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  • Rwanda: US government announces vision to end global hunger, undernutrition
    07 september 2016 15:03:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith on Wednesday announced the US government's vision for ending global hunger, poverty and undernutrition over the next 15 years. Full text...

  • Italy: USAID funding looks to spark 'new era' in agricultural data collection
    07 september 2016 10:32:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have signed a US$15 million agreement aimed at boosting the capacity of developing countries to track key agricultural data, information that is essential to good policymaking and that will help track progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • UN: IFAD chief wins inaugural Africa Food Prize
    06 september 2016 17:33:05
    NewYork, US (PANA) - UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo Nwanze has been awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize for his transformative work to eradicate rural poverty in Africa, an IFAD statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: African green revolution takes shape after a decade
    06 september 2016 09:04:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A decade of intense domestic attention to farmers and food production has generated “the most successful development effort” in African history, making countries with the biggest investments in agriculture to register higher farm productivity and overall economic performance, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) said in a new report on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief says oceans vital to Africa's development
    01 september 2016 22:37:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing an African ministerial conference, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) Jose Graziano da Silva on Thursday stressed the need to mitigate the impacts of climate change and illegal fishing on oceans and coastal communities as fisheries and aquaculture emerge as driving forces behind the transformation of the continent’s economies. Full text...

  • Mauritius: FAO leader stresses role of healthy oceans as drivers of prosperity
    01 september 2016 11:38:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - With fisheries and aquaculture emerging as transformational forces for African economies, more needs to be done to mitigate the impacts of climate change and illegal fishing on oceans and coastal communities. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius seeks urgent assistance from FAO to fight FMD
    01 september 2016 06:21:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Agro-industry Minister Mahen Kumar Seeruttun has asked the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for further assistance in urgently helping the island to control and eradicate the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius, FAO sign two technical cooperation agreements
    31 august 2016 17:46:14
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday signed two technical cooperation agreements to strengthen the 'National Food Safety and Plant Health Protection Systems' and the 'Forest Code Revision and Institutional Reform', official sources in Port Louis said. Full text...

  • UN: WFP needs US$48 million for school meals in West, Central Africa
    30 august 2016 19:04:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said it urgently needs US$48 million for its school meals assistance programme in West and Central Africa to avoid having more than 1.3 million children across the region risk missing out its school meals as widening financial constraints force it to reduce its reach in the region. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD, WFP to help smallholder farmers in Sudan
    30 august 2016 06:20:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in Sudan to help smallholder farmers improve their production and promote food security. Full text...

  • Mauritius: FAO Director General visits Indian Ocean islands
    28 august 2016 07:20:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) –The FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, will visit Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles from 29 August to 3 September 2016 in support of the Indian Ocean Commission’s Regional Programme on Food and Nutrition Security. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO chief highlights role of agriculture in preventing conflicts
    27 august 2016 15:07:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Food security and agriculture have an essential role to play in preventing conflicts and crises on the African continent, blunting their impacts and acting as engines for post-crisis recovery. Full text...

