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  • Nigeria: Local wheat production to save Nigeria 431b naira from imports
    31 march 2015 12:01:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is on the verge of achieving the 68% local wheat production target for the year end, thereby saving the country 431 billion naira ($1=197) from imports, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abidjan hosts int'l confab on getting rid of sheep, goat plague
    30 march 2015 13:55:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, will host an international conference on the control and eradication of sheep and goat plagues, according to a press statement, received here by PANA, Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: IFAD grants US$18 million to build capacity of Congolese fishermen
    27 march 2015 16:40:30
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – About 5,000 fishermen and 500 fish farmers in Congo will benefit from a fishing industry development project to be financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), it was disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • FAO: Conference to launch global control, eradication campaign for sheep, goat plague
    24 march 2015 11:38:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An international conference on control and eradication of sheep and goat plague, known by its French acronym PPR (peste des petits ruminants), scheduled for Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 31 March to 2 April, is to launch global PPR control and eradication campaign. Full text...

  • FAO: 'Crisis-stricken farmers in CAR need urgent help to plant'
    23 march 2015 11:08:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are in urgent need of seeds and tools for the upcoming planting season in April to prevent further deterioration of the livelihoods of vulnerable populations in the conflict-stricken country, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • UN: WFP launches food voucher programme in CAR
    20 march 2015 15:41:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said 100,000 people are to benefit from its food voucher programme, launched for the first time in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: FAO announces new digital system to prevent spread of plant pests
    19 march 2015 16:44:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A new global electronic certification system aimed at reducing the Full text...

  • Japan: Agriculture bears major brunt of disaster impacts, says FAO
    17 march 2015 12:22:12
    Sendai, Japan (PANA) - Nearly a quarter of damages caused by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector, says the initial results from a new study released here Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya urges Japan to review flower export requirements
    16 march 2015 17:27:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has urged Japanese authorities to review the fumigation requirements imposed on flower exports from the east African country. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Experts discuss global measures to keep plant pests at bay
    16 march 2015 13:58:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - How to prevent insects, bacteria, viruses and weeds from infesting fruit, vegetable and other plant and food consignments is the focus of a four-day gathering of international experts which began Monday at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Italy: New FAO report classifies "agrocorridors" as economic driver
    11 march 2015 13:44:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Economic "agrocorridors" can be a strategic tool to draw private capital and large-scale investment for projects that benefit smallholder farmers and boost food security in low-income countries, according to a new FAO report that provides guidance on how development planners can avoid pitfalls. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Agric dev. gives renewed hope for peace in Côte d'Ivoire'
    11 march 2015 11:35:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The potentials in the Ivorian agricultural sector, disrupted by the civil war that broke out in 2002, are still key to the country's economy and future, the the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) said in press statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: New report highlights climate-smart agriculture tools, policy formulation in Africa
    10 march 2015 16:14:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new set of developed tools, including geospacial data and an agricultural simulation toolbox that allows users to select geography, technology and climate change scenarios, will support better policy decisions across Africa, according to a new report, released Tuesday by the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • Nigeria: IITA, AfDB, inaugurate Africa youth agriculture scheme
    09 march 2015 20:26:01
    Lagos, Nigeria(PANA) -The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, south west Nigeria, in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Nigerian government has launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1) to encourage more African youth to participate in agriculture. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies say women farmers pillar of food security
    06 march 2015 22:43:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of International Women’s Day, UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday stated that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security, urging countries to step up efforts to empower rural women who too often do "backbreaking work" to harvest food. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says world food prices dip to lowest level since July 2010
    05 march 2015 19:00:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Food prices dipped to a 55-month low in February, dropping a steady 1.0 per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent below its level compared to a year earlier, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Scientists advocate new approach to fighting hunger, poverty
    05 march 2015 13:04:31
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Agricultural scientists and researchers from over 30 countries across the world have advocated the adoption of an integrated systems research approach to fight hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Int'l confab on integrated systems research underway in Nigeria
    03 march 2015 17:56:09
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Scientists from 30 countries are gathered at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, South West Nigeria, brainstorming on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger rollout of ‘green society’ goals in land management
    26 february 2015 22:21:20
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are rolling out a new roadmap seeking to enhance transparency in the management of land and forestry resources in 12 African countries around Africa, PANA reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopian marmalade will soon hit shelves at Italian store
    25 february 2015 20:23:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday said a partnership with the Italian gourmet food store, Eataly, will soon see cactus pear marmalade jam from Ethiopia on Italian store shelves. Full text...

  • Niger: Donors launch plan to curb clashes over land in Niger
    25 february 2015 08:58:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - A plan to curb clashes between pastoralists and crop farmers over land has been launched in Niger, targeting nine other African countries, as part of an effort to boost agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO: New fish drying technology boosts livelihoods in Ivorian towns
    24 february 2015 11:41:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new and easy-to-assemble fish drying technology pioneered by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping to reduce health hazards, improve food safety and quality, improve working conditions and cut down food losses in West African fishing villages, the UN agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African ministers resolve to enhance livelihood, agriculture
    23 february 2015 20:41:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ministers of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources from Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member States gathered in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Monday have vowed to strengthen measures that would contribute to enhance resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate change and other related risk. Full text...

  • Mauritius: International community to support Indian Ocean food security projects
    21 february 2015 07:20:23
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has said that the two-day Antananarivo conference on food security that ended on Friday night opened a new dynamism for Madagascar and the other Indian Ocean countries by establishing a complete inventory of food and nutritional security projects led by the big island. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief calls for changes in agricultural production
    20 february 2015 20:47:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva on Friday said the model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century and the need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient Full text...

