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  • Cameroon: Cameroon seeks 1,500 billion CFAF to modernize agriculture
    30 june 2015 21:11:45
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé, will on 16-17 September host an international conference dubbed "Business Meeting" to seek about 1,500 billion CFAF to modernize the country's agriculture, sources at the ministry of Agriculture told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Southern Africa regional crop production down 22 percent
    29 june 2015 14:53:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Regional crop production in Southern Africa is down by 22 percent in the last one year and by 12 percent on average in the past five years average, mainly as a result of erratic rainfall across southern Africa, combined with floods in Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique. Full text...

  • UN: Sustainable soil management key to curbing climate change, ensuring food security - FAO
    24 june 2015 08:02:34
    New York, US (PANA) - A newly-released UN-backed publication said mountain soils are of great importance to ecosystem and food security, highlighting technical insights and human activities of a sustainable soil management approach with special attention to mountain peoples. Full text...

  • Netherlands: Rabobank Foundation, FAO to expand partnership
    23 june 2015 16:13:01
    Utrecht, Netherlands (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rabobank Foundation, FAO expand partnership
    22 june 2015 17:21:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation on Monday announced a plan to scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa. Full text...

  • FAO: DG welcomes Papal Encyclical on climate change
    19 june 2015 09:42:49
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has welcomed the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change and Environment, released Thursday by Pope Francis. Full text...

  • FAO: 'Global warming will affect food production'
    18 june 2015 12:44:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global warming will have profound consequences on where and how food is produced, and also lead to a reduction in the nutritional properties of some crops, all of which have policy implications for the fight against hunger and poverty and for the global food trade, experts say in a new book. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso launches two projects to ensure food self-sufficiency
    18 june 2015 11:05:05
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso has launched two major projects with the objective of boosting agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in the West African nation, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD financing to boost wool, mohair production in Lesotho
    17 june 2015 16:47:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –Lesotho and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday signed an agreement for a US$5.8 million loan, a $5.8 million IFAD Debt Sustainability Framework grant and an additional $7 million grant from IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) to finance the Wool and Mohair Promotion Project (WAMPP). Full text...

  • FAO: FAO launches digital platform on family farming
    17 june 2015 13:03:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Recognizing the contributions of family farmers to food security and poverty eradication worldwide, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a new digital platform that aims to become a "one-stop shop" for information, data and legislation on the sector that produces some 80 percent of the world's food. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: FAO launches digital platform on family farming
    16 june 2015 19:55:41
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday launched a new digital platform containing information, data and legislation on family farming, according to a statement sent to PANA in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Government provides 15,000 tons of improved seeds to farmers
    16 june 2015 19:46:24
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe government has made available 15,000 tons of improved seeds to 400,000 farmers for the 2015-2016 crop year, PANA learned on Tuesday from the Ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Grain-eating birds eat up rice farms in South Mauritania
    16 june 2015 14:39:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Despite government intervention, grain-eating birds have wreaked havoc in the Kaedi region, 430 kilometres south of Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, threatening rice farms, particularly in the Lexeiba I and Ganki communities, PANA learned Tuesday from farmers. Full text...

  • UN: New FAO guidebook seeks to prevent child labour practices in agriculture
    15 june 2015 14:48:26
    New York, US (PANA) - A new handbook issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has established guidelines intended to prevent the use of child labour across the world's agricultural communities in an effort to tackle a problem that affects some 100 million children globally. Full text...

  • Italy: Queen Letizia of Spain named FAO's Special Ambassador on Nutrition
    12 june 2015 20:27:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Queen Letizia of Spain was on Friday named FAO's Special Ambassador for Nutrition at a ceremony at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Headquarters in Rome. Full text...

  • UN: Pope Francis, FAO discuss sustainable food for all
    12 june 2015 07:29:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing over a hundred delegates attending the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conference in Rome, Italy, Pope Francis has urged member states to work toward combating food waste, reducing the volatility of food prices and creating a sense of global solidarity to ensure food security for all people. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD provides loan-cum-grant to boost nutrition security in Guinea-Bissau
    10 june 2015 14:49:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Guinea-Bissau and the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) Wednesday signed in Rome, Italy, a US$4.7 million loan and $4.7 million grant agreement to finance the West African country’s Economic Development Project for the Southern Regions (PADES). Full text...

