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  • UN: FAO/WHO conference moves to eradicate malnutrition, hunger
    22 november 2014 07:27:16
    New York, US (PANA) - In a move hailed as a renewed global momentum to end hunger, leaders from over 170 countries who attended a UN nutrition conference, which concluded on Friday, pledged to establish national policies aimed at eradicating malnutrition in all its forms, from hunger to obesity, and transform food systems to make nutritious diets available to all. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Pepper from Sao Tome and Principe finds market in France
    21 november 2014 15:41:09
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) - In a bid to diversify its agriculture industry, Sao Tome and Principe will soon start exporting pepper to France, PANA learnt here Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: WFO endorses the Rome Declaration on Nutrition
    21 november 2014 10:31:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) on Thursday endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action during the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which ends here Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope Francis urges solidarity, concrete action in global nutrition challenge
    20 november 2014 13:37:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis has told politicians from around the world to view food, nutrition and the environment as global public issues at a time when nations are more tightly linked with each other than ever before. Full text...

  • Italy: Countries vow to combat malnutrition through firm policies, actions
    19 november 2014 13:11:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, more than 170 countries Wednesday made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief tasks MPs to boost global nutrition
    19 november 2014 09:12:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Full text...

  • Italy: Civil society gears up for nutrition conference
    18 november 2014 09:40:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are key players in this week's global nutrition conference, as they are tasked with making sure political promises are kept, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • Kenya: Fast-growing fish farming to improve nuitrition in Africa, Asia - FAO
    14 november 2014 11:13:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fish farming will likely grow more than expected in the coming decade, offering a chance for improved nutrition for millions of people, especially in Africa and Asia, according to a new FAO report. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Zimbabwean lawmaker says land reforms 'to propel agricultural revival'
    13 november 2014 21:15:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopis (PANA) – A Zimbabwean lawmaker has praised land reforms in the Southern African state, saying the country would soon become Africa's breadbasket after undertaking land law reforms. Full text...

  • UN: WFP says Ebola epidemic causes food price hikes in Liberia
    13 november 2014 18:40:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The Ebola epidemic has bumped up food prices in Liberia and forced families to cope by eating fewer meals and smaller portions, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union hails efforts to avert land grabs
    12 november 2014 14:57:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has hailed Germany for providing assistance to universities in African countries to enhance research on effective land use and management. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says West Africa on brink of food crisis due to Ebola
    11 november 2014 21:12:29
    New York, US (PANA) - As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, leaving more than 4,000 people dead, the region is now on the brink of a major food crisis, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver, warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US commends Khartoum, Juba for helping war victims in South Sudan
    10 november 2014 14:42:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The United States embassy in Khartoum has commended Sudan for its cooperation with the world food programme and South Sudan in helping to take food to thousands of war affected southern Sudanese. Full text...

  • Togo: Livestock farmers in Togo benefit from government support
    07 november 2014 17:11:09
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – More than 30 commercial livestock farmers in the northern Togo region of Kara have benefited from 900 million CFAF provided by the government through its agricultural sector support fund to prop up livestock development, PANA learnt Friday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Fresh efforts to boost ignored land management in Africa
    07 november 2014 13:11:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), the UN and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are launching a major bid to improve the management of land, which has been a source of conflict in Africa. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO food price index shows signs of stabilisation after summer drop
    06 november 2014 11:49:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The monthly food price index of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was stable in October, as sugar and vegetable oil prices rose to offset declines in dairy and meat prices. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to conduct national census on livestock, fisheries
    05 november 2014 15:39:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government will spend some 4.017 billion FCFA on its General Agricultural Census (RGA) to update national statistics on agriculture, livestock and fisheries, Rigobert Maboundou, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, indicated here Tuesday during a press lunch. Full text...

  • Austria: 'Industrialisation, good tool for poverty, hunger reduction but.....'
    05 november 2014 11:21:44
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Industrialisation can be an important tool for poverty and hunger reduction but should not come at the expense of agricultural development, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: US supports Kenya's Livestock sector
    04 november 2014 12:55:04
    Machakos, Kenya (PANA) - United States Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, and Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary, Felix Koskei, Tuesday launched the Kenya Semi-Arid Livestock Enhancement Support (K-SALES) Project in Machakos. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO says floods aggravating food security in Somalia
    31 october 2014 11:49:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - After a poor rainy season, parts of southern Somalia are now being hit by severe bouts of floods, further aggravating the already alarming food security situation in the Horn of Africa nation, experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have warned. Full text...

  • Italy: Farming, families hit by insecurity, says FAO/WFP report
    29 october 2014 11:19:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Widespread looting and insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) have taken a heavy toll on crops, livestock and fishing and is eroding the capacity of people across the country to secure sufficient food, a new assessment by the UN food and agriculture agencies has found. Full text...

  • UN: FAO-backed study on fruit flies prompts better pest controls
    28 october 2014 18:10:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A new study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief lauds key role of family farmers in food-secure future
    28 october 2014 06:59:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Praising family farmers for their key role in meeting the needs of a Full text...

