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  • 'Cities, local policies key to overcome hunger,' stresses FAO head
    20 october 2017 18:09:57
    Valencia, Spain (PANA) - Highlighting the potential of cities to address malnutrition, the head of the United Nations food security agency on Friday called for innovative partnerships between urban centres and wide range of stakeholders to overcome the challenge of food waste and to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet for all. Full text...

  • Gov't agency announces first produce fair for farmers
    20 october 2017 14:06:35
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Produce Monitoring Board (PMB) has announced plans for its first annual produce fair for local farmers across the country, according to the Executive Secretary of the PMB, Haja Isatu Kabba. Full text...

  • Global programme seeks to contain serious threat to the world's bananas
    18 october 2017 11:12:42
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world's most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income. Full text...

  • Tanzania cautions herders on cross-border pasturing
    18 october 2017 10:30:13
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian livestock herders in the country’s border regions must desist from letting their animals to graze in neighbouring countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Greenpeace urges Kenya government shift to ecological farming
    17 october 2017 09:58:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government been called upon to support and enable a food sovereignty system that calls for a shift from industrial agriculture to ecological farming to help ease the pressure to feed its people. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Government lays out plan to stave off famine in Burkina Faso
    16 october 2017 20:08:22
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Facing the possibility of famine hitting several areas of Burkina Faso, the country's Ministry of Agriculture has set up a response plan to food insecurity with an outlay of 22 billion CFA Francs, official sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope Francis urges action on climate change, conflict to address migration
    16 october 2017 11:09:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis on Monday called for governments around the world to collaborate to make migration a safer and voluntary choice, arguing that assuring food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO says agric, rural dev't crucial in responses to conflict, hunger, migration
    15 october 2017 18:07:59
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - At the G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting on Sunday, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, José Graziano da Silva, stressed the role of agriculture and rural development in addressing prevention and responses related to conflicts, migration, and food security. Full text...

  • US: UN highlights rural women's participation in sustainable, climate-resilient agriculture
    15 october 2017 18:03:10
    New York, US (PANA) – Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked, the head of the United Nations entity for women's empowerment said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO launches €45 million initiative to curb unsustainable wildlife hunting
    10 october 2017 12:07:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A €45-million multi-partner programme launched on Tuesday at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO calls for new food systems to conquer malnutrition in all its forms
    10 october 2017 10:55:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Companies and consumers must step up their efforts to overhaul the world's food systems at a time when the twin spectres of hunger and obesity are both on the rise, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva has told delegates at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to support Africa’s initiative to strengthen livestock development
    09 october 2017 18:16:34
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Agro-Industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Kumar Seeruttun on Monday said initiatives aiming at increasing food security, resilience to climate change and improving livelihood should be encouraged and supported. Full text...

  • Italy: Rural areas key to economic growth in developing countries - FAO report says
    09 october 2017 09:55:42
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Millions of young people in developing countries who are poised to enter the labour force in the coming decades need not flee rural areas to escape poverty, argues a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture published on Monday. Full text...

  • Malta: Join global treaty to root out the scourge of illegal fishing, urges FAO
    06 october 2017 18:46:56
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) – Calling for strengthening the fight against illegal fishing, the United Nations food security agency has urged all countries to join a landmark global treaty that aims to rid the world of the multibillion-dollar scourge. Full text...

  • Congo: WFP to feed 4,000 students in Congo
    05 october 2017 13:33:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will feed 4,000 students in schools across the country for the academic year 2017-2018, the representative of the UN organisation in Congo, Jean-Martin Bauer, announced on Thursday at the end of talks with the Congolese minister of primary and secondary education, Anatole Collinet Makosso. Full text...

  • Italy: Vegetable oils give a lift to FAO Food Price Index
    05 october 2017 11:15:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices rose slightly in September, as firmer prices of vegetable oils and to a lesser extent dairy products offset declining prices for staple cereal grains, the UN food agency reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Poultry industry stakeholders in Africa seek to upgrade productivity
    04 october 2017 19:28:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A high-level international conference and exhibition, dubbed 'Poultry Africa', ended in Kigali on Wednesday after challenging discussions on poultry productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, which should also meet international standards. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD to grant Burundi US$ 24.9 million for rural finance inclusion
    03 october 2017 15:21:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A total of 99,200 Burundian rural households in 17 provinces will benefit from a financial agreement signed on Tuesday between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Burundi, the UN agency has said. Full text...

  • US: Food assistance remains a critical safety net for poor and vulnerable people
    28 september 2017 18:35:11
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - With 1.5 billion people covered globally, food and voucher programmes provide an important lifeline for the poor and vulnerable. Understanding how those programmes work, and how they connect to wider social protection systems is key to ensuring food security and helping the poor, says a new World Bank report. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Poultry industry stakeholders set for Africa's largest conference in Kigali
    28 september 2017 15:49:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Poultry industry stakeholders, including producers, egg suppliers, veterinarians and decision makers from across Africa and beyond are set to convene in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for a major conference and exhibition, dubbed "Poultry Africa", scheduled for 4-5 October, according to a statement issued Thursday by Rwanda ministry of agriculture and animal resources. Full text...

  • Italy: Bioversity Int'l launches 1st scientific review of agrobiodiversity’s untapped potential
    26 september 2017 14:46:59
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Investments in agrobiodiversity play a critical yet overlooked role in tackling wider global targets such as reducing poverty and malnutrition, reversing environmental degradation and combating climate change, according to a new study released in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday.. Full text...

  • 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...

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