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  • Italy: Bees can help boost food security of two billion small farmers at no cost – UN
    19 february 2016 22:07:34
    Rome, Ital (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower. Full text...

  • Rome, Italy: IFAD urges focus on rural development to 'break the chain of desperation'
    19 february 2016 07:54:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Recognizing that rural development plays a fundamental role in stabilizing communities and reducing migration and conflict, senior government officials have renewed their commitment at a United Nations conference in Rome to invest in smallholder agriculture and reduce poverty in developing countries. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government sends severe drought caution
    18 february 2016 15:56:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is likely to face the most severe drought ever faced in years, officials have said. Full text...

  • Italy: Development leaders meet to explore ways of boosting investment in smallholder farming
    17 february 2016 18:40:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Development leaders, heads of state and government representatives on Wednesday gathered in Rome, Italy, for the opening of the 39th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to explore ways of boosting investments in smallholder agriculture that are essential to achieving the Global Goals of ending poverty and hunger. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD helps Swazi farmers combat drought, boost nutrition security
    17 february 2016 07:36:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Swaziland and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement on Tuesday to finance an initiative that will improve food and nutrition security and increase the incomes of 10,900 households, in particular smallholder farmers living in Lubombo and Shiselweni regions of the southern Africa country where drought has been most severe. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD helps Swaziland boost food security
    16 february 2016 13:18:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kingdom of Swaziland and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed an agreement to finance the Smallholder Market-led Project (SMLP), the UN Agency said in a press statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO, newspaper partner to boost food, agriculture coverage
    16 february 2016 11:14:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Grupo PRISA, publishers of Madrid-based daily EL PAÍS, have agreed to collaborate to improve public awareness of critical issues related to hunger, agriculture and food systems, the UN body has said in a news dispatch from Rome on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Italy: The potential of agricultural biotechnologies will assist family farmers - FAO Chief
    15 february 2016 14:44:02
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Much more must be done to ensure that family farmers, especially those in developing countries, have access to agricultural biotechnologies that can make their activities more productive and sustainable in the face of major challenges such as climate change and population growth, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO, partners warn El Niño could have devastating impact on southern Africa's harvests, food security
    13 february 2016 09:27:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Over the coming year, humanitarian partners should prepare for food insecurity levels as food insecure population numbers in southern Africa can be at their highest levels since the 2002-2003 food crisis, the United Nations agriculture agency warned Friday, citing an 'intense' drought as the main cause. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius launches 'Smart Agriculture'
    12 february 2016 11:30:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture on Thursday night launched its 'Smart Agriculture' project in a bid to reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture, PANA has learned from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns on threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics
    10 february 2016 18:08:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting Full text...

  • UN: UN report highlights food insecurity, malnutrition in Somalia
    08 february 2016 17:44:58
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN food security and nutrition assessment report on Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies warn on food crisis in South Sudan
    08 february 2016 15:48:26
    New York, US (PANA) - South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, and at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, UN agencies warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Food Price Index drops in January 2016 - FAO
    04 february 2016 10:46:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index fell in January, slipping 1.9 percent below its level in the last month of 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks fell, sugar in particular, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: Benin, IFAD sign deal to boost nutrition security, create jobs for young people
    01 february 2016 18:19:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Benin and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement Monday to finance the Market Gardening Development Support Project (PADMAR), an initiative that will create some 3,000 new jobs, particularly for young women and men in the West African country. Full text...

  • Cameroon: IFAD grants Cameroon US$1 million to promote aquaculture enterprises
    29 january 2016 13:24:29
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Over 300 small enterprises will be established in Cameroon’s fish farming sector under a funding support agreement signed Friday in Rome, Italy, between the west-central African country and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: FAO focuses on animal-borne diseases
    29 january 2016 11:30:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Infectious animal-borne disease threats such as Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are here to stay, and further painful outbreaks are likely to flare up or new disease threats will definitely emerge in the near future. Full text...

  • Botswana: Livestock keepers tag animals for traceability in Botswana
    28 january 2016 19:00:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana government has started rolling animal ear tags across the country to enhance traceability of animals, following a test-trail in 2014. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD provides US$33.8m loan to boost farming in DRC
    28 january 2016 13:36:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poor farmers and women-headed households in DR Congo's North Kivu province will benefit from a project aimed at raising incomes while boosting the country’s food security under an agreement signed Thursday between the DRC government and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to hold symposium on agricultural biotechnologies
    27 january 2016 11:51:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is hosting an international symposium on “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition” from 15-17 February 2016. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world'
    27 january 2016 11:39:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Livestock keepers and policy makers worldwide are increasingly interested in harnessing animal biodiversity to improve production and food security on a warmer, more crowded planet, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report issued on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN appeals for more resources to deal with drought in Ethiopia
    26 january 2016 19:38:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite the well-coordinated response already underway to offset Full text...

  • UN: WFP says Central African Republic faces hunger
    20 january 2016 18:40:49
    New York, US (PANA) - An emergency food security assessment by the UN World Full text...

  • Italy: FAO urges broader adoption of its Save and Grow paradigm for sustainable agriculture
    18 january 2016 11:17:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new FAO book out on Monday takes a close look at how the world's major cereals maize, rice and wheat - which together account for an estimated 42.5 percent of human calories and 37 percent of our protein - can be grown in ways that respect and even leverage natural ecosystems. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO presents US$50 million emergency plan as Ethiopia faces worst drought in 30 years
    15 january 2016 11:26:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The strongest El Niño weather episode in the last several decades has caused repeated crop failure, decimated livestock herds and driven some 10.2 million people across Ethiopia into food insecurity, FAO said on Friday, as it presented its emergency response plan to urgently protect livestock and rebuild crop production in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces strategic plan to boost agriculture
    13 january 2016 17:51:24
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) — Mauritian Agro-industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun on Tuesday launched a non-sugar strategic plan to boost the agricultural sector and reduce imports of basic foodstuffs in the island. Full text...

