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  • E. Guinea: AU Executive Council meeting kicks off amid clamour for reform of agriculture
    23 june 2014 19:16:00
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), grouping foreign ministers and ministers of agriculture, opened its 25th session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday with discussions on how to reverse the decline of agriculture in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Put people at centre of forest policies, says FAO
    23 june 2014 13:05:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi: 'The best response to food insecurity is family planning'
    21 june 2014 18:44:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – In Burundi, the third nationwide talks on agriculture and livestock farming, held from 16-20 June, has recommended strict birth control to have fewer mouths to feed in a country suffering from both increasing demography and lack of lands. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to unveil State of the World’s Forests on Monday
    20 june 2014 10:10:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will present the key findings of its biannual flagship publication, the State of the World’s Forests (SOFO), on Monday, the UN agency indicated in a press statement here Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Central bank foresees bumper crop harvests
    20 june 2014 10:00:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania anticipates good crop harvests owing to above average rainfall this year, the the Bank of Tanzania reported, noting that average wholesale prices for all major food crops, except for rice, decreased in April 2014. Full text...

  • Burundi: National confab on agric, livestock begins
    17 june 2014 14:48:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Determined to find ways of overcoming food insecurity across the country, authorities in Burundi are organizing a four-day national conference on agriculture and livestock. Full text...

  • Kenya: Morocco, others inch closer to eradicating hunger
    17 june 2014 11:59:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Chile, China and Morocco Tuesday won recognition from the Food and Agriculture Oorganization (FAO) for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, FAO said in a news dispatch from its headquarters in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • Mauritius:First endemic garden opens in Mauritius
    14 june 2014 09:02:07
    Curepipe, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Saturday opened its first endemic flora and fauna garden called “La Vallée d’Osterlog”, located at Le Val in the south of the island, a sanctuary of rich biodiversity with several species of fauna and flora spanning an area of 275 hectares of land, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to honour Chile, China, Morocco for significant progress in fight against hunger
    13 june 2014 18:03:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Morocco, Chile and China will receive awards from the FAO for making significant progress in the global fight against hunger, according to an FAO press statement here Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroonian tea gets green light for CEMAC market
    12 june 2014 19:57:14
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian Trade Minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, says the country's tea has received approval from the Economic Community of Central Africa States (CEMAC) for free access to the markets of all member countries. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Contaminated rice from Pakistan may flood Cameroonian markets
    12 june 2014 15:50:30
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Contaminated rice, reportedly imported from Pakistan, could flood Cameroon, which shares 1,600 km-long border with Nigeria, according to the national coordinator of the Cameroonian human rights organization (OCDH), Prince Nasser Kemajou. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, WHO urge strong political commitment to tackle malnutrition
    12 june 2014 15:40:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to suffer from hunger and malnutrition, governments should make stronger commitments at the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to ensure healthier diets for all, the heads of FAO and WHO said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Countries recognise small-scale fishers' key role
    11 june 2014 12:14:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Countries Tuesday endorsed a set of wide-reaching guidelines that will boost the already vital role of small-scale fishers in contributing to global food security, nutrition and poverty eradication, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Int'l confab on Africa’s agric development programme begins
    09 june 2014 17:57:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – An international conference, which is discussing the “Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) over the next five years, opened here Monday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO urges action to curb overfishing, pollution
    09 june 2014 15:48:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, Monday opened a meeting of the world's only inter-governmental forum on fisheries and aquaculture issues, calling for urgent action to address climate change and other threats to sustainable fisheries and fish stocks, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a news dispatch Full text...

  • US: FAO highlights 'climate-smart' approach to enhance rural renewal
    07 june 2014 15:26:06
    New York, US (PANA) - As the global farming community continues to curb climate change and food insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has highlighted the best practices of its "climate-smart" approach to tackle those challenges and spark rural renewal. Full text...

