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  • Italy: Italy, FAO discuss migration, hunger and upcoming Italian G7 presidency
    22 july 2016 09:46:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Mediterranean migration crisis and ways in which Italy's upcoming presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) can help boost efforts to achieve the international community's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), topped the agenda during talks on Thursday between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ninety states sign UN deal to end illegal fishing
    22 july 2016 06:10:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A landmark trade agreement to remove US$35 billion worth of fish subsidies has been signed by 90 countries, among them, 48 African states, Asian and countries in the Pacific region, to end harmful fishing and to implement measures to conserve marine resources. Full text...

  • UN: WFP offers food aid to 6.5 million people in Malawi affected by severe drought
    21 july 2016 14:29:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched what is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in Malawi, where an unprecedented El Nino-related drought has left nearly 40 per cent of the population in need of emergency assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Biofortified beans reducing iron deficiency in Rwandan women
    20 july 2016 08:29:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Daily consumption of meals with beans has reduced cases of anaemia and iron deficiency in young Rwandan women in just four-and-a-half months. Full text...

  • UN: FAO study finds dry lands susceptible to more drought, land degradation
    19 july 2016 19:43:34
    New York, US (PANA) - A new study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will help to fill a significant knowledge gap on the presence and extent of forests and trees in the world's drylands, where the food security and livelihoods of millions of people, already precarious, are increasingly being threatened by climate change. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Better coordination of forestry and agriculture will improve food security'
    18 july 2016 11:51:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - While agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation, there is an urgent need to promote more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry to build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security, the FAO said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: 'Violence in South Sudan raises spectre of hunger catastrophe' - FAO
    16 july 2016 13:21:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Millions of people facing hunger in South Sudan will be driven to the brink of catastrophe if renewed flashes of violence derail the fragile peace process, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned here Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO urges increased vigilance, as poultry virus spreads in West, Central Africa
    13 july 2016 14:55:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries across West and Central Africa are on alert as the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) continues to spread across the region, with Cameroon becoming the latest African country to detect the disease, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO chief hails new fishing treaty
    12 july 2016 11:36:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Port State Measures Agreement "marks the dawn of a new era in the effort to combat illegal fishing" but rapid action is needed to make sure its implementation is effective, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns on fish over-harvesting
    07 july 2016 17:33:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kg a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now over-harvested at biologically unsustainable levels. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says global food prices rose in June
    07 july 2016 13:37:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Global food commodity prices rose 4.2 per cent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday, but noted improved production prospects for the year ahead. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN seeks to ramp up response to El-Nino dire impact
    06 july 2016 13:59:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More than 60 million people worldwide, 40 million of them in East and Southern Africa, are projected to be food insecure due to the impact of the El Niño climate event, the United Nations said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says floods affecting pastoralists in Ethiopia
    05 july 2016 18:10:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Floods across Ethiopia have severely impacted on livestock-dependent families, following more than 18 months of dry spells and poor rainfall induced by an El Niño drought phenomenon, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, China sign agreement on agriculture, training programmes
    04 july 2016 22:04:58
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigeria and China on Monday signed an agreement worth over eight million RMB Yuan for multiple feasibility, agricultural and training projects. Full text...

  • Italy: UN agencies examine El Niño impacts in Africa, Asia/Pacific, gear up for La Niña
    04 july 2016 14:18:34
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The 2015-16 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the strongest and most widespread of the past hundred years, destroying the livelihoods of farming families across the globe and leaving millions of people hungry, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Kenya: Investment in rural Africa helps curbs economic migration - IFAD President
    04 july 2016 13:28:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Investing more in Africa’s rural areas will stem the flow of economic migrants and minimize the acts of desperation that make newspaper headlines, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya:UN agencies see likely end to high agro prizes period
    04 july 2016 13:23:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over, say the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in their latest 10-year Outlook. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: World Bank approves US$100 million to support Ethiopia against drought
    01 july 2016 18:12:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The World Bank Group on Friday approved US$100 million in additional financing to support Ethiopia’s food-for-work programme to enable the East African nation combat the effects of a crippling drought. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies warn on severe food shortages in South Sudan
    29 june 2016 15:03:57
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 4.8 million people in South Sudan, which is well over one-third of the population, will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WFP warns on worsening food, nutrition status in South Sudan
    24 june 2016 16:50:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the UN World Food Progarmme (WFP) cautioned on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope Francis hails FAO role in new Mediterranean migration initiative
    24 june 2016 11:11:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis in a meeting on Thursday with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised the agency's efforts to address migration in the Mediterranean region as well as its work to promote the strong links between peace and food security, climate change and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Italy: Cape Verde joins Port State Measures Agreement to combat unregulated fishing
    24 june 2016 11:01:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Cape Verde joined the Port State Measures Agreement on Thursday, as President Jorge Carlos Fonseca personally delivered his country's ratification papers for the treaty to UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in a visit to Rome. Full text...

  • UN: FAO boosts support in Lake Chad Basin to safeguard agricultural livelihoods
    23 june 2016 17:55:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday said it is providing agricultural and livelihood assistance to affected host communities and displaced people in the Lake Chad Basin as a result of massive population displacements and insecurity that are putting livelihoods and food security at high risk. Full text...

  • Kenya: African states prepared to advance commercial farming
    21 june 2016 16:49:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s agriculture minister Willy Bett said on Tuesday that African states are prepared to take steps to advance commercial agriculture by increasing funding, taking steps to remove taxes that slow down the sector’s growth and providing subsidies to increase food production. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Agriculture Development Partners visiting Dodoma region to meet with authorities, farmers
    17 june 2016 15:51:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Representatives of 13 international development agencies working in agriculture and rural development in Tanzania were scheduled to look at local responses to El Niño impacts during their annual field visit in the country's central Dodoma region from 15 to 17 June 2016, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said Friday in a statement it sent to PANA here. Full text...

