Malnutrition Control (UNICEF/ Senegal) -
  • FAO tells G7 that 'urgent action needed to curb malnutrition globally'
    06 november 2017 09:43:21
    Milan, Italy (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has stressed the critical need to transform food systems to ensure healthy diets and good nutrition for all. 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...

  • 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...

  • Mali: UNICEF warns of nutrition crisis affecting 165,000 children in Mali
    09 october 2017 17:19:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday. 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...

  • Kenya: UNICEF says nutrition crisis deepening across Kenya
    16 september 2017 07:46:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 – has helped push an additional 37,000 children across Kenya below the threshold of acute malnutrition, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported. 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...

  • DRC: DR Congo’s economy loses over US$1 billion to child under-nutrition - Study
    07 july 2017 20:08:26
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is losing as much as 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a United Nations-backed study released on Friday. Full text...

  • DRC: Nearly 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition in DRC's Greater Kasai – UNICEF
    24 may 2017 15:36:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The crisis in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children in recent months, putting an estimated 400,000 children at risks of severe acute malnutrition, said UNICEF on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Inclusive finance key to food security in East, Southern Africa' - IFAD
    22 may 2017 14:03:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ugandan Government have brought together policy makers and development practitioners for a three-day meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Full text...

  • Somalia: 1.4m children to suffer acute malnutrition in Somalia this year - UNICEF
    02 may 2017 18:43:17
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Small Island Developing States discuss global programme on food security
    05 april 2017 17:19:31
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - High level technicians in food security and nutrition from seven Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions are meeting for three days in Mauritius to provide specific inputs to the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in SIDS.Full text...

  • Somalia: UNICEF says malnutrition, disease rise sharply among Somali children
    31 march 2017 07:06:45
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea – a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Conflict in South Sudan affecting food security in "stable states"
    30 march 2017 16:46:30
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country’s more “stable states,” the head of the United Nations Mission UN in South Sudan, David Shearer said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New improved maize varieties set to be released in sub-Saharan Africa
    31 january 2017 12:14:18
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - Agriculture researchers have embarked on the the replacement of old varieties of maize with some of the over 230 improved drought tolerant seeds across 12 African countries, according to an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali.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...

  • Chad: UN agencies, EU join forces to tackle malnutrition
    19 november 2016 07:13:19
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Important steps have been taken by several United Nations agencies in partnership with the European Union to help tackle malnutrition in Chad, especially in accessibility, availability and use of highly nutritious food for the most vulnerable, according to a joint news release on Friday. 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...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces National Plan of Action for Nutrition
    05 november 2016 14:54:16
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will intends to introduce soon a National Plan of Action for Nutrition for the period 2016 to 2020, an official of the Health and Quality of Life Ministry here told PANA on Saturday.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...

  • UN: UNICEF says most children receive inadequate nutrition
    14 october 2016 18:36:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Five out of six children worldwide under two years old are not receiving adequate nutrition for growth and brain development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report issued Friday. Full text...

  • US: Under-nutrition taking huge toll on Chad’s economy - Study
    13 october 2016 07:10:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Chad’s economy is losing 575.8 billion CFA francs (US$1.2 billion) per year, or 9.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the effects of childhood under-nutrition and resultant increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity by the workforce, a new United Nations-backed study has found. Full text...

  • UN: FAO tasks governments on malnutrition
    21 september 2016 00:32:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, on Tuesday in New York called on governments to take concrete action on malnutrition. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says under-nutrition in Ghana takes huge human, economic toll
    02 august 2016 21:48:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The economy of Ghana has been losing some US$2.6 billion annually or 6.4 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) due to child under-nutrition, according to a new UN report launched on Tuesday in the country’s capital, Accra. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WFP warns of El Niño-induced famine in Zimbabwe
    25 july 2016 15:37:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The food situation in several regions across Zimbabwe remained grave and could deteriorate to a large-scale famine in some of the worst drought affected provinces of Zimbabwe, leading to low crop production where local capacities have been impacted by the worst El Nino-induced drought in 35 years, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned in a statement issued here Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: WFP, FAO hail new US law on global food security, resilience, nutrition
    25 july 2016 14:01:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Leaders of two United Nations agencies fighting hunger worldwide have applauded new legislation in the US aimed at strengthening global food assistance programmes in the years ahead. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports 'alarming' level of malnutrition in Nigeria's northeast
    12 july 2016 16:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Humanitarian convoys have uncovered emergency levels of severe acute malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Nigeria's Borno State, particularly in 15 satellite camps, where some 275,000 people are living, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia places sixth in exclusive breast feeding rating
    14 june 2016 15:56:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has made great progress in promoting exclusive breast feeding, becoming the sixth highest in the world at over 72 percent, according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report. Full text...

