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  • Germany: FAO, Germany to hold forum on water and the future of food
    18 january 2017 11:25:09
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Oraganisation (FAO), is holding this year's annual Berlin Global Forum on Food and Agriculture from 19–21 January, FAO announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda seeks to boost sugar production by 2020
    17 january 2017 13:25:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities say they intend to expand sugar production capacity to respond to the growing demand of the market in the coming few years, a senior government official revealed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Italy: Drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk
    17 january 2017 10:52:53
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardise the East African nation's restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades, the UN food agency warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda bans chicken import from Uganda over bird flu outbreak
    17 january 2017 10:28:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan authorities on Tuesday announced a ban on the import of chicken and poultry products from Uganda over an avian flu outbreak in neighbouring Uganda. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia probes alleged corruption in Zambia-Malawi maize deal
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Zambia has disclosed that investigations have been instituted into alleged corruption relating to the Zambia-Malawi maize deal. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD, Mauritanian authorities partner to support farmers
    12 january 2017 20:55:06
    New York, US (PANA) - A new partnership between the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mauritanian authorities is expected to boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country. Full text...

  • Italy: Food commodity prices fell for fifth straight year in 2016 - FAO
    12 january 2017 10:43:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President prods MPs to join fight against army worms
    03 january 2017 15:02:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the country tackles the destruction of maize fields by army worms, Zambian President Edgar Lungu says measures to control the outbreak are steadily yielding results, but he regrets the absence of members of Parliament in the national emergency operation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Horn of Africa braces for another hunger seasons, warns FAO
    20 december 2016 13:14:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region this year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO chief says women hold key to attaining zero-hunger
    16 december 2016 13:46:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but also a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Population growth in sub-Sahara Africa to triple cereal demand by 2050
    15 december 2016 19:02:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Although several studies have shown the global increase in food demand by 2050 can be met by increasing yields on existing cropland, a new study has found that countries south of the Sahara would be unable to meet growing cereal demand through yield increases alone. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Female researcher tops the list of African Women of the year 2016 in Agriculture
    15 december 2016 14:43:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dr. Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda, has topped the list of 2016’s African Women of the year in Agriculture, Mining and Architecture, especially for her efforts towards a food secure Africa by the famous New African Woman Magazine, according to a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ADF extends US$ 93.51m loan to support Tanzania's agriculture sector
    14 december 2016 19:31:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Supporting Tanzania’s agriculture, the Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a US$ 93.51 million loan to Tanzania for on-lending to the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB), the Abidjan-based Fund announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari urges Nigerians to "grow what we eat and consume what we make"
    14 december 2016 18:33:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to grow what they eat and consume what they make. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO data point at strong potential of forest sector in emerging bioeconomies
    14 december 2016 11:44:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: FAO urges investing in agric, science, technology to achieve 2030 ‘zero hunger’ target
    13 december 2016 21:48:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations announced on Tuesday, at a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists, that in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector must increase commitment to agricultural science and technology research. Full text...

  • Italy: Colombia President Santos to visit FAO
    13 december 2016 12:51:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Colombian President and Nobel laureate Juan Manuel Santos will visit the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome on 15 December for talks with the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. Full text...

  • Tunisia: IFAD calls for agric investment to address poverty, inequality in Near East and North Africa
    09 december 2016 14:12:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Income inequality and a rising rural-urban divide, compounded by political instability, are the most challenging issues in the Near East and North Africa, says a new report unveiled here Thursday by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity - FAO
    08 december 2016 11:50:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely affected food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a UN Food and Agriculture FAO report. Full text...

  • Italy: Food prices broadly stable amid record cereal inventories - FAO
    08 december 2016 11:23:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Food Price Index dipped slightly in November, marking a mild departure from its steady rise over the course of 2016, the organisation said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches relief support for 13.8 million drought victims in southern Africa
    07 december 2016 18:44:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the worst El Nino-induced drought in decades in southern Africa, UN humanitarian agencies and partners on Wednesday launched a revised Action Plan to outlining their response to the needs of an estimated 13.8 million people as the region enters the peak of the lean season with largely depleted food stocks due to poor and failed harvests. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for healthy soils for sustainable food production
    05 december 2016 15:48:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday stressed the importance of healthy soils, saying that "sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, sequester more carbon and increase resilience to a changing climate." Full text...

  • Italy: World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture
    05 december 2016 14:00:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on World Soil Day. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges more humanitarian support for Somalia
    02 december 2016 17:27:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq on Friday appealed for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa country facing severe drought and food shortage. Full text...