  • Kenya: AfDB chief offers roadmap towards agriculture transformation in Africa
    26 august 2016 16:22:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina has outlined a roadmap towards the transformation of agriculture in Africa, putting emphasis on combating malnutrition in children, turning African farmlands into major suppliers of food for export and putting funds at the disposal of local banks to create a stable source of funding for farm investments. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopia needs urgent global support for agricultural season - FAO
    15 august 2016 16:43:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Seasonal floods, resulting in crop damage and inundation of pastures, following a severe El Nino-induced drought in Ethiopia may be further exacerbated by its cool weather counterpart, La Nina, expected from October onwards, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: World Bank pledges US$50 million for farmers in Boko Haram-ravaged N/East Nigeria
    11 august 2016 15:55:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The World Bank has pledged a total of US$50 million in support of Nigeria’s agricultural sector for specific benefit of the Fadama famers in the Boko Haram-ravaged areas in north east Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius evaluates basic veterinary care
    10 august 2016 08:56:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Agro-industry and Food Security Miinister Mahen Seeruttun on Wednesday said that Mauritius is self-sufficient in poultry meat and eggs owing to well established vertically integrated poultry industries and it is of paramount importance that the industry be protected from major poultry diseases. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO seeks urgent funding, farming support for 385,000 people in northeast Nigeria
    09 august 2016 16:44:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Urgent action is needed to provide farming and livelihood support to 385,000 people in parts of Nigeria's northeast where food insecurity is rampant, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius announces outbreak of foot and mouth disease
    09 august 2016 09:14:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Agro-industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun on Tuesday informed Parliament about the outbreak of foot and mouth disease among the cattle population in Mauritius and Rodrigues but said measures were being taken to control its spread. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says global food prices down slightly in July
    04 august 2016 14:21:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • UN: WFP launches smartphone app to raise funds for school meals in Malawi
    03 august 2016 19:42:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a smartphone app in drought-hit Malawi to fundraise for school meals in the country's southern district of Zomba, where El Nino-induced drought has reduced crop supplies. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, WFP report says millions trapped in violence, severe hunger
    29 july 2016 15:24:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Protracted conflicts affecting 17 countries have driven millions of people into severe food insecurity and are hindering global efforts to eradicate malnutrition, two UN agencies have warned in a report submitted to the UN Security Council on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Investing in youth, key to future prosperity - IFAD
    28 july 2016 15:26:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Investing in agriculture and farming technologies will help to change the perception that young people have of farming, making it an appealing career choice, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO races against time to save drought-ravaged southern Africa
    28 july 2016 13:31:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With only a few weeks before land preparation begins for the next main cropping season, some 23 million people in Southern Africa urgently need support to produce enough food to feed themselves, the FAO announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Obama leaves legacy to transform agriculture value chains in Africa
    26 july 2016 09:41:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As the term of office of US president Barack Obama winds down, his Government's initiative dubbed 'Feed the Future', is set to go far beyond his Administration to address global food security that has continued to affect several parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WFP warns of El Niño-induced famine in Zimbabwe
    25 july 2016 15:37:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The food situation in several regions across Zimbabwe remained grave and could deteriorate to a large-scale famine in some of the worst drought affected provinces of Zimbabwe, leading to low crop production where local capacities have been impacted by the worst El Nino-induced drought in 35 years, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned in a statement issued here Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: WFP, FAO hail new US law on global food security, resilience, nutrition
    25 july 2016 14:01:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Leaders of two United Nations agencies fighting hunger worldwide have applauded new legislation in the US aimed at strengthening global food assistance programmes in the years ahead. Full text...

  • Italy: Italy, FAO discuss migration, hunger and upcoming Italian G7 presidency
    22 july 2016 09:46:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Mediterranean migration crisis and ways in which Italy's upcoming presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) can help boost efforts to achieve the international community's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), topped the agenda during talks on Thursday between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ninety states sign UN deal to end illegal fishing
    22 july 2016 06:10:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A landmark trade agreement to remove US$35 billion worth of fish subsidies has been signed by 90 countries, among them, 48 African states, Asian and countries in the Pacific region, to end harmful fishing and to implement measures to conserve marine resources. Full text...

  • UN: WFP offers food aid to 6.5 million people in Malawi affected by severe drought
    21 july 2016 14:29:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched what is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in Malawi, where an unprecedented El Nino-related drought has left nearly 40 per cent of the population in need of emergency assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Biofortified beans reducing iron deficiency in Rwandan women
    20 july 2016 08:29:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Daily consumption of meals with beans has reduced cases of anaemia and iron deficiency in young Rwandan women in just four-and-a-half months. Full text...