  • Senegal: West, Central Africa urged to use land policy to attain sustainable development
    06 june 2014 17:44:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Participants in the regional workshop on the land management in Central and West African on Friday called for the establishment of land policies which are capable of supporting sustainable development in both regions. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: FAO publication highlights success stories in "climate-smart agriculture"
    06 june 2014 15:03:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Shifting world agriculture to a "climate-smart" approach will not only help prevent future food security crises but holds the promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent, according to a new publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Global food prices continue to fall
    05 june 2014 12:44:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index was down for the second consecutive month in May, continuing its retreat from the 10-month high it experienced in March. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO scaling up operations in South Sudan
    05 june 2014 12:11:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is scaling up its emergency response operations in South Sudan despite problems of access and insecurity in parts of the country, the UN agency said in a news dispatch from Juba Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali: Sub-regional workshop on rice growing ends in Bamako
    04 june 2014 15:59:29
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A two-day workshop on rice growing in the Sahel region, jointly organized by the NGO -- Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, the International Union for nature preservation (UICN) and the regional association for irrigation and drainage (ARID), Full text...

  • Senegal: Regional meeting on land management opens in Senegal
    03 june 2014 16:10:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A regional seminar on the support tools for the management of land in the rural areas of West and Central Africa began here Tuesday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO calls for action to safeguard genetic diversity of world's forests
    03 june 2014 11:55:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged countries to improve data gathering and research to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forest genetic resources, which are coming under increasing pressure. Full text...

  • Somalia: Late, erratic rainfall raises concerns about harvest prospects, food security
    02 june 2014 11:51:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said late rains and erratic weather patterns in Somalia have raised concerns over a worsening of the food security situation, as food stocks from the last, poor harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC partner states devise aflatoxin control strategy
    02 june 2014 11:22:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The East African Community (EAC) is working on a five-year communication strategy for controlling aflatoxin in locally-produced food and animal feed, the five-nation grouping’s secretariat said Monday. Full text...

  • Mali: Japan donates food, worth 3.2 billion CFAF, to Mali
    30 may 2014 13:45:47
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Japan on Thursday donated foodstuff, worth 3.2 billion CFAF, to Mali, according to official sources. Full text...

  • UN: FAO issues guide to identify deep-sea sharks, make fisheries more sustainable
    28 may 2014 21:26:36
    New York, US (PANA) - A new series of guides released on Wednesday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will make it easier for fishers to identify deep-sea sharks, as well as improve reporting on catches and make deep-sea fisheries more sustainable. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO, OIE boost collaboration on animal health
    26 may 2014 08:33:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Sunday pledged to step up their existing collaboration to control animal disease, ensure the safety of food from animal origin and promote safe trade. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, FAO collaborate to develop irrigation policy document
    22 may 2014 17:25:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal government and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and produce a national irrigation policy document for the country. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO urges global commitment to tackle world’s nutrition challenges
    22 may 2014 14:16:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, on Wednesday called on countries to put nutrition high on their national and international agendas, and to take a lead role in the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Ecobank, eleni commodity exchange in deal to boost Africa’s farming
    22 may 2014 11:42:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a bid to promote the development of Africa’s agriculture industry, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) and eleni LLC, the leading proponent and developer of commodity exchanges in Africa, Thursday signed here a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with a view to establishing a cooperative framework. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN warns South Sudan at the brink of famine
    21 may 2014 14:07:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations on Wednesday warned that South Sudan is at a risk of famine unless humanitarian assistance is provided now. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope Francis to attend 2nd International Conference on Nutrition
    21 may 2014 10:20:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis will add his voice to the fight against hunger and malnutrition by addressing the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), scheduled for 19-21 November at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • UN: FAO report highlights importance of fisheries
    19 may 2014 18:32:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report on Monday highlighted the growing role of fish and aquaculture in feeding the world and providing a source of income, and called for the sustainable and responsible management of the so-called "blue world". Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO report highlights growing role of fishing in feeding the world
    19 may 2014 11:15:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More people than ever before rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food and as a source of income, but harmful practices and poor management threaten the sector’s sustainability, says a new report published Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Farmers trained on hardship survival tricks in Ethiopia
    16 may 2014 21:44:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia has trained 2.5 million farmers in ways of accessing credit, generating income from farms and improving diet quality, officials said in Addis Ababa on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Expert urges governments to buy local food in public projects
    16 may 2014 17:04:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, on Friday said that public procurement can contribute to making food systems more fair and sustainable and help realize the human right to adequate food. Full text...

