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  • Italy: Cereals prices rise despite improved supplies - FAO
    02 february 2017 10:34:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO creates prevention tools to help keep food safe
    01 february 2017 17:40:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a set of emergency prevention tools to save lives and improve food safety and security, noting that food was contaminated every day by diseases and pests, ranging from avian flu to locusts and E. coli bacteria. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New improved maize varieties set to be released in sub-Saharan Africa
    31 january 2017 12:14:18
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - Agriculture researchers have embarked on the the replacement of old varieties of maize with some of the over 230 improved drought tolerant seeds across 12 African countries, according to an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO says US$52m needed to avert "damning" food crisis in northeast Nigeria
    30 january 2017 17:01:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Boko Haram terrorism-induced humanitarian crises in northeast Nigeria may aggravate with more “damning consequences” in the next “lean season” unless urgent and proactive measures are adopted to raise the required US$62 million to support the people in the region, according to a new report. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: FAO warns millions face food shortages in Horn of Africa
    30 january 2017 11:32:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - With as little as one-quarter of expected rainfall received, widespread drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have intensified since the failure of the October-December rains, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: AfDB supports drought resilience programme in Eritrea
    27 january 2017 18:29:07
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Eritrea’s fourth Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme was boosted Friday with announcement of a loan and a grant amounting to US $7.14 million by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Full text...

  • UN: 'US$265 billion needed annually to check poverty, hunger' - IFAD
    26 january 2017 15:16:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The world must take urgent action to mobilise the estimated US$265 billion a year needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger by 2030, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo Nwanze has said. Full text...

  • US: Sustainable agric, better-managed water supplies, vital to tackling water-food nexus – UN
    26 january 2017 06:53:17
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting the challenges associated with the inextricable links between water and food – the so-called ‘water-food nexus’ – for food security, as well as for sustainable development, the United Nations agriculture agency on Wednesday in New York outlined steps that can be taken to improve water sustainability for current and future needs. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO, Japan hold high level talks to bolster partnership
    25 january 2017 10:22:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO on Tuesday in Rome hosted a high-level delegation from Japan in a bid to bolster both sides of a strong relationship between the UN agency responsible for fighting hunger and its second-largest contributor to the core budget. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Guinea-Bissau’s rice development project receives AfDB support
    24 january 2017 17:14:19
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Guinea-Bissau’s proposed Rice Value Chain Development Project to be implemented in the Bafata and Oio regions of the country on Tuesday received the African Development Bank Group’s support with a loan and a grant amounting to US $5.67 million. Full text...

  • Kenya; IFAD, Djibouti strike deal to tackle water scarcity
    24 january 2017 15:12:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Djibouti on Tuesday signed a financial agreement to address the serious impact of water scarcity facing Djibouti's rural people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Canada grants more funding for global food safety
    24 january 2017 14:49:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Canada late Monday announced it will contribute an additional US$1 million to international bodies that develop the standards for food safety and plant protection. Full text...

  • Germany: FAO boss calls for more support to family farmers
    23 january 2017 13:23:12
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - In an era in which challenges like climate change and natural resource scarcity are making agriculture ever more knowledge-intensive, family farmers in the developing world need information and technology tools that can help them not just get by, but thrive and feed a growing world population, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief calls for better water access for small farmers
    20 january 2017 20:07:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, on Friday urged the international community to promote more efficient use of water and to take steps to secure water access, especially for poor family farmers. Full text...

  • Germany: FAO, Germany to hold forum on water and the future of food
    18 january 2017 11:25:09
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Oraganisation (FAO), is holding this year's annual Berlin Global Forum on Food and Agriculture from 19–21 January, FAO announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda seeks to boost sugar production by 2020
    17 january 2017 13:25:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities say they intend to expand sugar production capacity to respond to the growing demand of the market in the coming few years, a senior government official revealed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Italy: Drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk
    17 january 2017 10:52:53
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardise the East African nation's restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades, the UN food agency warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda bans chicken import from Uganda over bird flu outbreak
    17 january 2017 10:28:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan authorities on Tuesday announced a ban on the import of chicken and poultry products from Uganda over an avian flu outbreak in neighbouring Uganda. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia probes alleged corruption in Zambia-Malawi maize deal
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Zambia has disclosed that investigations have been instituted into alleged corruption relating to the Zambia-Malawi maize deal. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD, Mauritanian authorities partner to support farmers
    12 january 2017 20:55:06
    New York, US (PANA) - A new partnership between the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mauritanian authorities is expected to boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country. Full text...

