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  • UN: UN-backed investments in Uganda small farmers yield impressive outcomes
    10 june 2015 07:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said smallholder farmers in Full text...

  • Italy: Tackling poverty is the only way to conquer hunger, says Argentine president
    08 june 2015 14:49:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poverty lies at the root of hunger, and active state policies directed at eradicating inequality are the most effective way to eradicate malnutrition, Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said here Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Hunger eradication, nutrition, climate change are FAO's top priorities'
    08 june 2015 12:51:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, in his first policy statement since his overwhelming re-election, Monday pledged that eradicating hunger, raising levels of nutrition and addressing climate change will be among the Organization's top priorities over the next four years. Full text...

  • FAO: China signs US$50m South-South Cooperation pact with FAO
    08 june 2015 12:13:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - China and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a US$50 million agreement to support developing countries in building sustainable food systems and inclusive agricultural value chains. Full text...

  • FAO: 72 countries achieve MDG target to halve proportion of hungry people
    08 june 2015 11:25:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An international awards ceremony was held here Monday to show recognition for the great effort made by countries around the world which has led to the near achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve the proportion of hungry people by a 2015 deadline, or bringing it below the 5 percent threshold. Full text...

  • UN: Brazilian Jose Graziano da Silva re-elected FAO chief
    06 june 2015 19:44:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Incumbent Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil, was on Saturday re-elected to a second term for the agency's top post with the highest number of votes ever in the history of the FAO. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO calls for ramping up of global anti-hunger fight
    05 june 2015 21:18:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva has called on the global community to join the movement to end hunger and malnutrition once and for all. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Five million tons of grain expected for 2015-2016 agric campaign
    05 june 2015 14:19:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe government expects five million tons of grain at the end of the 2015-2016 agricultural campaign which was launched Thursday in Yako, 109 km northwest of the capital, Ouagadougou, or an increase of 12.5 percent compared to last season, PANA learnt from the Ministry of Agriculture here. Full text...

  • FAO: Brazilian Graziano da Silva set for re-election as FAO boss
    05 june 2015 12:43:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The stage is set for the re-election of Brazilian José Graziano da Silva as the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as he is the only candidate for this week's election, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief calls for global movement to end hunger once and for all
    04 june 2015 19:36:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva on Thursday called for a global movement to eradicate hunger as countries look ahead to the new set of development goals that will be adopted in September in New York. Full text...

  • FAO: Food Price Index falls to lowest level in six years
    04 june 2015 09:52:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Major food commodity prices declined again in May, hitting an almost six-year low as cereal prices fell substantially amid a favourable outlook for this year's harvests,the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: Stakeholders work to boost food security in cities
    28 may 2015 15:28:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Recognizing the growing challenge of feeding the world's cities and the importance of efficient urban markets, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) are partnering to promote sustainability and inclusiveness in the wholesale sector, including developing "best practices" for reducing food waste. Full text...

  • FAO/WFP/IFAD: World hunger falls to under 800m, eradication is next goal
    27 may 2015 11:07:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million, 216 million fewer than in 1990-92, or around one person out of every nine, according to the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report (The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 - SOFI). Full text...

  • Ghana: IFAD, Ghana sign deal to boost production by small farmers
    18 may 2015 17:11:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Monday signed in Rome a US$36.6 million loan and $10 million grant agreement to finance the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP). Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO ramps up airlifts to reach conflict-hit farmers in South Sudan
    14 may 2015 18:10:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As the main planting season in South Sudan begins, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday it was accelerating efforts to get vital seeds, tools and other materials to some of the country's most vulnerable farmers. Full text...

  • UN: FAO airlifts seedlings, farming tools to conflict-hit farmers in South Sudan
    14 may 2015 15:48:25
    New York, US (PANA) - As the main planting season begins in South Sudan, the UN's Food and Full text...

