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  • 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...

  • Germany: Joint action needed to tackle massive global food losses, says FAO
    07 may 2014 11:31:27
    Düsseldorf, Germany (PANA) – Tackling the world’s massive food loss problem is a key to reducing hunger and poverty, but governments and companies must step up their collaboration on the issue, an international congress on food losses and waste heard Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African ministers seek radical overhaul of green revolution strategies
    02 may 2014 15:35:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African agriculture ministers have revived a continental call to overhaul agricultural policies to effectively fight hunger. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cocoa production drops by 26%
    01 may 2014 20:26:35
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon's cocoa exports for the 2013/14 season have dropped by 26% over the same period during the previous season, coming down to 143,374 tonnes from 193,298 tonnes, officials of the Cameroonian cocoa-coffee field organizations told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African farmers demand more access to credit facilities
    01 may 2014 19:16:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – As African ministers of Agriculture began their meeting Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, farmers' groups have demanded for more access to land, seeds and credit facilities, to enable them boost food production on the continent. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Africa's agricultural output to hit US$500b by 2020, says AfDB
    30 april 2014 15:01:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Africa has the potential to increase the value of its annual agricultural output from US$280 billion in 2010 to about US$500 billion by 2020, according to an African Development Bank (AfDB) report, obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Belgium: Senegal, EU sign new fisheries deal
    28 april 2014 19:58:16
    Brussels, Belgium ( PANA) - Senegal and the European Union have reached a new fisheries agreement, eight years after the expiry of the previous protocol, according to a statement on Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 200,000 tons of grains produced in 2013/2014
    25 april 2014 15:15:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania produced 200,000 tons of grains (rice and traditional grains) in the 2013/2014 crop year, Brahim Ould Moctar Ould Mohamed M'Bareck, the Minister of Rural Development, announced here Thursday at the meeting of the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African agric ministers lay ground for ‘growth-for-jobs’ initiative
    25 april 2014 14:45:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers of agriculture are due for a joint ministerial meeting to discuss the key elements of an African agricultural growth and transformation strategy, a senior African Union (AU) official said. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers
    25 april 2014 13:25:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect. Full text...

  • Morocco: Guinean president seeks Morocco's support in agriculture
    24 april 2014 19:42:00
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Guinea's president, Alpha Condé, on Thursday sought the support of Morocco for the development of agriculture in his country. Full text...

  • Morocco: Countries urged to shift to more sustainable food systems in face of climate change
    24 april 2014 12:59:11
    Meknès, Morocco (PANA) - Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems as well as step up action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, according to Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Executive Council approves US$152.12m AfDB loan for agriculture
    23 april 2014 17:06:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a loan of US$152.12 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support further reform of the agricultural sector in Nigeria. Full text...

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