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  • Burkina Faso to harvest five million tonnes of grain in 2018/19 crop year
    15 november 2018 12:02:29
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso is expecting to harvest nearly five million tonnes of cereals by the end of the 2018-2019 crop year, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa agribusiness projected to reach US$1 trillion business by 2030
    10 november 2018 10:58:40
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - As project sponsors, borrowers, lenders and investors gathered at the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in Johannesburg, South Africa, to make deals on investment opportunities, leaders of the continent’s top agribusiness companies shared their thoughts on the future of the industry. Full text...

  • 'Food security represents basic requirement for peaceful societies' - IFAD
    09 november 2018 14:42:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At this week's Paris Peace Forum, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says it will ask global leaders to consider the crucial role that increased investment in rural areas of developing countries can play in addressing the root causes of conflicts. Full text...

  • FAO encourages agriculture careers for students in central African schools
    08 november 2018 15:18:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s representative in Co9ngo, Suze Percy Filippini, on Thursday said in Brazzaville that educational institutions could contribute to support the national efforts to raise interest in agricultural careers by introducing farming skills to young people. Full text...

  • Sahel and West Africa Week 2018 scheduled for December in The Gambia
    03 november 2018 17:40:36
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - The 2018 edition of the Sahel and West Africa Week, dedicated to dialogue and consultation on food issues, will take place from 3-8 December in Banjul, the Gambian capital. Full text...

  • FAO distributes 11,000 fuel-efficient stoves to displaced families in Northeast Nigeria
    31 october 2018 14:28:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it has distributed 11,000 fuel-efficient stoves to families displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Africa needs its young people to modernise its agricultural sectors - FAO Chief
    26 october 2018 12:00:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Migration, both to urban areas and abroad, risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernise their agriculture sectors, which are key to achieving growth and prosperity, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, has said. Full text...

  • IAEA funds Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System for Vulnerable Farmers
    25 october 2018 19:29:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has funded the purchase of 25 gravity-fed drip kits, 250 m2 each, under the Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System Project, aiming to enhance food security and increase income of vulnerable farmers in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Those who produce food are among world’s hungriest – UN rights expert
    25 october 2018 05:14:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Agricultural workers have the hardest time accessing food for themselves, and are often excluded from national labour and social protection frameworks, a United Nations independent human rights expert has said. Full text...

  • IFAD operations improve living conditions in rural Tunisia - Report
    23 october 2018 11:08:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to better living conditions and less poverty in Tunisia's rural areas, the specialised UN agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AfDB showcase key agriculture initiatives at 2018 World Food Prize events
    19 october 2018 14:30:25
    Des Moines, U.S. (PANA) : The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, led a Bank delegation to the World Food Prize 2018 edition, ending on Friday in Iowa, U.S., where it participateed in various events over three days to showcase its Technologies for Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and other key initiatives. Full text...

  • Gambian leader welcomes France's investment in farming
    17 october 2018 18:55:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has lauded the initiative of the French government to invest massively in agricultural commercialization and mechanization, stressing that value addition in agricultural production will greatly contribute to food security in the Gambia. Full text...

  • World Food Day official ceremony highlights Zero Hunger goal still possible
    16 october 2018 11:43:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Speakers at the global World Food Day ceremony in Rome on Tuesday called for stronger political will and more financial support to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, urging the international community to step up its efforts until everyone has enough and quality food. Full text...

  • No time to lose to reverse negative hunger and malnutrition trends - FAO chief says
    16 october 2018 11:39:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - There's still time to deliver on the global pledge to eradicate hunger but "urgent measures" are needed to reverse the recent increase in the number of hungry people, speakers at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has said. Full text...

  • Benefits of rural migration effect often overlooked, new UN report suggests
    16 october 2018 05:13:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Agricultural policies should work to maximise the contributions of rural migration to economic and social development, while minimising the costs, says a major new report released on Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Boosting farm productivity in Africa through the sustainable use of machines (Feature by FAO)
    08 october 2018 03:48:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the African Union have launched a new framework document that aims to increase agricultural efficiency and reduce drudgery by helping countries in Africa to develop strategies for sustainable farm mechanization. Full text...

  • PACA calls for enhanced country-led approaches for sustainable aflatoxin mitigation in Africa
    04 october 2018 13:30:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has called on all AU Member States to tackle the impact of Aflatoxins through a strong continental vision supported by robust political will, as well as the establishment of the necessary technical structures and the promotion of coordinated approaches. Full text...