  • Tanzania: Land rights in focus at Global Land Reform Forum in Dakar
    12 may 2015 11:28:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Around 700 officials, community leaders, practitioners, development partners, activists, research centres and journalists from 80 countries are meeting at the Global Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal, from 12-16 May 2015 to examine the status of land rights, share success stories, identify threats and push towards more effective action. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Zambia, IFAD combat animal diseases to boost smallholder livestock sector
    11 may 2015 16:06:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zambia and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Monday signed a US$14.23 million loan and US$0.87 million grant agreement to finance the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP) designed to address critical gaps in the southern African nation’s livestock sector services and technologies. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Sugar farmers celebrate World Fair Trade Day
    11 may 2015 11:24:35
    Médine, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian sugar farmers, members of the Médine Cooperative Credit Society, on Sunday celebrated the World Fair Trade Day at Médine in the eastern part of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD Vice President visits Senegal
    08 may 2015 13:49:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Continued partnership will be at the centre of official discussions between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Senegal when the Fund’s Vice President, Michel Mordasini, visits the west African country from 12-16 May 2015, the UN specialized agency announced Friday in Rome. Full text...

  • FAO: 'World food import bill to fall to five-year low'
    07 may 2015 12:08:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - International prices for agricultural commodities continued to decline in April and abundant inventories are poised to offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt to boost seed production in Mauritius
    07 may 2015 10:22:22
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Agro-industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun Thursday blamed the absence of a 'variety release system' of agricultural seeds for the indiscriminate importation and trade of seeds by private enterprises and growers. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD sets up financing framework for more investment in rural communities
    06 may 2015 14:19:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has approved the Sovereign Borrowing Framework, a unique and innovative financial policy tool created to meet the increased need for investing in the Fund’s agricultural development projects, it was officially announced in Rome Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed Expo in Milan spotlights need for healthy, sufficient food for all
    02 may 2015 19:07:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the world produces more than enough food to feed every member of the human family, yet one in nine people still go hungry. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda to export potato to Zambia, South Sudan
    30 april 2015 20:25:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda plans to soon export potatoes to Zambia and South Sudan, the Rwandan Minister of Trade and Industry, François Kanimba, said in a statement released on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Somalia registers record export of livestock in 2014
    29 april 2015 19:06:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Somalia in 2014 exported a record five million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention backed by the European Union and the United Kingdom, the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Fall in Southern African maize production may raise food security concerns'
    28 april 2015 15:18:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Southern Africa's maize harvest is expected to shrink this year by some 26 percent compared with 2014's bumper crop, a situation that could trigger food price increases and adversely affect recent food security gains, the UN FAO warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO, EU launch platform to raise pastoralists' voice
    27 april 2015 17:00:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Millions of pastoralists will benefit from a new online knowledge hub intended to help them raise their voices in international policy debates and share valuable information to strengthen their livelihoods, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement released Monday in Rome. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopian marmalade hits Italian store in Rome
    22 april 2015 06:57:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Ethiopian cactus pear marmalade jam has finally hit an Italian gourmet Full text...

  • Italy: Global Soil Week opens in Berlin
    20 april 2015 12:22:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Healthy soils are the foundation of global food production and ought to become a key agenda item in public policy, said Moujahed Achouri, Director of FAO's Land and Water Division, on Monday while addressing the third Global Soil Week in Berlin, germany. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian bio-farm targets African nations
    15 april 2015 10:52:38
    Piton du Milieu, Mauritius (PANA) - An Indian bio-farm based in Mauritius, which is engaged in artificial insemination for genetic development of cattle breed that leads to higher milk and meat yield, plans to extend its services to other African countries. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies, urges govt. action
    14 april 2015 15:33:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Although the world's water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, continuing over-consumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet's neediest regions, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. Full text...

