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  • 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...

  • Italy: Support for political alliances key to fight malnutrition globally - FAO boss
    11 october 2016 11:02:28
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Building strong alliances among legislators across the world is vital to making headway on hunger eradication, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said on Monday, as he underscored the agency's continued support to fostering global exchanges between lawmakers. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says seed distributions in Ethiopia boost crop yields
    07 october 2016 18:02:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Ethiopia is about to complete one of the largest and most successful seed distribution campaigns in the country's history, aimed at helping farmers to stay on their feet in the face of a blistering drought caused by El Nino, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, French conservation group partner on water bird management in Africa
    07 october 2016 16:19:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday announced a new partnership with the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), aiming at adopting sustainable water bird hunting management to protect wetland resources in Africa’s Sahel region which are crucial for food security and economic development. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, French group sign agreement to protect wetland resources
    06 october 2016 12:00:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) will work together in a new partnership to improve the state of natural resources in the wetlands of Africa's Sahel region, in particular the sustainable management of migratory water birds which are crucial for food security for the local populations. Full text...

  • Kenya: Global wheat, rice harvests poised to set new record - FAO
    06 october 2016 10:30:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global food markets will likely remain "generally well balanced" in the year ahead, as prices for most internationally-traded agricultural commodities are relatively low and stable, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: WFP to scale up emergency operations in southern Madagascar
    05 october 2016 21:07:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin said the agency will scale up its humanitarian operations in response to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition. as a third consecutive year of drought deepens the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people in the south of the island nation. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO boss stresses the role of trade in ensuring global food security
    03 october 2016 11:37:53
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: Agric, Trade ministers discuss food prices impact on sustainable agric dev't
    03 october 2016 11:22:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Agriculture and Trade Ministers from around 20 countries together with other high-level officials and experts have gathered in Rome to share their views and experiences, and to discuss specific policy implications related to the long-term behaviour of agricultural prices, including possible periodic spikes. Full text...

  • Kenya: Sustainanble mechanization key to bolstering sub-Saharan Africa agric
    29 september 2016 10:52:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Feeding the burgeoning world population will require significant improvements in agricultural productivity, above all in Africa, and mechanization and appropriate mechanization strategies have a large role to play, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD begins search for new president
    27 september 2016 11:22:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution, on Tuesday announced a call to its 176 Member States to nominate candidates for the Fund’s next President. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO's Committee on Agriculture meets
    26 september 2016 11:50:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The agricultural sector must transform itself not only to achieve food and nutrition security for all, but also to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, FAO Director- General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO Committee on Agriculture to meet next week
    23 september 2016 10:42:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Making agricultural production more sustainable in the face of climate change while achieving food and nutrition security for all will be a top theme at the biannual meeting of FAO’s Committee on Agriculture taking place on 26-30 September at the Organization’s Rome headquarters. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, IFAD, WFP vow to curb global hunger
    23 september 2016 05:44:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The heads of UN food agencies have stressed their commitment to maintain momentum to reach the ambitious target of curbing global hunger under the Sustainable Development Goals((SDGs) by 2030. Full text...

  • UN: WFP, FAO partner on food insecurity in southern Madagascar
    22 september 2016 19:05:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The Emergency Coordinator of the World Food Programme (WFP), Denise Brown, and the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dominique Burgeon, have began a week-long joint mission to Madagascar to address teh food insecurity in southern part of the country. 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...

  • Italy: Indonesia to issue first licence certifying legal timber entering Europe
    16 september 2016 11:21:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) welcomed an agreement by Indonesia and the European Union (EU) to issue the world's first Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) timber licence as a major achievement in the fight against illegal logging. Full text...

  • US: FAO urges strong, effective implementation of global anti-rogue fishing treaty
    16 september 2016 11:15:33
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The recent entry into force of a ground-breaking international accord on illegal fishing is a welcome development but it now requires "strong and effective implementation", FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD report tasks governments on investments in rural areas
    14 september 2016 14:22:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Economic growth is not enough to save those threatened daily with starvation and governments need to tailor policies and investments to transform rural areas in developing countries if they want to eliminate poverty, a new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stated on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African Green Revolution Forum clinches huge deals for investment in farming
    09 september 2016 18:00:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) wrapped up Friday, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with financial, political and policy commitments to unleash US$ 200 billion in investments in the agriculture sector, according to the final communique of the meeting, a copy of which was made available to PANA in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Senegal: 300,000 farmers in West Africa to get financial boost
    08 september 2016 16:23:10
    Dakar, Senega (PANA) – A new partnership towards increasing incomes for 300,000 farmers in West Africa was announced on Thursday at the African Green Revolution Forum in Kenya. Full text...

  • Italy: Global harvest prospects improve for maize, wheat, rice crops - FAO
    08 september 2016 12:13:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Staple food prices rose in August even as grain prices fell and the outlook for global cereal production improved. Full text...

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