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Kigali, Rwanda, this week. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says palm oil pushes global food prices up in April
    05 may 2016 16:00:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Global prices of key staple food commodities rose in April, marking a third consecutive monthly increase after four years of decline, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO seeks US$10 million to help Ethiopian farmers with seeds
    29 april 2016 15:28:08
    New York, US (PANA) - With just six weeks left before the start of the main cropping season in Ethiopia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday called for urgent funding to help farmers sow their fields and prevent drought-hit areas of the country from falling deeper into hunger and food insecurity. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO warns of dangers of ruminants virus
    29 april 2016 11:28:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says a devastating livestock disease is continuing to extend its global reach and is now present in 76 countries. Full text...

  • Italy: Hackers to find solutions fishing challenges
    22 april 2016 11:06:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A group of Italian and international hackers will occupy UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Rome headquarters this weekend as part of a US government-sponsored "Fishackathon" aimed at cooking up high-tech solutions to problems that have long plagued fishing communities around the globe, the FAO said on Friday. Full text...

  • Morocco: IFAD's new country office signals strengthened partnership with Morocco
    21 april 2016 16:25:44
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Moroccan government officials joined by UN and other donor representatives gathered Thursday to mark the inauguration of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) new country office in Rabat. Full text...

  • Italy: New technologies boost efforts to cut down on 'ghost fishing'
    21 april 2016 11:31:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Modern technologies that make it easier to recover lost fishing gear are giving a boost to efforts to reduce so-called "ghost fishing" and its harmful impacts on fish stocks and endangered species, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO D-G pledges support to CAR's agriculture
    18 april 2016 11:00:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Monday met Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin-Archange Touadera for talks that focused on rebuilding the country's agriculture sector and making it an engine for peace and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Italy: Google, FAO aim to usher in new era of environmental literacy
    15 april 2016 11:54:44
    Rome, Italy, (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Google are working together to make high-resolution satellite data an everyday tool in managing the world's natural resources in a joint effort that is changing the way the world goes about pursuing sustainable development, FAO said on a statement on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO warns of risks of desert locust outbreak in Yemen
    13 april 2016 09:59:23
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The presence of recently discovered desert locust infestations in Yemen, where conflict is severely hampering control operations, poses a potential threat to crops in the region, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. Full text...

  • Botswana: Buffaloes raid prompts Botswana beef export suspension
    12 april 2016 18:00:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has suspended export of beef from the country’s southern district following a raid of the area by buffaloes. Full text...

  • UN: FAO calls for strict vigilance in northwest Africa on locust invasion
    12 april 2016 16:54:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries in northwest Africa need to mobilize survey and control teams and to take all necessary measures to prevent the destructive locust from reaching breeding areas situated in their respective territories, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies support drought-affected communities in northern Somalia
    11 april 2016 15:59:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are intensifying joint efforts to assist communities in northern Somalia coping with a severe drought exacerbated by El Nino conditions, a UN statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO Food Price Index up slightly in March
    07 april 2016 11:25:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - World cereal production in 2016 is set to amount to 2,521 million tonnes, just 0.2 percent off last year's large output and the third-highest global performance on record, according to FAO's first forecast for the new season, released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government announces granaries have enough sorghum
    05 april 2016 20:34:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has sufficient sorghum stock to take the country through to the 2016/17 harvest season, government officials said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Italy: Experts discuss to fight insects, bacteria that infest plants, food
    05 april 2016 12:11:23
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - International experts have gathered at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to focus on the most effective ways to prevent insects, bacteria, viruses and weeds from infesting fruit, vegetable and other plant and food consignments that are traded daily across the world. Full text...

  • Italy: Food gap widens in conflict-stricken South Sudan - UN agencies warn
    05 april 2016 11:25:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Civil strife and unfavourable rains have further reduced crop production in South Sudan, contributing to a cereal deficit of 381,000 tonnes --53 percent greater than in 2015 --and aggravating the already severe food shortages, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Algeria: IFAD Vice President visits Algeria
    04 april 2016 16:03:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Vice President Michel Mordasini will visit Algeria from 5 – 7 April for discussion with government officials on partnership for agricultural development, food and water security and rural poverty alleviation. Full text...

