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  • 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...

  • Italy: 'Agric dev. gives renewed hope for peace in Côte d'Ivoire'
    11 march 2015 11:35:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The potentials in the Ivorian agricultural sector, disrupted by the civil war that broke out in 2002, are still key to the country's economy and future, the the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) said in press statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: New report highlights climate-smart agriculture tools, policy formulation in Africa
    10 march 2015 16:14:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new set of developed tools, including geospacial data and an agricultural simulation toolbox that allows users to select geography, technology and climate change scenarios, will support better policy decisions across Africa, according to a new report, released Tuesday by the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • Nigeria: IITA, AfDB, inaugurate Africa youth agriculture scheme
    09 march 2015 20:26:01
    Lagos, Nigeria(PANA) -The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, south west Nigeria, in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Nigerian government has launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1) to encourage more African youth to participate in agriculture. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies say women farmers pillar of food security
    06 march 2015 22:43:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of International Women’s Day, UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday stated that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security, urging countries to step up efforts to empower rural women who too often do "backbreaking work" to harvest food. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says world food prices dip to lowest level since July 2010
    05 march 2015 19:00:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Food prices dipped to a 55-month low in February, dropping a steady 1.0 per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent below its level compared to a year earlier, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Scientists advocate new approach to fighting hunger, poverty
    05 march 2015 13:04:31
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Agricultural scientists and researchers from over 30 countries across the world have advocated the adoption of an integrated systems research approach to fight hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Int'l confab on integrated systems research underway in Nigeria
    03 march 2015 17:56:09
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Scientists from 30 countries are gathered at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, South West Nigeria, brainstorming on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger rollout of ‘green society’ goals in land management
    26 february 2015 22:21:20
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are rolling out a new roadmap seeking to enhance transparency in the management of land and forestry resources in 12 African countries around Africa, PANA reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopian marmalade will soon hit shelves at Italian store
    25 february 2015 20:23:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday said a partnership with the Italian gourmet food store, Eataly, will soon see cactus pear marmalade jam from Ethiopia on Italian store shelves. Full text...

  • Niger: Donors launch plan to curb clashes over land in Niger
    25 february 2015 08:58:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - A plan to curb clashes between pastoralists and crop farmers over land has been launched in Niger, targeting nine other African countries, as part of an effort to boost agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO: New fish drying technology boosts livelihoods in Ivorian towns
    24 february 2015 11:41:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new and easy-to-assemble fish drying technology pioneered by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping to reduce health hazards, improve food safety and quality, improve working conditions and cut down food losses in West African fishing villages, the UN agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African ministers resolve to enhance livelihood, agriculture
    23 february 2015 20:41:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ministers of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources from Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member States gathered in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Monday have vowed to strengthen measures that would contribute to enhance resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate change and other related risk. Full text...

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