  • UN: Food price index drops in December on abundant supplies, slow economic growth
    07 january 2016 16:17:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Prices of major food commodities declined for the fourth year in Full text...

  • Italy: FAO stresses need for fair trade policies that support food security
    22 december 2015 11:40:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has welcomed an agreement by World Trade Organization (WTO) member states through the recently adopted "Nairobi Package" to move towards eliminating export subsidies involving agricultural products. Full text...

  • Italy: El Niño lowers early production outlook in Southern Africa - FAO warns
    22 december 2015 11:30:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Niño weather phenomenon that has lowered rains and increased temperatures, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: New DFID-FAO agreement paves way for stronger, easier collaboration
    21 december 2015 17:28:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DfID) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are strengthening their partnership with a new agreement that will benefit future collaboration on a multitude of fronts, a UN statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Intra-COMESA trade in maize to increase
    21 december 2015 13:15:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says Intra-COMESA trade in grains is set to rise following the launch of a roadmap that will address differences in standards and regulations that impede regional trade in maize. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US provides support to avert Ethiopia food shortages
    18 december 2015 14:31:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ethiopia (PANA) - The U.S. on Friday announced US$88 million in assistance for Ethiopia to address an urgent food crisis resulting from the impacts of the El Niño phenomenon, which has caused shortages in parts of the East African nation. Full text...

  • Kenya: NEPAD says climate smart agriculture key to Africa's development
    11 december 2015 17:17:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Collaboration by various stakeholders including governments, NGOs and research bodies is needed now to rapidly scale-up the African agricultural sector to improve food security and resilience to climate change, according to a senior official of NEPAD. Full text...

  • Agriculture: FAO study reveals disturbing hunger trends in world's highland areas
    11 december 2015 16:46:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - While global hunger figures are decreasing, the number of food insecure people in mountain areas rose 30 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study released Friday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Mountain Partnership on International Mountain Day. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government increases drought subsidy for Botswana farmers
    10 december 2015 16:21:42
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has increased its agriculture subsidy scheme to cushion farmers from the prevailing drought conditions in the country, Agriculture minister Patrick Ralotsia said Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: Align trade and agricultural development policies better to achieve food security - FAO
    09 december 2015 14:08:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Rules governing international trade of food and agricultural products should be crafted with an eye to improving countries' food security and other development objectives. Full text...

  • Italy: Artificial fish habitats along Somali coast to benefit coastal communities - FAO
    07 december 2015 11:14:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), working with the European Union, has completed the deployment of 25 "fish magnets" along Somalia's 3,300-km coastline, a move that will boost the nation's small-scale artisanal fisheries, the UN food agency announced on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appeals for reverse in rate of soil degradation
    04 december 2015 15:05:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appealed for Full text...

  • UN: FAO says food prices fall in November
    03 december 2015 20:49:33
    New York, US (PANA) - November saw a decrease in major food commodity prices as the cost of most globally-traded staples fell, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday, warning of deteriorating food security in areas affected by conflict or severe weather. Full text...

  • COP21: FAO urges "hand-in-hand" approach to hunger and climate change
    02 december 2015 10:17:56
    Paris, France (PANA) - Providing support to developing countries and their agricultural sectors is essential for the global goals of eradicating hunger and tackling the challenges of climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in Paris on Tuesday. Full text...

  • COP21: Google, FAO partner to make remote sensing data more efficient and accessible
    02 december 2015 10:11:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - Google Maps and FAO have agreed to work closely together to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, providing a high-technology assist to countries tackling climate change and much greater capacity to experts developing forest and land-use policies. Full text...

  • Italy: AU, Thai ministry receive FAO awards
    01 december 2015 09:22:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC), Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the National Geographic Society on Monday received UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) awards for their outstanding efforts in support of Zero Hunger. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says surge in climate change-related disasters threat to food security
    27 november 2015 16:56:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, city of Milan to support global effort to fight hunger, waste, improving nutrition
    26 november 2015 13:07:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, promulgated earlier this year at the 2015 World Expo, is offering a unique international platform to make city food systems more equitable and sustainable, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, and the Italian city's Mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Revamp national laws governing pesticides'
    26 november 2015 11:23:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Some 30 years to the day after UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) first launched its International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, the UN food agency is calling on countries to make sure that national regulatory frameworks governing the management of pesticides are kept up to date. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO warns of threats to food security by climate change-related disasters
    26 november 2015 11:11:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, FAO warned in a new report released on Thursday ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, WHO release updated guidelines on pesticide legislation, labelling
    25 november 2015 17:50:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 30 years to the day after the Food and Agriculture Organization Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFPRI launches ambitious initiative to end hunger, undernutrition by 2025
    19 november 2015 18:13:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Thursday announced the launch of 'Compact2025', an ambitious initiative to work with countries to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025, as a first step toward eradicating extreme poverty. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius conducts agricultural census after 70 years
    19 november 2015 14:19:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Whilst the current system of agricultural statistics is well developed, no census of agriculture has been conducted in Mauritius for more than 70 years and structural data on the agricultural sector is completely lacking, Mauritian Agro-Industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun said at a seminar on results of the 2014 Census of Agriculture. Full text...

  • Italy: Data crucial in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - FAO
    19 november 2015 12:01:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An updated version of the online tree assessment tool known as GlobAllomeTree will now allow countries to get a clearer picture of the biomass, carbon content and ecosystem services of trees and forests than previously possible, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

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