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  • 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...

  • IFAD ready to partner G20 in attaining sustainable food production
    26 july 2018 15:55:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has offered the institution's full support for efforts to increase the sustainable production of nutritious foods. Full text...

  • Facility for Agricultural Finance in Africa receives FAPA donors’ approval seal (An AfDB Feature)
    25 july 2018 16:48:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - By 2030, it is estimated that Africa’s urban food markets will be valued at US$1 trillion. Full text...

  • AfDB, partners move to control Fall Armyworm threat in southern Africa
    25 july 2018 15:53:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and partners are to convene for talks on controlling Fall Armyworm threat in southern Africa Full text...

  • FAO, partners equip farmers to withstand impacts of climate change
    22 july 2018 05:26:23
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Millions of small-scale farmers will be better equipped to withstand the negative impacts of climate change while at the same time improving livelihoods, thanks to a new global push announced by the United Nations agriculture agency. Full text...

  • Countries step up to tackle antimicrobial resistance (Feature by FAO)
    22 july 2018 05:21:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Countries are making significant steps in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), but serious gaps remain and require urgent action, according to a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Tunisia to launch Drone use in agriculture
    21 july 2018 05:49:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia is to launch a Pilot Project on the Use of Drones in Agricultural Development Projects. Full text...

  • FAO reiterates support to Portuguese-speaking countries to eradicate hunger, malnutrition
    17 july 2018 08:59:31
    Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Monday reiterated his support to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) in the implementation of their Regional Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition to eradicate hunger and ensure adequate food in the Lusophone countries. Full text...

  • Protecting, sustainably managing forests crucial for achieving SDGs - FAO says
    17 july 2018 07:14:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Senior government officials from around the world on Monday gathered at FAO to focus on ways to step up global efforts in the forestry sector aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Full text...

  • Poorest countries face growing burden from cost of importing food - FAO
    10 july 2018 09:50:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food imports are placing an increasing burden on the world's poorest countries, a new FAO report has said. Full text...

  • Global fish production to continue to expand - FAO report
    09 july 2018 07:37:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global fish production will continue to expand over the next decade even though the amount of fish being captured in the wild has levelled off and aquaculture's previously explosive growth is now slowing, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released on Monday. Full text...

  • Time running out for world's forests - FAO report
    06 july 2018 10:42:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Time is running out for the world's forests, whose total area is shrinking by the day, warns a new FAO report urging governments to foster an all-inclusive approach to benefit both trees and those who rely on them. Full text...

  • FAO chief highlights peace as a powerful force for ending hunger
    06 july 2018 05:52:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva has highlighted the vital role agriculture plays in preventing conflict and promoting sustainable peace, during a keynote speech delivered on Thursday at a forum on agriculture, defence, diplomacy and development (L'Agriculture en 3D: Défense, Diplomatie, Développement) in Paris. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index declines in June for the first time in 2018
    06 july 2018 05:45:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - International agricultural food commodity prices fell in June for the first time in 2018, as trade tensions affected markets even with global production prospects down, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • IFC, partners to boost macadamia nuts production in Malawi
    05 july 2018 12:27:59
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme have announced a $4 million loan to support the expansion of Global Tea Full text...

  • Poorer countries set to be 'increasingly dependent' on food imports, says FAO report
    04 july 2018 06:37:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poorer countries with rising populations and scarce natural resources are likely to be “increasingly dependent” on imports to feed their people, according to an annual report jointly compiled by the United Nations food agency, launched on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Food safety critical to development and ending poverty: FAO deputy chief
    03 july 2018 06:54:29
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Ensuring that people everywhere can trust the safety and quality of the food they eat is the focus of a UN meeting taking place this week in Rome. Full text...

  • Ghana bans tilapia, ornamental fish import over virus scare
    28 june 2018 09:36:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The government of Ghana has slapped a six-month ban on the import of all ornamental fishes and tilapia species (live and dead) with effect from 1 July. Full text...

  • New UN-supported farming app is cream of crop in tackling Fall Armyworm
    25 june 2018 19:54:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have a new digital weapon in their agricultural armoury to take on the Fall Armyworm – a crop pest that’s threatening the food security of 300 million people – the United Nations said on Monday. Full text...

  • How partnerships are the way forward in tackling global challenges (Feature by FAO)
    24 june 2018 04:34:47
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - We can’t really talk about the planet’s most pressing environmental problems without talking about food systems. And by food systems, we also mean the agriculture that it takes to support them: farming, fisheries, forestry and the value chains that provide food and fiber for our daily lives. Full text...

  • FAO helps Kenyan farmers rescue harvest from Fall Armyworm (Feature by FAO)
    23 june 2018 06:26:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - ‘With a good harvest, we have enough maize for ourselves, and then some to sell. But right now we have to buy the maize to feed the family,' says Agnes Waithira Muli, a smallholder farmer in Embu county in central Kenya. She and her husband lost most of their last crop due to Fall Armyworm (FAW), a potentially devastating insect pest that has spread across much of Africa. Full text...

