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  • Kenya: Africa lags behind in in global hunger fight - UN
    16 september 2014 13:34:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO food price index drops to four-year low
    11 september 2014 10:39:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO's) monthly food price index registered another drop in August, continuing a 5-month downward run and reaching its lowest level since September 2010, the UN agency said Thursday in a dispatch from its base in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: State monopolies strangle agriculture growth in Africa (News round up by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    07 september 2014 13:55:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The failure to rapidly grow the agricultural sector in Africa has been caused by weak and old-fashioned policies favouring state-run companies in the supply of agricultural produce, ministers said here this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African farmers' woes motivate AU push for green revolution
    02 september 2014 16:11:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The fate of farmers affected by climate change and unable to feed Africans dominated Tuesday’s opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which has attracted 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: Over 1m face starvation as food shortage worsens in Somalia
    02 september 2014 12:06:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The gradual recovery and gains made since the end of the famine in 2012 are being lost as poor rains, conflict and trade disruptions have led to a worsening of the food security situation across Somalia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Large-scale partnerships with private sector could undermine Africans' land rights'
    01 september 2014 15:00:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Government policies and almost US$6 billion in aid money to support large partnerships with the private sector are risking Africans’ land rights, worsening inequality and damaging the environment, according to a report published Monday by Oxfam Full text...

  • Nigeria: Researchers want collective action against weeds in Africa
    01 september 2014 13:32:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Researchers have called for more concerted efforts to tackle the menace of weeds and the rejuvenation of the weeds science programme in Africa, as a way of tackling the problem affecting cassava farmers. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Benin to host Africa's first rice innovations fair
    30 august 2014 12:35:32
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) – Innovative research and development products, tools and approaches developed by the Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) and its partners to boost productivity in Africa’s rice farming will be showcased at the first ‘Rice Innovations Fair of ScalableTechnologies’ from 1-2 September 2014, in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Kenya: Swaziland moving towards commercial farming, says FAO
    27 august 2014 13:24:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a major effort to revitalize agriculture in Swaziland, the government, the European Union (EU) and the FAO have helped over 20,000 smallholder farmers produce more, higher-quality food. Full text...

  • Congo: Chinese firm seeks 30,000 hectares to grow cassava in Congo
    22 august 2014 19:44:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A Chinese company, CGC International, is seeking 30,000 hectares for planting cassava in Pointe-Noire, Congo’s main economic and industrial centre, the company’s Deputy Managing Director, Jiang Fei, said Friday in Brazzaville after a meeting with Congolese Minister for Lands Pierre Mabiala. Full text...

  • Congo: Belgian company to invest in rubber production
    21 august 2014 21:01:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A Belgian company, HEVECO, is to invest in the production of rubber in Congo, an engineer of the project, Gilles Van Roye, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFAD President starts official tour of Gambia
    21 august 2014 16:43:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, arrived in Gambia on Thursday for a two-day official visit during which he will meet with President Yahya Jammeh and high-level government officials. Full text...

  • Botswana: Brucellosis vacination called off after 40 years in Botswana
    18 august 2014 13:59:10
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s veterinary services on Monday announced that it has stopped the national brucellosis vaccination campaign after 40 years of usage in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: IFAD President to meet President Jammeh, VP
    18 august 2014 11:34:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo Nwanze is due to arrive in the Gambian capital, Banjul, Wednesday for a two-day official visit to the West African nation. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Private company to invest US$16 million in banana cultivation
    13 august 2014 22:23:41
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Grands Domaines de Mauritanie (GDM), a national private company operating in the agro-industry sector, will soon engage in banana cultivation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Disease reduces Nigerian cocoa prices
    13 august 2014 13:37:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian cocoa farmers are being offered lower prices as mould induced by heavy rainfall has reduced the quality of the chocolate ingredients, according to Socodevi, a Canada-based organisation working on improving crops in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: Zambia gets new project to enhance food security
    07 august 2014 15:21:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A new project geared towards reducing post-maize harvest losses and improving grain handling in Zambia was Thursday launched in the country, according to a statement obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO Food Prize Index hits six-month low
    07 august 2014 11:19:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July, mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oil seeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities, the UN agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dangote, Nigerian govt sign MOU on US$1 billion rice investment
    01 august 2014 19:03:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Africa’s richest man and chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Federal Government to invest one billion US dollars in rice production in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan warring factions warned to end looming famine
    31 july 2014 15:25:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The looming famine in South Sudan could be averted if the Government reaches an agreement to end fighting with rebels, regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Italian firm plans to industrialise African agriculture
    31 july 2014 13:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An Italian firm, Scienza Per Amore, has announced the introduction of a food security project in Africa, seeking to cut food wastage by turning unused animal feed into biofuel and processing of foods to improve nutrition. Full text...

  • Kenya: Food insecurity bites in South Sudan, funds dry up, says FAO
    31 july 2014 13:29:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Continued efforts to provide farmers, fishermen and pastoralists in South Sudan with life-saving emergency livelihood kits are at risk due to a funding shortfall, aggravating the risk of famine in some areas of the country, FAO warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IFAD supports cassava flour bread in West Africa
    30 july 2014 11:32:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is supporting projects that will encourage the inclusion of cassava flour in bread and other confectioneries across West and Central Africa, according to a statement from the Nigeria-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Full text...

  • Congo: 2nd South African agric company settles in Congo
    29 july 2014 13:52:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The South African company, Afri-Com, specialists in agro-pastoral domain, will be the second South African agricultural company to settle in Congo. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US says threat of famine looms in South Sudan
    26 july 2014 09:52:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - South Sudan now faces the worst food security crisis in the world, the US government has warned, saying that violence has forced over 1.5 million people from their homes since mid-December, while more than 50,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition this year. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN wants upscaled effort in tackling Sahel food insecurity
    25 july 2014 14:47:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations Friday called on the international donor community to renew a commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel. Full text...