  • FAO chief and Nobel Peace Laureate stress links between tackling violence and hunger
    03 october 2018 12:49:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus on Tuesday marked the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence by stressing that violence and hunger are often interlinked and that tackling this also requires creating income-generating opportunities for people, particularly for women and youth, in rural areas. Full text...

  • EU, FAO reaffirm commitment to build a more sustainable future for all
    03 october 2018 11:20:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to tackle common global concerns such as rising hunger, bring about prosperity and peace, and build a more sustainable future for all. Full text...

  • AfDB investments transform Madagascar’s key rice regions
    02 october 2018 13:36:01
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Madagascar’s three key rice farming regions have witnessed an unprecedented transformation, with yields per hectare virtually tripling over the past five years, thanks to investments totalling US$148.28 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in the region’s agriculture infrastructure. Full text...

  • FAO's C'ttee on Agriculture focuses on boosting sustainable dev't through innovation
    02 october 2018 12:56:08
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Achieving sustainable development means shifting away from high-input and resource-intensive farming and food systems, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan raises wheat price, announces figures of summer produce crops
    01 october 2018 14:09:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The government on Sunday has raised the minimum price of 50kg bag of wheat by almost 150 percent as incentive to farmers in central Sudan, hoping to help avail wheat in the market and stave off wheat and bread shortage that hit consumers in the last few months. Full text...

  • IFAD, the Lab partner in fighting climate change in Africa
    28 september 2018 17:06:26
    New York, US (PANA) - In the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on Friday, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) partnered to fight climate change in Africa. Full text...

  • Gender gaps in African agriculture holding back progress - FAO
    27 september 2018 11:01:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Gender gaps in agriculture in Africa are holding back progress towards ending hunger and must be urgently addressed, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at a joint event with the African Union (AU) on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Full text...

  • Arab, African agric. ministers call for use of ICT for better agricultural production
    26 september 2018 14:41:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Ministers of Agriculture from African and Arab countries, meeting in Khartoum to discuss increased agricultural production, have said it is imperative to use information technology to better produce crops, preserve environment and eradicate hunger. Full text...

  • AfDB seeks partnerships to lift 1 billion people out of hunger globally
    26 september 2018 13:20:08
    Indianapolis, US (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called on global partners to join hands to lift one billion people worldwide out of hunger, indicating that it is leading the way by investing US$24 billion in African agriculture over the next 10 years in the largest such effort ever. Full text...

  • EU and FAO scale up efforts to boost resilience to food crises
    26 september 2018 08:00:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The European Commission and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have strengthened their partnership to boost the resilience of millions of people struggling with severe and often prolonged or recurrent food crises around the world. Full text...

  • AfDB, Nigerian Economic Society to hold Int'l confab on Agricultural Value Chain
    24 september 2018 15:46:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Institute (ECAD) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) will convene an international conference, under the theme “Optimizing Value Chain(s) in the Agricultural Sector”, from 25 – 27 September, 2018. Full text...

  • Peace is key to rid the world of hunger, says FAO chief
    22 september 2018 12:31:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Ridding the world of wars is an essential step in eradicating hunger, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said on Friday. Full text...

  • AfDB, Purdue University to hold conference on successful technologies for African farmers
    20 september 2018 16:24:21
    Indiana, US (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Purdue University are organizing the Scale Up Conference on Agricultural Innovations from 25-27 September, 2018, to address how to shift agricultural innovations from research institutions into the developing world, particularly Africa. Full text...

  • Climate change to 'significantly' alter food production - FAO
    17 september 2018 10:00:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - With climate change poised to alter significantly the ability of many world regions to produce food, it is expected that international trade in agricultural products will have an increasingly important contribution to feeding the planet and responding to climate-related hunger flare-ups, says a new report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • African Agric Ministers, Private, Public Sector leaders push for more investment, less talk
    16 september 2018 13:41:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Several African agriculture ministers recently joined public and private sector representatives, calling for more investment in agriculture at a "Leadership4Agriculture" event held at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • AfDB says staple crops processing zones will transform African agriculture
    16 september 2018 11:58:58
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Saying that “African zones will allow African countries to substantially reduce food imports, and become net exporters of processed foods and commodities", the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said Africa pays more than a crippling US$35 billion annually to import food, a figure that could rise to US$110 billion by 2025, if current trade trends continue. Full text...

