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  • Italy: Soil pollution comes under scrutiny at FAO plenary assembly
    23 june 2017 09:20:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Rome this week, the UN food agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO distributes emergency seeds to combat hunger in north-east Nigeria
    22 june 2017 11:37:51
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month. Full text...

  • Italy: UN Volunteers, FAO bolster partnership
    17 june 2017 05:02:53
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Deepening ties between the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) should make opportunities to join the fight against hunger and rural poverty more accessible to young people as well as to experts who wish to contribute their time and skills. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'BRICS countries key in helping eradicate hunger, poverty' - FAO
    16 june 2017 13:00:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the 2030 deadline for meeting the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, Ministries of Agriculture in five of the world's most important emerging economies are well positioned to take a leading role in fighting hunger, the UN said on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to organise seminar to better manage droughts
    15 june 2017 08:48:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will on 19 June organise an event at its headquarters in Rome aimed at sparking renewed global effort to better manage droughts. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, European Space Agency collaborate to control Desert Locusts
    14 june 2017 13:58:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Information from satellites is being used in a new way to predict favourable conditions for Desert Locust swarms, as part of an early warning collaboration by scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Desert Locust experts at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Italy: AU, FAO seek to boost joint efforts to end hunger in Africa
    14 june 2017 13:51:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will seek to step up joint efforts to end hunger and sustain peace in the continent say FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO releases new guide to prevent child labour in conflicts, disasters
    12 june 2017 10:47:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new guide by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urges child labour concerns be integrated in agriculture, food security and nutrition programmes during crises and disasters, and was presented on Monday to mark World Day Against Child Labour. Full text...

  • Italy: Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought - FAO
    09 june 2017 11:17:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Full text...

  • Italy: Italian NGO network, FAO join forces on food security, rural dev't
    09 june 2017 07:38:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Young and qualified volunteers from across Italy will soon be able to join FAO's offices around the globe thanks to a partnership signed on Thursday between FAO and the Federazione Organismi Cristiani di Servizio Internazionale Volontario (FOCSIV), a network of Italian Christian NGOs. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB’s agriculture interventions in 2016 benefit 5.6m people - Report
    08 june 2017 16:23:23
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Effort by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to upgrade Africa’s agriculture sector is yielding good results with about 5.6 million people benefiting from the Bank’s interventions in the past year, according to the Bank's media channel on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: Global food import bill on the rise despite stable markets - FAO
    08 june 2017 12:47:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food commodity markets are well-balanced, buoyed by ample supplies of wheat and maize and rebounding production of oilseed products. Full text...

  • Italy: ICT can improve lives of rural poor people in developing countries - IFAD
    08 june 2017 09:21:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Technology and development experts have attended a two-day international conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval) at IFAD headquarters in Rome, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana bans poultry imports from Zimbabwe
    06 june 2017 13:07:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has banned the importation of poultry products from Zimbabwe following an outbreak of Avian Influenza. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AfDB approves US$343,000 to enhance honey production in Rwanda
    03 june 2017 07:55:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), in partnership with the Organisation pour la Promotion de la Contribution Active de la Femme Rwandaise au Developpement (SERUKA) – a national women’s organization focusing on women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda – has launched the Rwanda Honey Value Chain Project, which aims to enhance honey production in the country. Full text...

  • US: FAO to attend Ocean Conference in New York 5-9 June
    02 june 2017 11:36:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FA) will hold the Ocean Conference in New York from 5-9 June 2017, FAO said on Fridayin a statement. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO hits milestone in Somalia famine prevention campaign
    02 june 2017 11:28:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is pushing forward with a massive campaign that has so far treated more than 12 million animals in less than three months, protecting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of families who rely on their livestock's meat and milk for survival. Full text...

  • Norway: FAO boss hails landmark treaty as beginning of end for rogue fishing
    01 june 2017 06:41:55
    Oslo. Norway (PANA) - The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, an international treaty aimed at stopping rogue fishing practices, gives the world "all the instruments necessary to achieve our goal", the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said in Oslo, Norway. Full text...

  • Norway: Meeting of parties to FAO’s treaty tackling illegal fishing opens
    29 may 2017 09:34:07
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - The first meeting of the Parties to UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's bold new international treaty aimed at cracking down on illicit fishing opened on Monday in Oslo, Norway, as delegates began hammering out ways to make the agreement a success the UN food agency said in a statement. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO issues alert over lethal virus affecting popular tilapia fish
    26 may 2017 11:42:47
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish for human consumption, the UN food agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • India: AfDB Annual Meetings end with call to see Africa's agric. potential
    25 may 2017 13:10:57
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - “With 65% of the world’s uncultivated land, Africa will determine the future of food for the world and there is gold in the dirt, if only we will see it," said the African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adesina, on Thursday to the international press as the Bank’s Annual Meetings wound up in Ahmedabad, India. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD president visits Uganda to discuss support for small scale farmers
    25 may 2017 05:44:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Thursday to discuss efforts to support small scale farmers and increase food security in the country. Full text...

  • India: AfDB explores investment strategies to tilt markets in favour of African farmers
    24 may 2017 16:47:20
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has proposed new investment strategies in Africa’s agriculture sector, which, if properly implemented, would effectively alter the market structures around the world in favour of the African farmers of major cash crops like tea, coffee and cocoa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Heads of UN food agencies visit famine-stricken South Sudan
    24 may 2017 14:16:34
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - All parties to the conflict in South Sudan must cease violence and work together to ensure that food and other life-saving support can reach the people and end famine and severe hunger, the heads of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: AfDB, partners support Songwe River Basin Programme with US$829 million
    24 may 2017 05:48:51
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in Lilongwe, Malawi, has now given rise to a deal between Malawi and Tanzania to work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Programme (SRBDP). Full text...

