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  • 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...

  • 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...

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