  • US: FAO head says improving food security can build sustainable peace
    30 march 2016 11:39:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Improving food security can help build sustainable peace and even ward off looming conflict, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told members of the United Nations Security Council. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari advises South Sudan to invest in agriculture
    29 march 2016 17:41:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Relying on the unsavoury experience of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged South Sudan to invest more in agriculture and not to be solely dependent on oil revenues as the means to grow the nation’s economy. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch 90-day campaign to food relief in Ethiopia
    24 march 2016 18:09:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and humanitarian partners have launched a 90-day campaign to raise awareness about the food crisis in the Ethiopia and raise funds to bridge a US$700 million gap, in order to assist people affected by drought in the country. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief urges new products, technologies to aid small farmers
    22 march 2016 17:04:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Great use of agro-ecology, bio-technology and other creative tools can help eradicate hunger, fight malnutrition and achieve sustainable agriculture, according to UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • UN: WFP expands food relief programme in Zimbabwe
    17 march 2016 15:22:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said it would not suspend relief operations to vulnerable people in Zimbabwe during the spring and summer seasons, and will continue food and cash assistance throughout the year. Full text...

  • Gambia: Women turn to gardening after failed rice growing season (A feature by Musa Sheriff, PANA correspondent)
    17 march 2016 08:45:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Women in the Gambia town of Brikamaba, Lower Fulladu, west of the Central River Region (CRR), have turned to gardening to fight off food security threats after a failed rice growing season. Full text...

  • Italy: Food security worsens in Southern Africa
    09 march 2016 12:38:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Thirty-four countries, 27 of them in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to a new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report released here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: Ethiopian farmers need urgent assistance to feed country - FAO
    07 march 2016 11:53:15
    Italy, Rome (PANA) - Timely agricultural assistance for the upcoming rainy season is essential to help the drought-affected people of Ethiopia, as one of the strongest El Niño events on record continues to have devastating effects on the lives and livelihoods of farmers and herders, the UN Food and Agriculture Oraganization said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: Overall global food prices steady in February – UN
    04 march 2016 10:09:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Overall food prices stayed put on the month in February, as falling sugar and dairy prices offset a spike in vegetable oil prices, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Italy: New report shows massive price hikes in CAR
    02 march 2016 15:13:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Three years of conflict and ongoing displacements in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to disrupt agriculture and severely constrain people's access to food, as they struggle with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: War weary families in Central African Republic face dire food situation – UN
    01 march 2016 18:37:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Three years of conflict and ongoing displacements in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to disrupt agriculture and severely constrain people's access to food, as they struggle with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Egypt: IFPRI opens programme office in Cairo
    29 february 2016 19:05:51
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a global leader in research on food, nutrition, and agriculture, will launch a new programme office in Cairo, Egypt on 1 March 2016, the US-based institute said Monday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana seeks to diversify beef export markets
    24 february 2016 19:30:51
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced it intends to find alternative markets for beef apart from its European Union niche. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Unleash full potential of community-based forestry' - FAO
    24 february 2016 11:11:59
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Community-based forestry has shown itself to be a potent vehicle for promoting sustainable forest management, reducing poverty and generating jobs and income for rural communities. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD-supported projects prop up post-Ebola recovery in Liberia
    23 february 2016 08:02:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Liberia and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed two agreements to finance initiatives that will boost farmers’ income, generate much needed foreign exchange, and contribute more broadly to the country’s post-Ebola recovery. Full text...

  • Morocco: Top fishery officials gather in Morocco
    22 february 2016 14:04:29
    Agadir, Morocco (PANA) - High-level delegations of fisheries ministries from more than 50 countries are gathering in Agadir for a summit with industry players to discuss emerging governance needs in a sector that provides the world with 17 per cent of its animal protein and developing countries with more export revenue than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined. Full text...

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