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  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits US$300m for boosting farmers' resilience to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa
    12 december 2017 17:22:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday pledged US$ 300 million over the next three years (2018-2020) to support agricultural research that will help the poorest farmers better adapt to increasingly challenging growing conditions brought about by climate change Full text...

  • Gov'ts, civil society step up efforts to help mountain people
    11 december 2017 12:02:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Some 60 countries and over 200 civil society organizations on Monday pledged on International Mountain Day to strengthen mountain people and their environments’ resilience in the face of rising climate change, hunger and migration, and ensure sustainable mountain development is integrated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • FAO urges the protection of mountains from degradation
    11 december 2017 07:38:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world celebrates International Mountain Day on Monday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is urging the world to protect mountains from degradation, saying they provide energy, water and food, among other things. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index declines in November amid cereals boom
    07 december 2017 10:58:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices declined marginally in November, as lower dairy prices offset a sharp increase in sugar and vegetable oil quotations, according to the latest UN Food and Agriculture Organisaion (FAO) Food Price Index issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • Conflicts, drought spur hunger despite strong global food supply
    07 december 2017 10:52:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Strong cereal harvests are keeping global food supplies buoyant, but localised drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, according to the new edition of UN Food and Agricukture (FAO) Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Full text...

  • Japan to support efforts targeting crop-destroying Fall armyworm in South Sudan
    06 december 2017 10:29:56
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Efforts in South Sudan to fight Fall armyworm, an insect that destroys crops, have received a boost thanks to the Government of Japan’s decision to provide US$3 million to support a project run by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Full text...

  • World’s most comprehensive map showing amount of carbon stocks in the soil launched
    05 december 2017 21:55:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Marking "World Soil Day," the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday launched the most comprehensive global map to date showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil. Full text...

  • AfDB supports Namibia’s Agriculture Sector
    05 december 2017 12:53:00
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is supporting Namibia’s Agriculture Sector with the approval of One Billion South African Rands (ZAR 1 billion) loan to finance the country’s Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP). (US$1 = ZAR 13.62). Full text...

  • FAO cautions that soils being neglected as 'World Soil Day' is marked
    05 december 2017 10:30:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world marks "World Soil Day" on Tuesday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has cautioned that soils are being neglected. It adds, however, that this can be reversed. Full text...

  • More investment needed to reverse rise in hunger, says FAO boss
    04 december 2017 11:43:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The recent increase in the number of hungry people in the world requires immediate action to reverse this situation, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told members of the Council on Monday. Full text...

  • FAO says: 'It's time to put cactus on the menu'
    30 november 2017 11:19:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Cactus pear should be considered as a valuable asset, especially for food and livestock feed in dryland areas, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO launches new online tool to better safeguard animal genetic resources
    30 november 2017 10:56:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a new database that will help countries to better monitor, survey and effectively manage their animal genetic resources, allowing for early warning of the threat of extinction. Full text...

  • Ensuring family farmers' access to food key to tackling global hunger – FAO
    28 november 2017 21:37:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Family farmers need more support and access to food, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency has said, urging lawmakers to consider legislation that improves productivity and boosts social protections to tackle the global hunger challenge which, he warned, is at an “inflection point”, the UN food agency reported on Tuesday Full text...

  • Rwandan PM urges more efforts to improve post-harvest crop handling
    27 november 2017 17:40:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Monday called for increased efforts to advance agricultural transformation in the country's remote rural areas in order to ensure farmers have extra development activities through post-harvest marketing of their produce. Full text...

  • IFAD hails France support to small scale farmers in developing countries
    17 november 2017 11:44:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is in Paris to take part in a roundtable that will review results from an independent evaluation of France's partnership with IFAD, the specialised UN agency said in a news dispatch Friday. Full text...

  • Chronic undernourishment in sub-Saharan Africa increases - FAO
    16 november 2017 12:57:36
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The number of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa has increased mainly due to the impact of conflict and climate change with the situation pointing to the urgent need to build affected communities' resilience and to find peaceful solutions that strengthen food security, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU helps to set up of National Apiculture Platform in Mauritius
    16 november 2017 07:32:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The National Apiculture Platform in Mauritius will create synergies among stakeholders of the sector, and will help increase their willingness to mobilise resources collectively for the production of honey. Full text...

  • Greener livestock supply chains offer quick wins in climate battle - FAO
    14 november 2017 19:08:58
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The agricultural sectors are where efforts to end hunger and prevent planetary overheating can come together, and improving livestock supply chains is a fast way to start, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia's food trade balance shows 44% deficit over first 10 months this year
    14 november 2017 11:03:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's deficit of food trade balance increased by 44% in the first 10 months this year to US$509 million as against US$353 million for the same period last year, according to statistics provided on Monday by the Tunisian Agriculture ministry. Full text...

  • UN roots for enhanced gender equality in agriculture in Rwanda
    13 november 2017 11:30:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - UN agencies will avail financial resources and technical expertise to the Rwandan government in a move to address current gaps that still exist to mainsitream gender into agricultural policies and programmes, according to an official statement made available on Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Papal gift helps hungry families in South Sudan - FAO
    13 november 2017 10:14:59
    Yei, South Sudan (PANA) - Hungry families in South Sudan will be able to make ends meet thanks to vegetable-growing kits funded by a donation from Pope Francis, the UN food agency reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda expands solar powered irrigation scheme to assist small farmers
    11 november 2017 14:44:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan government is set to expand a new solar based plant irrigation system to benefit smallholder farmers in the eastern part of the country by the end of 2017, an official source confirmed on Saturday in Kigali. Full text...

  • FAO says world’s food import bill is rising despite large production and robust supply
    09 november 2017 12:39:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - While food commodity prices have been generally stable, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to US$1.413 trillion, a 6 percent increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record, according to FAO's latest Food Outlook report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector
    09 november 2017 06:12:01
    Geneva, Switzderland (PANA) – The United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched on Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value – to promote healthier and safer work conditions. Full text...

  • WHO recommends farmers stop using antibiotics in healthy animals
    08 november 2017 05:45:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Farmers and the food industry should stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals, the United Nations health agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan’s hunger crisis - FAO
    06 november 2017 09:34:18
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The current harvest season in South Sudan will not end the hunger crisis as conflict persists in most of the country and hyperinflation puts food out of reach for many. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index eases in October as dairy prices decline
    02 november 2017 11:36:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices dipped in October, led lower by dairy products, averaging 27 percent below its all-time high reached in early 2011. Full text...

  • Climate-smart agriculture practices help smallholders deal with threats to African agriculture
    28 october 2017 07:26:09
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, and increased frequency of extreme weather events are expected to slow progress toward boosting the productivity of crop and livestock systems and improving food security in Africa south of the Sahara, according to the 2016 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR). Full text...

  • FAO highlights importance of food security for upcoming WTO Conference
    25 october 2017 13:06:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global trade agreements, harmonized food safety standards and measures that benefit rather than harm poor family farmers in the developing world should be key objectives in the ongoing international trade negotiations, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • '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...

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