  • Senegal: El Hadji Diouf, Akon to invest in rice production in Senegal
    16 may 2014 17:00:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A former Senegalese football star, El Hadji Diouf, and the US-based Senegalese musician, Alioune Badara Thiam, popularly called "Akon" Friday announced their intention to invest in the cultivation of rice in Senegal. Full text...

  • Italy: Crisis-hit farmers receive seeds, tools in CAR
    16 may 2014 12:18:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a major operation to distribute seeds and tools in the Central African Republic (CAR) to support crisis-hit farming families. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: WFP moving from food aid to food assistance
    16 may 2014 07:54:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced bold plans targeting millions of poor farmers with the direct purchase of farm produce to create a vibrant food market. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Desert locusts invade Addis Ababa, food situation precarious
    15 may 2014 14:39:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Desert locusts have invaded the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from the Eastern region, the first such major outbreak in the Horn of Africa region, believed to have originated from Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Yemen and South Sudan, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo, FAO sign MoU on cassava
    14 may 2014 15:50:53
    Brazzaville, Congo ( PANA) - Congo and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of a project aimed at promoting the cassava sector, according to a statement issued here Wednesday by the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Bloomberg to invest US$250m in storage of Nigeria's farm produce
    13 may 2014 15:43:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As Nigeria moves to reduce post-harvest losses in the country, an American company, Bloomberg, says it will invest US$250 million in the establishment of modern and conditioned warehouses for the storage of fresh farm produce. Full text...

  • Congo: MPs urge govt. to ratify IDA-Congo financial agreement on agric
    13 may 2014 14:14:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese MPs Monday authorized the government to ratify the financing agreement between Congo and the International Development Association (IDA ) for additional funding of F CFA 1.250 billion to enable the central African State implement its project aimed at developing agriculture and rehabilitating rural roads (PDARP), according to an official statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia celebrates nationalization of agricultural land
    12 may 2014 16:45:54
    Tunis, Tunisia ( PANA) - Agriculture is an essential pillar for development in Tunisia since it contributes up to 10% to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, absorbs more than 8% of the total investments in the economy and accounts for 16% of the active labour force, Mehdi Jomaa, the Tunisian prime minister said Monday . Full text...

  • Kenya: Urgent action required to prevent famine in South Sudan
    12 may 2014 15:45:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The latest food security analysis, carried out in South Sudan, indicates that because of conflict, displacement, destroyed markets and disrupted livelihoods, food security has deteriorated at an alarming rate since the outbreak of conflict in December 2013, FAO has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 African leaders reaffirm commitment to transformation of agriculture
    08 may 2014 17:35:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Seven African leaders has reaffirmed their commitment to transforming the agricultural sector across the continent, as part of the process of delivering prosperity to the citizens. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Weather, political tensions make food markets volatile, says FAO
    08 may 2014 11:44:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Weather conditions in various countries and political tensions in the Black Sea region have made food markets more volatile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports in its new Food Outlook. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Start ups dominate African seed industry - Report
    08 may 2014 09:23:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Locally-owned African seed companies participating in a programme to offer high-yield crop varieties to smallholder farmers across the continent have collectively become the largest seed producers in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report released Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges more help to check hunger, malnutrition
    07 may 2014 21:44:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in Rome urged immediate help to end hunger and malnutrition around the world, warning that up to a million people could be at risk of famine in a matter of months. Full text...

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