  • UN: UN says global malnutrition costs US$3.5 trillion
    01 december 2016 18:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - As the two-day International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition kicked off on Thursday in Rome, Italy, participants were told that one in three people on the planet suffers some form of malnutrition, impacting public health and economic development at an estimated cost of US$3.5 trillion per year. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO/WHO to hold symposium on sustainable food systems for healthy diets
    29 november 2016 11:43:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN food and health agencies are organising a joint International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition in Rome on 1-2 December to examine concrete actions in the UN nutrition decade. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD calls for rural youth empowerment in West, Central Africa
    24 november 2016 12:11:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Youth unemployment, insecure land tenure and weak value chains are the main obstacles in the way of ending poverty and inequality in West and Central Africa, said a new report presented Wednesday in Abidjan by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: FAO says more should be done to promote consumption of pulses
    23 november 2016 12:10:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Consumer awareness of the nutritional and dietary benefits of pulses, the edible seeds of leguminous plants and notably including lentils, chickpeas, cowpeas and many dry beans, remains inadequate and more must be done to promote their role in food systems, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO launches new statistics website on key agricultural indicators
    22 november 2016 13:14:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a new and revamped FAOSTAT web site, making the world's most comprehensive statistical database on food, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources management and nutrition even more accessible for public use. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, Vatican condemn illegal fishing, forced labour on the high seas
    21 november 2016 13:17:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Vatican on Monday called for an intensified international push to stamp out human rights abuses in the world's fishing industry, including trafficking of people and forced labour as well as end the scourge of illegal fishing. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, WFP urge action on food insecurity in southern Madagascar
    18 november 2016 18:26:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Farmers in southern Madagascar, hit by three years of devastating drought, urgently need more support so they can plant crops in time for the December and January planting season, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, Vatican shine a spotlight on 'modern-day slavery' on the high seas
    16 november 2016 10:18:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Vatican are to shine a spotlight on "modern-day slavery" on the high seas as they host an event on this year's World Fisheries Day next Monday to examine human rights violations, including pirate fishing, child labour, and human trafficking. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO report surveys risks in livestock production
    15 november 2016 11:28:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Mounting evidence that food systems may be major conduits of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) point to the need for greater vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Rehabilitating drylands key to global food security - IFAD
    12 november 2016 10:36:20
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - A new report released by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reveals that drylands, which cover some 40 per cent of the earth’s land surface, are critical in order to buffer the negative impacts of climate change, land degradation, and drought. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria invites Russians to invest in agriculture
    11 november 2016 18:49:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government has invited Russians to take advantage of the country’s arable land to produce and export agricultural products. Full text...

  • Italy: Sugar, cereals lift FAO Food Price Index
    10 november 2016 14:00:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 172.6 points in October, up 0.7 percent for the month and 9.1 percent from a year earlier, with the staple grains' index rising for the first time in three months, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a news dispatch in Rome on Thursday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Small farmers can earn big returns by investing in climate adaptation - UN report
    10 november 2016 12:02:29
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has issued a new report which shows that for every dollar invested through its Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), farmers could earn a return of between US$1.40 and US$2.60 over a 20-year period by applying climate change adaptation practices. Full text...

  • Thailand: Future of food security depends on irrigation methods that adapt to climate change – UN agency
    08 november 2016 06:35:43
    Chiang Mai, Thailand (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that in order to adapt agriculture to a changing climate, new approaches to irrigation will need to be developed and implemented worldwide. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New forage recommended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    07 november 2016 10:52:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Investing in new forage to small-scale farmers can be a low risk investment that will generate tens of millions of dollars, according to a new study made available to PANA by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Full text...

  • UN: Western Saharan refugees face food shortage - UN agencies
    02 november 2016 18:23:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Three UN agencies operating in Algeria on Wednesday appealed for continued donor support for refugees from Western Sahara, warning that insufficient funding makes imminent a cut in basic food rations. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns on drought, hunger in southern Madagascar
    27 october 2016 17:23:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The impact of severe El Nino-induced drought on crop production in southern Madagascar, where nearly 850,000 people are acutely food insecure, is likely to persist into 2017 and requires an intensified humanitarian response, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO charts course towards a Zero Hunger world
    26 october 2016 15:07:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Countries and international organizations need to make "tremendous" efforts and increase their investments to improve national statistical capacities to monitor progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Full text...

  • Ghana: New report charts path for Africa's nutrition revolution
    18 october 2016 18:46:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is having a positive impact in countries that have implemented its recommendations, according to the 2015 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) released Tuesday in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Sudan: USAID food shipment arrives in Port Sudan
    18 october 2016 14:34:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated, through the UN World Food Programme (WFP), a shipment of 50,000 metric tons of food commodities offered by the American people for the needy people across Sudan. Full text...

  • Italy: UN agencies urge transformation of food systems for better nutrition
    18 october 2016 11:12:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has begun a week-long meeting in Rome, Italy, poised in the wake of international agreements on new global Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to forge ahead with coordinated action to transform the world's food systems and nutrition. Full text...

  • Italy: Agriculture has big role to play in curbing greenhouse gas emissions - FAO
    17 october 2016 12:09:49
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The pledge to eradicate hunger and poverty must go hand in hand with rapid transformations of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, FAO said on Monday in a new report. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stress need to boost agricultural productivity
    16 october 2016 16:56:13
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark World Food Day 2016, the UN is highlighting the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, stressing the need to boost agricultural productivity to feed the global population amid the challenges of climate change. Full text...

  • Kenya: Third World doing badly in anti-hunger fight - report
    12 october 2016 15:44:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The global community is not on course to end hunger by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal deadline of 2030, according to data from the 2016 Global Hunger Index, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)). Full text...

  • Senegal: Kenyan farmers demand investment in ecological farming
    11 october 2016 14:40:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 30 smallholder farmers in Kenya Tuesday embarked on a four-day resilience journey across different counties in the country with a clear message ahead of the World Food Day celebrations. Full text...

  • Italy: World Food Day to focus on climate change and sustainable agric
    11 october 2016 11:18:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - This year's World Food Day will focus on climate change and sustainable agriculture, the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

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