  • Kenya: AU Commission, others to receive FAO Awards
    10 june 2015 09:29:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC), Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, National Geographic Magazine and the non-profit World Rural Forum will receive awards for their efforts to reduce hunger and raise awareness of the challenges facing the world's food systems, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed investments in Uganda small farmers yield impressive outcomes
    10 june 2015 07:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said smallholder farmers in Full text...

  • Italy: Tackling poverty is the only way to conquer hunger, says Argentine president
    08 june 2015 14:49:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poverty lies at the root of hunger, and active state policies directed at eradicating inequality are the most effective way to eradicate malnutrition, Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said here Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Hunger eradication, nutrition, climate change are FAO's top priorities'
    08 june 2015 12:51:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, in his first policy statement since his overwhelming re-election, Monday pledged that eradicating hunger, raising levels of nutrition and addressing climate change will be among the Organization's top priorities over the next four years. Full text...

  • FAO: China signs US$50m South-South Cooperation pact with FAO
    08 june 2015 12:13:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - China and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a US$50 million agreement to support developing countries in building sustainable food systems and inclusive agricultural value chains. Full text...

  • FAO: 72 countries achieve MDG target to halve proportion of hungry people
    08 june 2015 11:25:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An international awards ceremony was held here Monday to show recognition for the great effort made by countries around the world which has led to the near achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve the proportion of hungry people by a 2015 deadline, or bringing it below the 5 percent threshold. Full text...

  • UN: Brazilian Jose Graziano da Silva re-elected FAO chief
    06 june 2015 19:44:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Incumbent Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil, was on Saturday re-elected to a second term for the agency's top post with the highest number of votes ever in the history of the FAO. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO calls for ramping up of global anti-hunger fight
    05 june 2015 21:18:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva has called on the global community to join the movement to end hunger and malnutrition once and for all. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Five million tons of grain expected for 2015-2016 agric campaign
    05 june 2015 14:19:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe government expects five million tons of grain at the end of the 2015-2016 agricultural campaign which was launched Thursday in Yako, 109 km northwest of the capital, Ouagadougou, or an increase of 12.5 percent compared to last season, PANA learnt from the Ministry of Agriculture here. Full text...

  • FAO: Brazilian Graziano da Silva set for re-election as FAO boss
    05 june 2015 12:43:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The stage is set for the re-election of Brazilian José Graziano da Silva as the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as he is the only candidate for this week's election, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief calls for global movement to end hunger once and for all
    04 june 2015 19:36:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva on Thursday called for a global movement to eradicate hunger as countries look ahead to the new set of development goals that will be adopted in September in New York. Full text...

  • FAO: Food Price Index falls to lowest level in six years
    04 june 2015 09:52:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Major food commodity prices declined again in May, hitting an almost six-year low as cereal prices fell substantially amid a favourable outlook for this year's harvests,the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: Stakeholders work to boost food security in cities
    28 may 2015 15:28:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Recognizing the growing challenge of feeding the world's cities and the importance of efficient urban markets, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) are partnering to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in the wholesale sector, including developing "best practices" for reducing food waste. Full text...

  • FAO/WFP/IFAD: World hunger falls to under 800m, eradication is next goal
    27 may 2015 11:07:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million, 216 million fewer than in 1990-92, or around one person out of every nine, according to the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report (The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 - SOFI). Full text...

  • Ghana: IFAD, Ghana sign deal to boost production by small farmers
    18 may 2015 17:11:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Monday signed in Rome a US$36.6 million loan and $10 million grant agreement to finance the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP). Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO ramps up airlifts to reach conflict-hit farmers in South Sudan
    14 may 2015 18:10:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As the main planting season in South Sudan begins, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday it was accelerating efforts to get vital seeds, tools and other materials to some of the country's most vulnerable farmers. Full text...