  • Madagascar: Indian Ocean food security sponsors conference opens in Madagascar
    19 february 2015 17:18:38
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Thursday opened a two-day Indian Ocean Food Security Sponsors Conference in Antananarivo suggesting a “win-win partnership” centered on increased production as the answer to the nutritional challenge facing island nations in the region. Full text...

  • Sudan: Over 3m face food insecurity, particularly people in conflict zones, says OCHA
    19 february 2015 11:28:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A food assessment team said there is a continued improvement in food security in the Sudan in general but the situation is acute in conflict zones in the country, a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO provides urgent assistance to drought-stricken Cape Verde
    18 february 2015 19:53:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide food Full text...

  • Rwanda: 3 Rwandan women scientists among winners of 2015 AWARD fellowships
    17 february 2015 13:58:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three Rwandan female scientists are among the 70 winners from 11 countries across Africa, selected for the 2015 international fellowship endowed by the Kenya-based African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) for Field Research and Application, the research institute said in a statement obtained here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD focuses on rural transformation for sustainable development
    16 february 2015 19:40:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Monday Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO calls for support to fight food insecurity in Sahel region
    13 february 2015 19:08:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for support to the tune of US$116 million in order to assist more than 54 million people faced with starvation as a result of violence and insecurity, mostly in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • UN: Farmers in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone get support from World Bank
    12 february 2015 21:33:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Bank has provided US$15 million in emergency financing for farmers in the three countries worst affected by Ebola to support them during the new planting season, a UN statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, SIB team up to develop high tech tools to fight bird flu, other infectious diseases
    10 february 2015 12:09:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has chosen the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) as a designated reference centre to expand its access to state-of the-art technology in combating dangerous viral infections, including avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, in farm animals and wildlife. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns on 'dramatic' decline in food security in South Sudan
    06 february 2015 20:09:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday warned that South Sudan is on the brink of a major food insecurity crisis as millions of people remain trapped by the country’s ongoing fighting. Full text...

  • UN: 'Food prices continue to fall, spurred by cheap oil, abundant supply'
    05 february 2015 19:17:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Global food prices have continued to fall due to a weak euro Full text...

  • FAO: Incumbent DG sole candidate for top leadership election
    02 february 2015 11:46:21
    Rome, Italy ([PANA) - The current Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr. José Graziano da Silva, will be the sole candidate in the forthcoming election for the agency's top leadership post. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Lakes, rivers key to livelihoods of millions'
    29 january 2015 13:58:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The network of lakes, rivers and streams that provide fish and freshwater to millions across the world, needs to be better managed in order to safeguard their contribution to healthy diets and economies, particularly in developing countries. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Evaluation of IFAD programme points to major strides but...
    29 january 2015 13:50:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Targeted investments in Tanzanian agriculture contributed to increasing yields for crops such as paddy, maize, or tomato in a range of 60 to 120 per cent in those areas where irrigation and extension activities were carried out at a substantial level. Full text...

  • Tanzania: FAO calls for urgent attention to farmers in southern Malawi after intense flooding
    28 january 2015 19:15:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday it is working closely with Malawi’s government on a US$16 million response plan aimed at protecting farmers from severe flooding that has destroyed fields and homes, washed away animals and crops, and threatens local food security in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Malawi farmers need help after flooding - FAO
    28 january 2015 12:29:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Farmers in southern Malawi urgently need seeds and livestock after intense flooding destroyed their fields and homes, washing away animals and crops and threatening local food security, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a press statement Wednesday, obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB, Niger sign two deals for US$61 million to reduce food insecurity
    27 january 2015 20:29:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Niger on Tuesday signed two agreements totalling US$61 million to ensure food security in Niger and to strengthen the resilience of the vulnerable population, the Bank said in a statement made available to PANA. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief says agriculture, food security essential for conflict resolution
    26 january 2015 21:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peace building and conflict resolution, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria minister says bird flu outbreak 'under control'
    22 january 2015 22:43:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Agriculture minister, Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina, says the government is working to prevent further spread of bird flu (avian influenza) in the country. Full text...

  • Italy: Funds running out in battle against locusts in Madagascar
    21 january 2015 16:26:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In Madagascar, the battle against an ongoing plague of locusts risks being lost as funds needed to tame widespread infestations of the crop-hungry insects are running out, posing a serious food security challenge for 13 million people. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswna's ostrich farmers challenged to be proactive
    20 january 2015 16:45:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana government has urged local ostrich farmers to help diversify the country's agriculture sector. Full text...

  • Ghana: Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change - says FAO
    19 january 2015 21:03:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by FAO on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFDC recommends sustainable crops intensification in West Africa
    14 january 2015 22:01:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The country representative of the International Centre for Fertilizer Development (IFDC) in Senegal, Susan Van Keulen-Cantella, on Wednesday said that the development and improvement of the value chains of production of agricultural produce in Africa must go through an intensified and sustainable production of food crops. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali launches project to mainstream resilience in livestock mobility
    14 january 2015 21:45:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The proposed 7 million-euro project dedicated to build resilience of livestock mobility was launched on Wednesday in Sikasso, 380 km south of Bamako. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO food price index drops for third consecutive year
    08 january 2015 13:24:08
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The monthly Food Price Index of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) declined in December after three months of stability, the Rome-based UN agency said in a dispatch from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Research institute launches cassava weed management campaign on social media
    07 january 2015 14:19:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – As part of efforts to create awareness on the Cassava Weed Management project, a Facebook and Twitter accounts have been launched, according to a statement made available to PANA Wednesday by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Ibadan, South West Nigeria. Full text...

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