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  • FAO: Momentum gathers for international pact to combat rogue fishing
    30 july 2015 11:20:34
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An increasing number of countries is ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, fueling interest in how best to implement the instrument, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO roots for contract farming
    28 july 2015 21:29:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Contract farming – an expanding practice in which farmers produce agricultural goods for specific buyers in set quantities at prearranged prices – is getting a new tool to guide growers and buyers in establishing sound contracts and conflict resolution procedures. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Niger secures IFAD financing to support family farmers in three regions
    28 july 2015 17:57:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Niger and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Tuesday signed an agreement to finance the Family Farming Development Programme (FFDP) in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder regions of the West African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Senegal’s tsetse fly eradication project wins award for best sustainable practices
    24 july 2015 18:46:30
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A project in Senegal to eradicate tsetse flies that is jointly supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been selected as one of 18 Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security at the ongoing EXPO Milano 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to transform agriculture for inclusive economic growth
    23 july 2015 15:34:19
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius Thursday signed its national Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact which is Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all. Full text...

  • FAO: Concerns rise over avian flu outbreak in West Africa
    20 july 2015 10:37:45
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem the outbreak of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU, FAO launch new programmes to boost food, nutrition security
    16 july 2015 14:29:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a new partnership agreement to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience in at least 35 countries. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/FAO: FAO Chief harps on ways of achieving zero hunger
    16 july 2015 14:05:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Highlighting the historic opportunity to become the "Zero Hunger generation", FAO Director-General José Graziano Da Silva on Wednesday called for additional investments in social protection and rural development. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa’s largest gene bank in Ethiopia helps bolster biodiversity, food security
    15 july 2015 20:21:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “Investing in the well-being of our planet and halting climate change should not be seen as a ‘cost’, but as a worthwhile investment," UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said on Wednesday during a visit to Africa’s largest gene bank in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD coaxes DRC to invest in agricultural sector
    13 july 2015 13:26:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, is due in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday for discussions with high-level government officials on how investing in the agricultural sector can contribute to food security, improve nutrition besides creating jobs for rural women and youth, the UN agency announced in Rome Monday. Full text...

  • UN: US$160 per year for each person living in extreme poverty will end chronic hunger - new UN report
    10 july 2015 14:00:02
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Eradicating world hunger by 2030 will require the injection of an estimated US$267 billion per year on average for investments in rural and urban areas and in social protection, so that poor people will have access to food and can improve their livelihoods, according to a new UN report. Full text...

  • UN: FAO forecasts positive 2015 world crop prospects, warns on food insecurity
    09 july 2015 17:45:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Favourable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead Full text...

  • Sudan: WFP donates US$700 million to Sudan for food assistance
    09 july 2015 12:46:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) plans to boost development in the Sudan during the coming two fiscal years with US$700, according to a report by the SUNA news agency Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'South Sudan facing hunger, suffering on 4th independence anniversary'
    09 july 2015 12:18:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After separating from Sudan four years ago, South Sudan bubbled with great hope for the future, but this hope was dashed as the world's newest nation has since been battered by violence and political crisis. Full text...

  • UN: UN food standards body deliberate on new food safety, quality standards
    07 july 2015 17:43:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN food standards body, Codex Alimentarius Commission, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: WB gives Burkina Faso 15b CFAF for regional pastoral project
    07 july 2015 11:17:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The World Bank (WB) has given Burkina Faso a grant of 15 billion CFAF (US$25 million) for a pastoral project to strengthen the country’s productivity in the sector, sources at the Ministry of Economy told PANA here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO: Two initiatives in Niger, Senegal win FAO awards
    06 july 2015 12:00:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Two Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects have earned awards in an EXPO 2015 competition aimed at spotlighting best practices in sustainability in international food security work, the UN agency said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • OECD/FAO: Lower agric products prices predicted
    02 july 2015 11:31:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade. Full text...

  • FAO: Regional integration, high road to agric growth in West Africa - Report
    02 july 2015 10:56:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, according to a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • UN: New FAO report projects steady decline in food prices over next decade
    01 july 2015 15:53:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Real prices for global agricultural products will continue their gradual Full text...

  • 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...

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