  • Senegal: New report says second green revolution underway in Africa
    31 may 2016 15:50:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Agriculture is currently standing on the edge of a second green revolution and technological innovation will act as a catalyst in boosting productivity and growth in Africa’s agribusiness sector, PwC Africa said in a new report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for food, nutrition security to be set up
    09 may 2016 14:06:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is to establish a Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Chronic malnutrition rates drop in Rwanda but remain ‘stubbornly high’ - Study
    06 april 2016 05:42:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chronic malnutrition rates in Rwanda have fallen significantly in the last three years, but still remain stubbornly high, especially in rural areas, finds a new study conducted over three years by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture with support from the World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • US: UN General Assembly proclaims Decade of Action on Nutrition
    01 april 2016 19:43:20
    New York, Ghana (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly on Friday agreed a resolution proclaiming the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition from 2016 to 2025. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Zimbabwe facing worst malnutrition rates in 15 years – UNICEF
    16 march 2016 06:02:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Zimbabwe is facing its worst malnutrition rates in 15 years, as nearly 33,000 children are in urgent need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • Italy: Food security worsens in Southern Africa
    09 march 2016 12:38:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Thirty-four countries, 27 of them in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to a new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report released here Wednesday.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Fighting childhood malnutrition in Madagascar
    08 march 2016 13:16:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Over 30 Malagasy and international scientists and clinicians are gathered at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Antananarivo, Madagascar, Monday for the launching of the AFRIBIOTA project, an ambitious programme of multidisciplinary research meant to better understand chronic childhood malnutrition, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO, partners warn El Niño could have devastating impact on southern Africa's harvests, food security
    13 february 2016 09:27:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Over the coming year, humanitarian partners should prepare for food insecurity levels as food insecure population numbers in southern Africa can be at their highest levels since the 2002-2003 food crisis, the United Nations agriculture agency warned Friday, citing an 'intense' drought as the main cause. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dangote and Bill & Melinda Gates to fight under-nutrition in Nigeria
    21 january 2016 18:35:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Dangote Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a combined commitment of US$100 million over the next five years (2016-2020) towards ending under-nutrition in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali contributes US$10 million to initiative UNITLIFE for fighting malnutrition
    29 december 2015 17:00:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali will contribute US$ 10 million to UNITLIFE, a new financing mechanism to fund nutrition programmes in sub-Saharan Africa that was launched at the United Nations on 28 September 2015, the Council of Ministers decided here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF embarks on mass screening for malnutrition in Malawi
    16 december 2015 16:03:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Following reports of increasing food shortage and hunger problem in Malawi coming from its communities and villages, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is carrying out a mass screening for malnutrition in children under five across 25 districts in Malawi, which accounts for 90 per cent of the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says 700,000 children can die from malnutrition in Sahel
    17 november 2015 17:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Malnutrition could kill up to 700,000 children each year in Africa's Full text...

  • Italy: Burundi, IFAD join hands to combat local food insecurity, malnutrition
    03 november 2015 15:39:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Burundi and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Tuesday signed a US$44.8 million agreement to finance the second phase of the Value Chain Development Programme (PRODEFI-II) in the eastern Africa country. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, WTO partner on food safety, trade to improve nutrition
    02 november 2015 19:33:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Full text...

  • UN: UN launches mass children nutrition screening in South Sudan
    30 october 2015 14:58:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up their activities in South Sudan after the recently released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) revealed that nearly 237,000 children in the country are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia moves to end chronic food, nutrition insecurity
    26 october 2015 18:21:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's component of the Multinational Progmamme to Build Resilience to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel (P2RS) which is financed by the African Development Fund (ADF) was launched here Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: Madagascar signs financing agreement with IFAD to boost food security
    21 october 2015 15:36:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Madagascar and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement Wednesday aimed at improving incomes and food security of smallholders in the Indian Ocean island. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Unlocking Africa’s potential to create wealth from agriculture (Analysis by Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank )
    21 october 2015 15:10:02
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - There is an unbelievable contrast today in Africa: How can a continent with such an abundance of arable land, water and sunshine annually import food worth US$35 billion? How can it be that the continent is not food secure? This must change. Full text...

  • Mauritania: IOM combats food insecurity in Mauritania
    22 september 2015 13:36:25
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Tuesday announced the launch of a project, funded by the US Government, to combat food insecurity and increase livelihood opportunities for host communities and Malian refugees in the Bassiknou department of Hodh Ech Chargui region of southeast Mauritania. Full text...

  • Sudan: OCHA report says malnutrition claims lives of children in South Sudan
    21 september 2015 18:01:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Monday that dozens of children under five years of age have died of malnutrition in one state of South Sudan early this month. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Global report says malnutrition exists in every country
    15 september 2015 20:45:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Nutrition can be a driver of change or a barrier to progress, and, according to the Global Nutrition Report being released on 22 September in New York City, there are actions leaders of every country should be taking to end malnutrition in all its forms. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania hosts first-ever global summit on food fortification
    09 september 2015 09:15:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global health leaders and policy makers Wednesday convened in Arusha, northern Tanzania, to address hidden hunger, or a lack of access to micronutrients, and forge a vision and strategy for food fortification as a key pillar in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN and beyond. Full text...

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