  • Rockefeller Foundation, FAO supporting Africa to halve food loss
    21 june 2018 12:01:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food that ‘disappears' from the food chain after harvest owing to spoilage could feed an estimated 48 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and a project by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the African Union and The Rockefeller Foundation aims to help countries drastically reduce these post-harvest losses by 2030 through strengthening policies and strategies. Full text...

  • FAO, UNHCR launch new tool to save forests in displacement-affected areas
    20 june 2018 11:52:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday launched a new handbook to help restore forests in displacement-affected areas, where heavy reliance on woodfuel puts forests and woodlands in jeopardy. Full text...

  • Niger President Issoufou says 'development is the only way to stop migration'
    20 june 2018 08:48:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Development is the only way to stop migration, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger said on Tuesday at a meeting with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • Pollutants from agriculture a serious threat to world's water - FAO
    20 june 2018 08:37:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policymakers and farmers alike, cautions a new report. Full text...

  • Rwanda warns of Rift Valley Fever outbreak amid heavy rainfall
    19 june 2018 15:55:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities on Tuesday issued an alert following the outbreak of the deadly Rift Valley Fever in several parts of Eastern Rwanda, warning the population against feeding on dead cattle and row milk. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US$ 15m equity investment to boost agri-business in Africa
    14 june 2018 13:43:34
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB) Board has approved a US$15 million equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agri-business SMEs and enhance food security in Africa Full text...

  • Belgium gives FAO 2 million euros to help farmers in Africa, Gaza
    14 june 2018 06:54:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it is further developing a monitoring, early-warning and risk-mapping system to help farmers manage an invasive species (Fall Armyworm) in Africa, and roll out solar energy projects for farmers in Gaza, as part of innovative projects awarded funding by the Government of Belgium. Full text...

  • FAO, partner launch programme to boost soil productivity in Africa
    13 june 2018 19:21:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership on Wednesday launched a new programme to boost soil productivity and reduce soil degradation for greater food and nutrition security in Africa. Full text...

  • IFAD grant to help boost rural enterprise in Mozambique
    13 june 2018 11:44:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mozambique have signed financial agreement that is expected to help more than 287,700 rural people engaged in agriculture, fisheries and small and medium-sized enterprises. Full text...

  • FAO says child labour in agriculture is on the rise, driven by conflict and disasters
    12 june 2018 09:39:23
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - After years of steady decline, child labour in agriculture has started to rise again in recent years driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing affects all of us (Feature by FAO)
    10 june 2018 07:06:58
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - With the health of our oceans at stake, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has quickly become a monumental problem. Full text...

  • AfDB approves new Country Strategy Paper 2018-2022 for São Tomé and Príncipe
    08 june 2018 13:14:55
    São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a new Country Strategy Paper 2018-2022 for São Tomé and Príncipe, defining the bank's new collaboration with the island nation. Full text...

  • FAO lists actions to transforming food and agriculture
    08 june 2018 05:55:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling the world's greatest challenges. Full text...

  • Cereal stocks remain ample, worldwide cereal output forecasts raised - FAO
    07 june 2018 10:19:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global agricultural food commodity prices rose in May, with dairy prices jumping significantly. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.2 points during the month, up 1.2 percent from April, the UN food agency reported. Full text...

  • Conflicts, weather expand list of countries needing food aid - FAO
    07 june 2018 10:11:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food supply conditions remain broadly ample, but conflicts continue to acutely aggravate and prolong severe food insecurity, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN food agencies commit to deeper collaboration to achieve zero hunger
    06 june 2018 11:43:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The three United Nations agencies tasked with ending hunger and boosting rural development have committed to strengthening their collaboration to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on achieving Goal 2 Zero Hunger. Full text...

  • 'Knowledge-sharing, partnerships key to eradicating poverty, hunger by 2030'
    06 june 2018 05:01:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A high-level delegation of the Government of China, representatives from Italy, several African countries and United Nations officials, participated on Tuesday in a workshop aimed at boosting the sharing of knowledge and building partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 Full text...

  • FAO Chief says peace is fundamental in bringing down number of hungry people
    05 june 2018 04:45:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in an opening address on Monday to the organization's executive, the Council, has stressed the role of wars and conflict as drivers of global hunger, while lamenting an increase in military spending. Full text...

  • Local food varieties can support nutrition and food security (Feature by FAO)
    03 june 2018 04:10:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The population of Pohnpei, one of the islands in Micronesia, a country situated in the western Pacific Ocean, for example, has access to a wide diversity of local foods (55 types of bananas, 133 of breadfruit, 171 of yam cultivars, and nearly 1,200 species of edible fish). Full text...

  • FAO touts cooperatives in growth of Africa's agriculture
    01 june 2018 11:30:46
    Utrecht, The Netherlands (PANA) - Africa boasts huge potential for social and economic development, with agribusiness poised to play a major role. However, without policies and partnerships that enable smallholder farmers - including subsistence farmers and pastoralists - to participate in and benefit from the growth, that opportunity will turn into risk, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Friday. Full text...

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