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  • 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...

  • Kenya: FAO food price index drops to four-year low
    11 september 2014 10:39:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO's) monthly food price index registered another drop in August, continuing a 5-month downward run and reaching its lowest level since September 2010, the UN agency said Thursday in a dispatch from its base in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: State monopolies strangle agriculture growth in Africa (News round up by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    07 september 2014 13:55:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The failure to rapidly grow the agricultural sector in Africa has been caused by weak and old-fashioned policies favouring state-run companies in the supply of agricultural produce, ministers said here this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African farmers' woes motivate AU push for green revolution
    02 september 2014 16:11:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The fate of farmers affected by climate change and unable to feed Africans dominated Tuesday’s opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which has attracted 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: Over 1m face starvation as food shortage worsens in Somalia
    02 september 2014 12:06:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The gradual recovery and gains made since the end of the famine in 2012 are being lost as poor rains, conflict and trade disruptions have led to a worsening of the food security situation across Somalia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Large-scale partnerships with private sector could undermine Africans' land rights'
    01 september 2014 15:00:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Government policies and almost US$6 billion in aid money to support large partnerships with the private sector are risking Africans’ land rights, worsening inequality and damaging the environment, according to a report published Monday by Oxfam Full text...

  • Nigeria: Researchers want collective action against weeds in Africa
    01 september 2014 13:32:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Researchers have called for more concerted efforts to tackle the menace of weeds and the rejuvenation of the weeds science programme in Africa, as a way of tackling the problem affecting cassava farmers. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Benin to host Africa's first rice innovations fair
    30 august 2014 12:35:32
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) – Innovative research and development products, tools and approaches developed by the Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) and its partners to boost productivity in Africa’s rice farming will be showcased at the first ‘Rice Innovations Fair of ScalableTechnologies’ from 1-2 September 2014, in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Kenya: Swaziland moving towards commercial farming, says FAO
    27 august 2014 13:24:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a major effort to revitalize agriculture in Swaziland, the government, the European Union (EU) and the FAO have helped over 20,000 smallholder farmers produce more, higher-quality food. Full text...

  • Congo: Chinese firm seeks 30,000 hectares to grow cassava in Congo
    22 august 2014 19:44:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A Chinese company, CGC International, is seeking 30,000 hectares for planting cassava in Pointe-Noire, Congo’s main economic and industrial centre, the company’s Deputy Managing Director, Jiang Fei, said Friday in Brazzaville after a meeting with Congolese Minister for Lands Pierre Mabiala. Full text...

  • Congo: Belgian company to invest in rubber production
    21 august 2014 21:01:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A Belgian company, HEVECO, is to invest in the production of rubber in Congo, an engineer of the project, Gilles Van Roye, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFAD President starts official tour of Gambia
    21 august 2014 16:43:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, arrived in Gambia on Thursday for a two-day official visit during which he will meet with President Yahya Jammeh and high-level government officials. Full text...

  • Botswana: Brucellosis vacination called off after 40 years in Botswana
    18 august 2014 13:59:10
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s veterinary services on Monday announced that it has stopped the national brucellosis vaccination campaign after 40 years of usage in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: IFAD President to meet President Jammeh, VP
    18 august 2014 11:34:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo Nwanze is due to arrive in the Gambian capital, Banjul, Wednesday for a two-day official visit to the West African nation. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Private company to invest US$16 million in banana cultivation
    13 august 2014 22:23:41
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Grands Domaines de Mauritanie (GDM), a national private company operating in the agro-industry sector, will soon engage in banana cultivation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Disease reduces Nigerian cocoa prices
    13 august 2014 13:37:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian cocoa farmers are being offered lower prices as mould induced by heavy rainfall has reduced the quality of the chocolate ingredients, according to Socodevi, a Canada-based organisation working on improving crops in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: Zambia gets new project to enhance food security
    07 august 2014 15:21:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A new project geared towards reducing post-maize harvest losses and improving grain handling in Zambia was Thursday launched in the country, according to a statement obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO Food Prize Index hits six-month low
    07 august 2014 11:19:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July, mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oil seeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities, the UN agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dangote, Nigerian govt sign MOU on US$1 billion rice investment
    01 august 2014 19:03:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Africa’s richest man and chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Federal Government to invest one billion US dollars in rice production in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan warring factions warned to end looming famine
    31 july 2014 15:25:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The looming famine in South Sudan could be averted if the Government reaches an agreement to end fighting with rebels, regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) warned Thursday. Full text...

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