  • India: Stunting growth costs Africa US$25 billion annually – AfDB
    23 may 2017 17:07:24
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said the cost of malnutrition is too huge for Africa to ignore, with stunting costing Africa US$ 25 billion a year. Full text...

  • India: 'AfDB agri-business funding lays strong foundation for transforming African agriculture'
    23 may 2017 16:54:41
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided a roadmap to the growth of agriculture in African countries with a plan to inject nearly US$ 2.4 billion every year for 10 years to build roads, irrigation infrastructure and storage facilities to attract high-value investors. Full text...

  • India: 'Promoting grey matter infrastructure is a game-changer in Africa’s development agenda'
    23 may 2017 16:30:27
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - Developing Africa’s “grey matter infrastructure” through multi-sector investments in nutrition in Africa was a key focus on Monday at the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings in India. 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...

  • India: 3,000 delegates storm Indian city for AfDB's biggest agric-based meeting
    21 may 2017 12:47:13
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Gandhinagar area of Ahmedabad in Gujarat State is reportedly fully ready to "absorb" the more than 3,000 delegates invited to the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, taking place from 22-26, May, 2017. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB partners African, Indian movie industries to stimulate interest in agriculture
    12 may 2017 14:39:27
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Key practitioners in the movie industries in Nigeria and India will meet during the 2017 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Ahmedabad, India, to agree on a line of action towards changing perceptions on agriculture. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO develops new guidelines to help countries achieve climate pledges
    12 may 2017 09:37:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced on Friday that it has developed supplementary guidelines to the UNFCCC NAP Guidelines for "Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag Guidelines"). These are aimed to support developing countries in making sure agriculture is both included in national adaptation plans and made more adaptive and resilient. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, World Bank step up partnership to end hunger, poverty
    11 may 2017 10:32:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank are strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels, FAO said in a statement obtained by PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ocean conference eyes cutting US$35 billion in fisheries subsidies – UN
    11 may 2017 07:08:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Harmful fishing subsidies that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as US$35 billion, fisheries experts from the United Nations trade and development agency have said, highlighting one of the key issues that will be debated at next month's Ocean Conference. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB, African heads of state to discuss youth in agriculture
    06 may 2017 12:38:53
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to bring African heads of state together to discuss the involvement of youth in agriculture, according to the bank's media outlet. Full text...

  • Rome: Addressing migration requires investments in sustainable rural dev't - FAO
    05 may 2017 21:21:02
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Friday welcomed the new report published by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on food security, conflict and international migration. Full text...

  • US: UN forum highlights broad financing for sustainable forest management
    05 may 2017 05:03:07
    New York, US (PANA) – A United Nations meeting on sustainable management of forests has discussed the importance of mobilizing resources from a diverse range of actors to ensure broad ownership as well as to advance the overall sustainable development agenda. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO Food Price Index dips again in April, led by sugar and vegetable oils
    04 may 2017 09:44:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food commodity prices fell in April amid expectations of ongoing robust supplies of many key staples, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Aquaculture projects to kick off in Botswana
    03 may 2017 09:54:48
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced plans to commence aquaculture projects in June to help eradicate poverty. Full text...

  • US: UN marks first World Tuna Day
    03 may 2017 06:17:34
    New York, US (PANA) – As the UN marked the first World Tuna Day The UN Legal Council has called for the protection of precious tuna resources and their surrounding ecosystems. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: UN food agencies urge govts to step up food action in African countries facing famine
    29 april 2017 06:05:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Unless urgent action is taken to feed people in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, more than 20 million people will not find enough food to eat, the heads of the United Nations food agencies warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO warns that 20 million people could starve to death in next six months
    24 april 2017 12:45:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday at the opening of the UN food agency's Council meeting. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency
    21 april 2017 07:08:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – The United Nations agricultural agency has created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government calls for strategies to eradicate beef measles
    18 april 2017 07:29:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s agriculture minister has challenged the nation to proactively initiate strategies to eradicate beef measles, threatening the country’s beef industry. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO works to make international trade in plants, seeds a safer venture
    13 april 2017 08:35:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The international body that oversees plant health has taken a big step forward with the adoption of a new global standard to help ensure that the international trade in plants and seeds, while very profitable, is also safer, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: Consumers International, FAO sign agreement to help end hunger
    12 april 2017 11:08:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Consumers International (CI), a global federation of consumer rights groups, have agreed to intensify their collaboration to help end hunger. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO pushes to keep illegally caught fish off global supply chains
    12 april 2017 11:00:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An FAO-led push to establish internationally agreed standards that can guide the development of catch documentation schemes aimed at keeping illegally caught fish off store-shelves and consumers' plates has taken an important step forward, the UN food agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO chief calls for critical investment in agriculture in Lake Chad Basin
    11 april 2017 17:29:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The crisis afflicting the strife-torn Lake Chad Basin is rooted in decades of neglect, lack of rural development and the impact of climate change, and the only way to ensure a lasting solution is to address these including through investments in sustainable agriculture, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Millions across Africa, Yemen at risk of death from starvation - UN agency
    11 april 2017 14:20:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning of the increasing risk of mass deaths from starvation in many countries in Africa and in Yemen due to worsening drought and conflict, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has called for international support to prevent the repeat of the 2011 tragedy in the Horn of Africa that claimed more than 260,000 lives. Full text...

  • Chad: FAO boss meets Chadian Prime Minister
    07 april 2017 14:51:05
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, José Graziano da Silva this week undertook his first ever official visit to Chad as part of urgent efforts to draw the attention of the international community on the current food security crisis threatening the Lake Chad Basin region. Full text...

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