  • Countries set to take on deadly livestock-killing disease
    08 september 2018 05:14:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Gathered at a major United Nations agricultural conference, over 45 countries on Friday pledged to eradicate by 2030 a highly contagious and devastating disease responsible for the death of millions of small farm animals, at cost of more than $2 billion each year. Full text...

  • Greek experts train Nigerians in fishing
    07 september 2018 07:08:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Eight Greek experts in the maritime industry have started a training programme for 2,500 Nigerian beneficiaries. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index holds steady in August
    06 september 2018 09:35:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index remained stable in August, as cereal prices rebounded while vegetable oils and sugar declined, the UN food agency reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Eradication of ruminants plague top priority to preserve incomes, assets of families - FAO
    03 september 2018 10:41:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said eradicating the Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) or sheep and goat plague, is a top priority if the world is to ensure that the income and assets of families are preserved and they can lead active and healthy lives. Full text...

  • Renewed Push to Boost Agriculture Investments in Angola
    29 august 2018 16:00:04
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan Government on Tuesday launched a critical phase in its agriculture agenda by undertaking the process of domesticating the AU Malabo Declaration commitments into its National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP). Full text...

  • Agricultural businesses can stem the tide of migration in Africa - FAO
    25 august 2018 06:33:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Creating decent employment opportunities for youth in Africa's agriculture sector can significantly reduce youth migration from the continent, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said in his closing remarks at this week's international youth conference held in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Small-scale horticulture project transforming lives in Kenya (An AfDB Feature)
    24 august 2018 13:47:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A decade after going through a food crisis and in the aftermath of the drought in 2016-2017, Kenya is aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in food products such as maize, tomato, cabbage, rice, beans, milk and meat. Full text...

  • AfDB Chief, Akinwumi Adesina, to speak on Africa's agric. potentials
    20 august 2018 13:58:46
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - For two days, 28 to 30 August, 2018, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver a Public Lecture on strategies for unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential at the Headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • UN food agency chiefs pledge to redouble joint efforts in Sahel
    18 august 2018 06:14:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have pledged to increase support for regional efforts addressing the critical food and nutrition security situation in the Sahel. Full text...

  • AfDB's work in agric. reduces poverty in eastern Côte d’Ivoire (An AfDB Feature)
    17 august 2018 13:42:00
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is ramping up the pace of its work in the agriculture sector in Cote d'Ivoire, designed to end end poverty in the eastern province of the West African nation. Full text...

  • To beat hunger and combat climate change, world must ‘scale-up’ soil health – UN
    14 august 2018 06:25:00
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PANA) - Healthy soils are essential to achieve ‘Zero Hunger’ – and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – peace and prosperity, the United Nations agriculture agency chief has underscored in Brazil at the World Congress of Soil Science. Full text...

  • FAO helps farmer field schools in South Sudan (A feature by FAO)
    13 august 2018 09:12:44
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Akuilina Ihurre used to think she was too old to join a farmers’ group but she knew she needed support to overcome years of hunger. Today, she is producing food with seeds, agricultural tools and techniques acquired through an FAO Farmer Field School in Torit, in South Sudan. Full text...

  • FAO works out new framework to bolster food security to help sustain peace (A feature by FAO)
    12 august 2018 07:09:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Civil wars and conflicts have increased markedly in the past decade, leading to the recent reverse of a steady trend towards reducing hunger. Full text...

  • Severe food insecurity stalks two Madagascar regions
    09 august 2018 09:30:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - About 1.26 million people are expected to be severely food insecure in the Grand Sud and Grand Sud-Est regions of Madagascar between July and September 2018, according to the results of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) food insecurity analysis conducted in June 2018. Full text...

  • AfDB Chief speaks at 2018 Agricultural, Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting in US
    03 august 2018 14:43:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), taking place from 5-7 August, 2018, in Washington D.C., US. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index posts sharp drop in July
    02 august 2018 09:22:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global agricultural food commodity prices fell sharply in July, as all the major traded items posted notable declines, led by dairy and sugar, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tunisia launches pilot project to use drones for data collection in agriculture
    27 july 2018 16:20:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed an agreement for the launch of a pilot project to use drones for data collection to enhance management of agricultural projects in the country. Full text...

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