  • UN: FAO airlifts seedlings, farming tools to conflict-hit farmers in South Sudan
    14 may 2015 15:48:25
    New York, US (PANA) - As the main planting season begins in South Sudan, the UN's Food and Full text...

  • Tanzania: Land rights in focus at Global Land Reform Forum in Dakar
    12 may 2015 11:28:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Around 700 officials, community leaders, practitioners, development partners, activists, research centres and journalists from 80 countries are meeting at the Global Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal, from 12-16 May 2015 to examine the status of land rights, share success stories, identify threats and push towards more effective action. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Zambia, IFAD combat animal diseases to boost smallholder livestock sector
    11 may 2015 16:06:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zambia and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Monday signed a US$14.23 million loan and US$0.87 million grant agreement to finance the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP) designed to address critical gaps in the southern African nation’s livestock sector services and technologies. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Sugar farmers celebrate World Fair Trade Day
    11 may 2015 11:24:35
    Médine, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian sugar farmers, members of the Médine Cooperative Credit Society, on Sunday celebrated the World Fair Trade Day at Médine in the eastern part of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD Vice President visits Senegal
    08 may 2015 13:49:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Continued partnership will be at the centre of official discussions between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Senegal when the Fund’s Vice President, Michel Mordasini, visits the west African country from 12-16 May 2015, the UN specialized agency announced Friday in Rome. Full text...

  • FAO: 'World food import bill to fall to five-year low'
    07 may 2015 12:08:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - International prices for agricultural commodities continued to decline in April and abundant inventories are poised to offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt to boost seed production in Mauritius
    07 may 2015 10:22:22
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Agro-industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun Thursday blamed the absence of a 'variety release system' of agricultural seeds for the indiscriminate importation and trade of seeds by private enterprises and growers. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD sets up financing framework for more investment in rural communities
    06 may 2015 14:19:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has approved the Sovereign Borrowing Framework, a unique and innovative financial policy tool created to meet the increased need for investing in the Fund’s agricultural development projects, it was officially announced in Rome Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed Expo in Milan spotlights need for healthy, sufficient food for all
    02 may 2015 19:07:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the world produces more than enough food to feed every member of the human family, yet one in nine people still go hungry. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda to export potato to Zambia, South Sudan
    30 april 2015 20:25:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda plans to soon export potatoes to Zambia and South Sudan, the Rwandan Minister of Trade and Industry, François Kanimba, said in a statement released on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Somalia registers record export of livestock in 2014
    29 april 2015 19:06:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Somalia in 2014 exported a record five million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention backed by the European Union and the United Kingdom, the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Fall in Southern African maize production may raise food security concerns'
    28 april 2015 15:18:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Southern Africa's maize harvest is expected to shrink this year by some 26 percent compared with 2014's bumper crop, a situation that could trigger food price increases and adversely affect recent food security gains, the UN FAO warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO, EU launch platform to raise pastoralists' voice
    27 april 2015 17:00:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Millions of pastoralists will benefit from a new online knowledge hub intended to help them raise their voices in international policy debates and share valuable information to strengthen their livelihoods, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement released Monday in Rome. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopian marmalade hits Italian store in Rome
    22 april 2015 06:57:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Ethiopian cactus pear marmalade jam has finally hit an Italian gourmet Full text...

  • Italy: Global Soil Week opens in Berlin
    20 april 2015 12:22:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Healthy soils are the foundation of global food production and ought to become a key agenda item in public policy, said Moujahed Achouri, Director of FAO's Land and Water Division, on Monday while addressing the third Global Soil Week in Berlin, germany. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian bio-farm targets African nations
    15 april 2015 10:52:38
    Piton du Milieu, Mauritius (PANA) - An Indian bio-farm based in Mauritius, which is engaged in artificial insemination for genetic development of cattle breed that leads to higher milk and meat yield, plans to extend its services to other African countries. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies, urges govt. action
    14 april 2015 15:33:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Although the world's water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, continuing over-consumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet's neediest regions, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. Full text...

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