  • Mauritania: EU funds food security project in southern Mauritania
    27 october 2014 20:32:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The European Union is funding a food and nutrition security project in southern Mauritania aimed at strengthening agricultural activities to develop food production and ensure the availability of a diversified diet throughout the year. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies launch joint initiative to check global food waste
    24 october 2014 17:49:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi to host plant biosecurity meeting
    24 october 2014 15:32:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The new Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership will hold its first workshop on 27-28 October in Nairobi with specialist representatives from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe in attendance. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African States to earn US$2.6 trillion from agriculture by 2020 - Expert
    22 october 2014 14:11:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Africa's leading economies, including Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya, are expected to earn some US$2.6 trillion from agriculture, consumer goods as well as infrastructure growth, according to a Nigerian expert, Mr. Amstrong Katang. Full text...

  • Nigeria :Ebola, threat to food security in West Africa
    22 october 2014 12:56:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has warned of a looming food crisis in West Africa due to the outbreak and spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Food expert urges appropriate strategies to address 'hidden hunger' in Sub-Sahara Africa
    21 october 2014 17:08:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Sub-Sahara Africa needs to address the challenge of stopping food losses that occur mostly at the processing and storage stage, in order to cut down alarming rates of hunger and under-nutrition, the Director General of the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Shenggen Fan, told PANA in an exclusive interview here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, National Geographic Society team up against hunger
    17 october 2014 21:53:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the National Geographic Society on Friday launched a partnership to help promote greater awareness about food and nutrition-related issues, while providing greater ammunition in the global fight against hunger. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola placing "serious constraints" on agriculture in West Africa
    17 october 2014 19:22:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is creating serious problems for farmers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Kenya: Family farmers key to eradicating hunger, says FAO
    16 october 2014 12:46:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nine out of 10 of the world's 570 million farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in achieving sustainable food security, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Reuters, FAO launch global food news platform
    16 october 2014 12:41:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Thomson Reuters Foundation and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Thursday launched a comprehensive global news platform dedicated to food issues. Full text...

  • Kenya: China pledges US$50m in support of South South cooperation
    15 october 2014 13:24:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - China has announced a US$50 million donation to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to support the Organization's programme of "South-South cooperation" to improve food security and promote sustainable agricultural development over the next five years. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD chief says conflict, Ebola threaten food security in Africa
    14 october 2014 17:33:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa and conflict Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief calls for increased food security measures
    13 october 2014 18:35:04
    New York, US (PANA) - With some 805 million people still chronically undernourished in the Full text...

  • Rwanda: New Global Hunger Index report shows progress in Sub-Saharan Africa
    13 october 2014 17:18:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Over the last two decades at least six African countries have registered tremendous improvements in addressing child underweight, described as the main indicator of hunger and under-nutrition, despite persistent food insecurity in several parts across the continent, according to a new Global Hunger Index (GHI) report for 2014. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Hidden hunger in South Africa perpetuates inequality, destroys people's potential to prosper'
    13 october 2014 10:02:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - One in four people in South Africa do not have enough to eat, and half the population is at risk of hunger, despite the country producing more than enough food, according to a new report by Oxfam. Full text...

  • UN: FAO forum spotlights civil society's role in fighting hunger
    12 october 2014 16:39:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) kicked-off a two-day Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia loses 20,000 ha of cultivable land to erosion yearly
    12 october 2014 13:31:30
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia loses approximately 20,000 ha of arable land every year due to soil erosion, salinity and urbanization, a local natural resources expert, Omar Matimat said on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says good harvests drive international food prices down
    09 october 2014 20:10:32
    New York, US PANA) - Food markets are more stable and prices for most agricultural commodities are sharply lower than they have been in recent years, according to the latest edition of the biannual Food Outlook report released on Thursday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Report highlights need for GMO technologies in increasing Africa's food security
    08 october 2014 13:15:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One way to sustain crop productivity in Africa is through the increased use of bio-technology, including genetically modified organism (GMO) which can lead to an improvement in farmers' livelihoods on the continent, according to a new joint report released Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB). Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO launches food security initiative in Ebola-hit West Africa
    08 october 2014 13:06:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO Wednesday launched a new programme to urgently assist 90,000 vulnerable households in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone whose food supplies and livelihoods are threatened by the disruptive effect the Ebola epidemic, the UN food and agriculture agency, FAO, said in a press statement, received by PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAC, partners push climate smart agriculture
    02 october 2014 14:01:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Regional experts from Eastern Africa are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to create a robust network to promote climate smart agriculture. Full text...

  • Kenya: Madagascar locust plague halted but resurgence looms - FAO
    02 october 2014 13:25:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A locust plague that spread across Madagascar threatening the main staple food crops and pasture in the country has been successfully contained. Full text...

  • UN: Liberia govt, FAO, WFP assessing Ebola's impact on food security
    01 october 2014 22:26:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The Liberian government, along with key UN agencies, is set to carry out a rapid field assessment on food security and livelihoods in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • UN: FAO urges 'paradigm shift' towards sustainable agriculture
    29 september 2014 18:34:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said Monday that in order to move towards more sustainable agriculture, Full text...

  • UN: World leaders, corporations, organisations take steps to ensure food security
    23 september 2014 21:16:56
    New York, US (PANA) - With demand for food set to increase by 60 per cent by 2050, world leaders, major corporations and civil society at the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday promised to transform agricultural practices by increasing productivity while reducing carbon emissions. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Swine fever outbreak detected in northern Cameroon
    19 september 2014 18:50:52
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon's Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock on Friday announced an outbreak of swine fever in the northern Logone and Chari region which accounts for 25 percent of the country's pig breeding. Full text...

  • Kenya: Africa lags behind in in global hunger fight - UN
    16 september 2014 13:34:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Full text...

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