  • Botswana: Over 41.4 million require food assistance in SADC
    15 june 2016 15:18:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Vulnerability Assessment Results released by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has indicated that over 41.4 million people are food insecure with 21 million people requiring immediate assistance in Southern Africa. Full text...

  • UN: WFP, Pope Francis stress need to end hunger
    13 june 2016 22:39:26
    New York, US (PANA) - In the first papal visit to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Pope Francis on Monday gave his full support to the goal of eradicating hunger and paid tribute to the organization’s staff, including those who had lost their lives at work. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces Gamma irradiator to tackle fruit flies
    13 june 2016 13:32:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius has acquired a Gamma irradiator and a digester with financial support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a bid to irradiate fruit flies that are causing huge damages to food crops in the island-nation. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to host forum on climate-smart agriculture
    10 june 2016 11:13:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The many ways farmers, fishers, foresters and ranchers around the world are adapting their practices to climate change will go under the spotlight at the annual forum of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), taking place 15-17 June 2016 at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Italy: 'FAO, ILO working together to stamp out child labour in agriculture'
    08 june 2016 11:03:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are reaching out to agricultural professionals to raise awareness about the importance of child labour issues. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says global illegal fishing treaty now in force
    06 june 2016 15:40:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that a Full text...

  • Tanzania: Int'l partners launch global standard to measure food loss, waste
    06 june 2016 07:52:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A partnership of leading international organizations on Monday launched the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, aiming, among other goals, to help reduce food loss and waste within the private sector. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB to host workshop on continental risk-sharing facility to boost agriculture
    03 june 2016 16:42:08
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivore (PANA) - The African Development Bank Group announced Friday that it will host a workshop on “Establishing an African Agriculture Risk Sharing and Financing Mechanism” in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12-13 July 2016. Full text...

  • Kenya: Investment in ICT key to fighting hunger, poverty - FAO
    03 june 2016 12:04:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Promoting sustainable agriculture requires a renewed focus on innovation and investment in research, technology and capacity development, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva said on Friday at a meeting of agriculture ministers of the G20 in China. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies help 200,000 South Sudanese refugees with food, farming tools
    02 june 2016 22:39:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN agencies have joined forces to distribute seeds and agricultural Full text...

  • UN: Global food prices rise in May - FAO
    02 june 2016 17:10:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Global food prices rose 2.1 per cent in May, the fourth Full text...

  • UN: FAO says ongoing conflicts, droughts exacerbate food needs
    02 june 2016 15:11:21
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said drought linked to El Nino and conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March. Full text...

  • UN: WFP says 4.6 million Burundians facing food insecurity
    01 june 2016 16:24:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 4.6 million people in Burundi are food insecure, with more than Full text...

  • Ghana: Canada gives US$15 million towards 'zero hunger in Ghana'
    01 june 2016 11:58:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of 20 million Canadian dollars (US$15 million) from the Government of Canada to implement a programme linking nutrition, agriculture and food processing, which will assist almost 1 million people in Ghana over the next five years. Full text...

  • UN: 2 million people face hunger in Sahelian belt - WFP warns
    31 may 2016 22:05:12
    New York, US (PANA) - About two million people, or half the population, in the Sahelian 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...

  • Italy: IFAD chief says G20 agriculture ministers face big challenge as global hunger increases
    31 may 2016 10:20:28
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - With around 795 million hungry people in the world, and an additional 60 million needing food aid in the wake of droughts and crop failures caused by El Niño, agricultural ministers from the G20 countries meeting in China this week have an enormous challenge ahead of them, according to Kanayo Nwanze, president of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD assists Mauritius to develop seed sector leading to food security
    26 may 2016 17:42:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Mauritius and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Thursday signed a Reimbursable Technical Assistance (RTA) agreement to develop the country’s seed sector, an important first step to increasing food production and food security for local communities. Full text...

  • Kenya: International panel suggests ways to end hunger, stem environmental damage
    25 may 2016 17:00:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) has said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO. WFP provide seeds, tools, food to break hunger cycle in CAR
    25 may 2016 15:36:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have begun providing seeds, hand tools and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families for this year's planting season in the most food-insecure areas of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Turkey: UN agencies launch programme on humanitarian responses to food crises
    23 may 2016 12:59:37
    Istanbul, Turkey (PANA) - A new network to achieve joint global food-security assessments and joint responses to food crises, including those related to phenomena such as El Niño, was launched in Istanbul Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Invest in long-term development' - IFAD message to World Humanitarian Summit
    19 may 2016 17:29:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – With more than 60 million people across the world reeling from the drought caused by El Niño, Josefina Stubbs from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has a strong message for leaders gathering at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week. Full text...

  • Italy: Food guidelines offer opportunities to protect the planet - Study
    19 may 2016 11:23:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The report of a new study published on Thursday has found that what we eat matters not just for our health, but for the planet, too. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD chief underlines rural devt for stabilization of African communities
    18 may 2016 11:44:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo F. Nwanze on Wednesday underlined the importance of investing in smallholder agriculture, saying that rural development plays a fundamental role in stabilizing communities and further reduces the impacts of climate change and migration. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC countries urged to invest more in agriculture
    17 may 2016 19:20:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Stakeholders attending the Southern Africa Development Community's workshop on Food Security and Poverty Eradication in Gaborone said the region needs to mobilise substantive resources - financial and human - in order to effectively address poverty and food insecurity. Full text...

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