  • UN: FAO study finds dry lands susceptible to more drought, land degradation
    19 july 2016 19:43:34
    New York, US (PANA) - A new study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will help to fill a significant knowledge gap on the presence and extent of forests and trees in the world's drylands, where the food security and livelihoods of millions of people, already precarious, are increasingly being threatened by climate change. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Better coordination of forestry and agriculture will improve food security'
    18 july 2016 11:51:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - While agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation, there is an urgent need to promote more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry to build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security, the FAO said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: 'Violence in South Sudan raises spectre of hunger catastrophe' - FAO
    16 july 2016 13:21:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Millions of people facing hunger in South Sudan will be driven to the brink of catastrophe if renewed flashes of violence derail the fragile peace process, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned here Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO urges increased vigilance, as poultry virus spreads in West, Central Africa
    13 july 2016 14:55:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries across West and Central Africa are on alert as the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) continues to spread across the region, with Cameroon becoming the latest African country to detect the disease, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO chief hails new fishing treaty
    12 july 2016 11:36:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Port State Measures Agreement "marks the dawn of a new era in the effort to combat illegal fishing" but rapid action is needed to make sure its implementation is effective, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns on fish over-harvesting
    07 july 2016 17:33:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kg a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now over-harvested at biologically unsustainable levels. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says global food prices rose in June
    07 july 2016 13:37:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Global food commodity prices rose 4.2 per cent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday, but noted improved production prospects for the year ahead. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN seeks to ramp up response to El-Nino dire impact
    06 july 2016 13:59:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More than 60 million people worldwide, 40 million of them in East and Southern Africa, are projected to be food insecure due to the impact of the El Niño climate event, the United Nations said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says floods affecting pastoralists in Ethiopia
    05 july 2016 18:10:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Floods across Ethiopia have severely impacted on livestock-dependent families, following more than 18 months of dry spells and poor rainfall induced by an El Niño drought phenomenon, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, China sign agreement on agriculture, training programmes
    04 july 2016 22:04:58
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigeria and China on Monday signed an agreement worth over eight million RMB Yuan for multiple feasibility, agricultural and training projects. Full text...

  • Italy: UN agencies examine El Niño impacts in Africa, Asia/Pacific, gear up for La Niña
    04 july 2016 14:18:34
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The 2015-16 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the strongest and most widespread of the past hundred years, destroying the livelihoods of farming families across the globe and leaving millions of people hungry, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Kenya: Investment in rural Africa helps curbs economic migration - IFAD President
    04 july 2016 13:28:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Investing more in Africa’s rural areas will stem the flow of economic migrants and minimize the acts of desperation that make newspaper headlines, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya:UN agencies see likely end to high agro prizes period
    04 july 2016 13:23:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over, say the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in their latest 10-year Outlook. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: World Bank approves US$100 million to support Ethiopia against drought
    01 july 2016 18:12:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The World Bank Group on Friday approved US$100 million in additional financing to support Ethiopia’s food-for-work programme to enable the East African nation combat the effects of a crippling drought. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies warn on severe food shortages in South Sudan
    29 june 2016 15:03:57
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 4.8 million people in South Sudan, which is well over one-third of the population, will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WFP warns on worsening food, nutrition status in South Sudan
    24 june 2016 16:50:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the UN World Food Progarmme (WFP) cautioned on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope Francis hails FAO role in new Mediterranean migration initiative
    24 june 2016 11:11:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis in a meeting on Thursday with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised the agency's efforts to address migration in the Mediterranean region as well as its work to promote the strong links between peace and food security, climate change and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Italy: Cape Verde joins Port State Measures Agreement to combat unregulated fishing
    24 june 2016 11:01:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Cape Verde joined the Port State Measures Agreement on Thursday, as President Jorge Carlos Fonseca personally delivered his country's ratification papers for the treaty to UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in a visit to Rome. Full text...

  • UN: FAO boosts support in Lake Chad Basin to safeguard agricultural livelihoods
    23 june 2016 17:55:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday said it is providing agricultural and livelihood assistance to affected host communities and displaced people in the Lake Chad Basin as a result of massive population displacements and insecurity that are putting livelihoods and food security at high risk. Full text...

  • Kenya: African states prepared to advance commercial farming
    21 june 2016 16:49:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s agriculture minister Willy Bett said on Tuesday that African states are prepared to take steps to advance commercial agriculture by increasing funding, taking steps to remove taxes that slow down the sector’s growth and providing subsidies to increase food production. Full text...

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