  • Italy: Global plan of action endorsed to halt escalating degradation of soils
    24 july 2014 16:44:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Urgent action is required to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources and stop land degradation, so as to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water, energy and raw materials, according to government representatives and experts meeting at the FAO headquarters here. Full text...

  • Togo: Project on adapting to climate change being reviewed
    22 july 2014 20:44:02
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – A project on the adaptation of agriculture to climate change in Togo, "Adapt" is being reviewed for validation in Lomé by actors and partners in the agriculture and environment sectors, official sources told PANA on Tuesday in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AGRA, CTA sign MOU to promote use of ICT across value chains
    22 july 2014 20:30:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding marking the beginning of a new collaboration between them. Full text...

  • Congo: FAO funds cassava promotion project in Congo
    17 july 2014 19:42:56
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released 160 million CFAF to support the promotion of cassava in Congo. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN strengthens regulations on food safety
    17 july 2014 12:29:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, has adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide. Full text...

  • Benin: Govt. to buy up surplus maize
    16 july 2014 15:41:35
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Benin government says it will spend 500 million CFA francs to purchase surplus maize across the country, PANA learnt Wednesday in Cotonou from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian govt. creates national council for nutrition
    16 july 2014 15:15:27
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Government on Wednesday established a national council for nutrition (NCN), with a view to resolving the chronic malnutrition which has a prevalence rate of 30% and increases infant mortality in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Scientists develop new Vitamin A cassava varieties
    13 july 2014 19:24:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Three newly improved Vitamin A cassava varieties with yellow roots, aimed at tackling the problem of vitamin A deficiency among women and children, have been developed by scientists from two research institutes in Nigeria, according to a statement by the Ibadan-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA). Full text...

  • Congo: FAO, Congo plan to increase fish supply
    11 july 2014 11:03:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have created a joint action plan to ensure an increased supply of fish in Congo, they announced in an official statement. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, Thomson Reuters Foundation to launch online food security information service
    09 july 2014 15:14:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of the world’s biggest news and information providers, is teaming up with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve global information and awareness on hunger and food-related issues, including food production, food security, food waste, agriculture, land use, and malnutrition. Full text...

  • Italy: Fish drying method changes lives in Burundi
    09 july 2014 13:35:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A project by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to equip small fishing communities with the tools and know-how to dry fish on simple raised racks instead of on the sand has changed lives along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi, FAO said in a statement obtained by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kenya procures 200,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania
    04 july 2014 12:03:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania will supply Kenya 200,000 metric tonnes of maize under a deal signed Thursday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by officials of the two neighbouring East African countries, it was learnt here Friday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says food prices decline for third straight month
    03 july 2014 22:39:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Thursday said Full text...

  • South Africa: ONE applauds Malabo Declaration on agriculture transformation
    03 july 2014 14:56:51
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty, Thursday applauded African Union (AU) leaders for solidifying their commitment to transforming Africa’s agriculture sector by improving upon the 2003 Maputo Declaration, under which they committed to spending at least 10% of their national budgets on agriculture. Full text...

  • UN: FAO panel urges collective action to reduce global food losses, waste
    02 july 2014 17:44:00
    New York, US (PANA) - A newly-issued UN-backed expert panel report has taken a close look at where and how food waste occurs and recommended a number of actions that could help reduce the 1.3 billion tonnes of food that are squandered worldwide each year. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde, CPLP countries to create law on the right to food
    02 july 2014 17:12:40
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde will work with the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries of Africa (CPLP) to establish, next year, a law on the human right to food, PANA learnt here Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • UN: New report outlines top 10 food-borne parasites
    01 july 2014 22:38:26
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report released on Tuesday by two UN agencies identifies "10 top" food-borne parasites with the greatest global impact, including those found in pork, fish, fresh produce, fruit juice and milk. Full text...

  • UN: FAO reports on new roadmap to boost small-scale, family forest producers
    30 june 2014 22:14:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisaton (FAO) and its partners, say if small-scale forest and farm producers joined to form producer organisations, they could increase forest productivity and improve livelihoods of local communities. Full text...

  • South Africa: African leaders nudged on agric
    27 june 2014 12:33:43
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - As the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit continues in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, a campaign and advocacy organisation, which calls on African leaders to recommit to spending at least 10% of national budgets on effective agriculture investments, has gathered more than 2 million signatures of support from African citizens across the continent. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: FAO hails African leaders over fight against hunger
    27 june 2014 12:18:55
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General José Graziano da Silva has congratulated African leaders attending the AU Summit here for "raising the bar" in the fight against hunger. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Africa Solidarity Trust Fund okays projects on youth employment, others
    26 june 2014 12:56:29
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The FAO-managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund Thursday gave the green light to four new projects that will focus on youth employment and malnutrition, among others. Full text...

  • Equatorial Ghinea: AU Summit to set broader goals for Africa’s ailing agriculture
    24 june 2014 17:58:45
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Summit will set a broad set of goals for Africa’s agriculture sector to eliminate hunger and triple continental trade in agricultural products by 2025. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea: AU determined to make economic growth benefit all Africans
    24 june 2014 17:49:52
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) – With its member States among those with world’s fastest growing economies, the African Union (AU) is determined to ensure that the growth benefits all Africans, “without leaving anyone behind”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 500 farmers to benefit from agric programme in Nigeria
    24 june 2014 17:42:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 500 farmers will benefit from the second phase of the Social Enterprise Programme (SEP), designed to assist women farmers in Nigeria, according to project designers Caterina De' Medici Africa Projects Limited (CDMA). Full text...

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