  • FAO: FAO, Norway to help developing countries monitor forest resources
    13 april 2015 11:37:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Norway have signed a US$4.5 partnership agreement to improve the capacity of developing countries to monitor and report on their forest resources and changes in forest area. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO says geothermal energy good for food production, processing
    07 april 2015 14:11:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Geothermal energy, the flow of heat energy radiating from the earth's core, provides unique opportunities for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries, according to a new report published by FAO here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Countries pledge to wipe out sheep, goat plague globally
    03 april 2015 13:44:01
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - High-level authorities from 15 countries on Thursday pledged to collaborate on a global plan to wipe out forever the devastating animal disease, known as 'Peste des petits ruminants (PPR)', by 2030, a lethal plague for goats and sheep and the scourge of rural households in vast swathes of the developing world. Full text...

  • Ghana: FAO food price index drops again in March
    02 april 2015 12:39:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index continued to decline in March, dropping 1.5 per cent from February and 18.7 per cent (40 points) below its level a year earlier. Full text...

  • Mali: FAO, Mali govt. team up to restore food security in northern region
    01 april 2015 11:31:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are set to implement a US$5 million project aimed at restoring the livelihoods of households affected by armed conflicts and climate change in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • UN: 'Eliminating sheep, goat plague will boost livelihoods, nutrition'
    31 march 2015 19:40:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Tuesday it will outline a new strategy for the total eradication of sheep and goat plague by 2030. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD supports livestock marketing, climate resilience in Sudan
    31 march 2015 16:54:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Pastoralist communities in Sudan will benefit from strengthened access to markets and technologies under a new US$119.2 million programme designed to increase their food security, and improve incomes and climate resilience, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced in Rome, Italy, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Local wheat production to save Nigeria 431b naira from imports
    31 march 2015 12:01:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is on the verge of achieving the 68% local wheat production target for the year end, thereby saving the country 431 billion naira ($1=197) from imports, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abidjan hosts int'l confab on getting rid of sheep, goat plague
    30 march 2015 13:55:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, will host an international conference on the control and eradication of sheep and goat plagues, according to a press statement, received here by PANA, Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: IFAD grants US$18 million to build capacity of Congolese fishermen
    27 march 2015 16:40:30
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – About 5,000 fishermen and 500 fish farmers in Congo will benefit from a fishing industry development project to be financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), it was disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • FAO: Conference to launch global control, eradication campaign for sheep, goat plague
    24 march 2015 11:38:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An international conference on control and eradication of sheep and goat plague, known by its French acronym PPR (peste des petits ruminants), scheduled for Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 31 March to 2 April, is to launch global PPR control and eradication campaign. Full text...

  • FAO: 'Crisis-stricken farmers in CAR need urgent help to plant'
    23 march 2015 11:08:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are in urgent need of seeds and tools for the upcoming planting season in April to prevent further deterioration of the livelihoods of vulnerable populations in the conflict-stricken country, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • UN: WFP launches food voucher programme in CAR
    20 march 2015 15:41:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said 100,000 people are to benefit from its food voucher programme, launched for the first time in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: FAO announces new digital system to prevent spread of plant pests
    19 march 2015 16:44:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A new global electronic certification system aimed at reducing the Full text...

  • Japan: Agriculture bears major brunt of disaster impacts, says FAO
    17 march 2015 12:22:12
    Sendai, Japan (PANA) - Nearly a quarter of damages caused by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector, says the initial results from a new study released here Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya urges Japan to review flower export requirements
    16 march 2015 17:27:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has urged Japanese authorities to review the fumigation requirements imposed on flower exports from the east African country. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Experts discuss global measures to keep plant pests at bay
    16 march 2015 13:58:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - How to prevent insects, bacteria, viruses and weeds from infesting fruit, vegetable and other plant and food consignments is the focus of a four-day gathering of international experts which began Monday at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Italy: New FAO report classifies "agrocorridors" as economic driver
    11 march 2015 13:44:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Economic "agrocorridors" can be a strategic tool to draw private capital and large-scale investment for projects that benefit smallholder farmers and boost food security in low-income countries, according to a new FAO report that provides guidance on how development planners can avoid pitfalls. Full text...

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