  • Italy: Food commodity prices fell for fifth straight year in 2016 - FAO
    12 january 2017 10:43:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President prods MPs to join fight against army worms
    03 january 2017 15:02:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the country tackles the destruction of maize fields by army worms, Zambian President Edgar Lungu says measures to control the outbreak are steadily yielding results, but he regrets the absence of members of Parliament in the national emergency operation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Horn of Africa braces for another hunger seasons, warns FAO
    20 december 2016 13:14:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region this year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO chief says women hold key to attaining zero-hunger
    16 december 2016 13:46:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but also a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Population growth in sub-Sahara Africa to triple cereal demand by 2050
    15 december 2016 19:02:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Although several studies have shown the global increase in food demand by 2050 can be met by increasing yields on existing cropland, a new study has found that countries south of the Sahara would be unable to meet growing cereal demand through yield increases alone. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Female researcher tops the list of African Women of the year 2016 in Agriculture
    15 december 2016 14:43:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dr. Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda, has topped the list of 2016’s African Women of the year in Agriculture, Mining and Architecture, especially for her efforts towards a food secure Africa by the famous New African Woman Magazine, according to a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ADF extends US$ 93.51m loan to support Tanzania's agriculture sector
    14 december 2016 19:31:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Supporting Tanzania’s agriculture, the Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a US$ 93.51 million loan to Tanzania for on-lending to the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB), the Abidjan-based Fund announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari urges Nigerians to "grow what we eat and consume what we make"
    14 december 2016 18:33:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to grow what they eat and consume what they make. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO data point at strong potential of forest sector in emerging bioeconomies
    14 december 2016 11:44:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: FAO urges investing in agric, science, technology to achieve 2030 ‘zero hunger’ target
    13 december 2016 21:48:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations announced on Tuesday, at a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists, that in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector must increase commitment to agricultural science and technology research. Full text...

  • Italy: Colombia President Santos to visit FAO
    13 december 2016 12:51:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Colombian President and Nobel laureate Juan Manuel Santos will visit the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome on 15 December for talks with the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. Full text...

  • Tunisia: IFAD calls for agric investment to address poverty, inequality in Near East and North Africa
    09 december 2016 14:12:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Income inequality and a rising rural-urban divide, compounded by political instability, are the most challenging issues in the Near East and North Africa, says a new report unveiled here Thursday by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity - FAO
    08 december 2016 11:50:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely affected food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a UN Food and Agriculture FAO report. Full text...

  • Italy: Food prices broadly stable amid record cereal inventories - FAO
    08 december 2016 11:23:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Food Price Index dipped slightly in November, marking a mild departure from its steady rise over the course of 2016, the organisation said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches relief support for 13.8 million drought victims in southern Africa
    07 december 2016 18:44:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the worst El Nino-induced drought in decades in southern Africa, UN humanitarian agencies and partners on Wednesday launched a revised Action Plan to outlining their response to the needs of an estimated 13.8 million people as the region enters the peak of the lean season with largely depleted food stocks due to poor and failed harvests. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for healthy soils for sustainable food production
    05 december 2016 15:48:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday stressed the importance of healthy soils, saying that "sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, sequester more carbon and increase resilience to a changing climate." Full text...

  • Italy: World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture
    05 december 2016 14:00:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on World Soil Day. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges more humanitarian support for Somalia
    02 december 2016 17:27:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq on Friday appealed for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa country facing severe drought and food shortage. Full text...

  • UN: UN says global malnutrition costs US$3.5 trillion
    01 december 2016 18:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - As the two-day International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition kicked off on Thursday in Rome, Italy, participants were told that one in three people on the planet suffers some form of malnutrition, impacting public health and economic development at an estimated cost of US$3.5 trillion per year. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO/WHO to hold symposium on sustainable food systems for healthy diets
    29 november 2016 11:43:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN food and health agencies are organising a joint International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition in Rome on 1-2 December to examine concrete actions in the UN nutrition decade. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD calls for rural youth empowerment in West, Central Africa
    24 november 2016 12:11:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Youth unemployment, insecure land tenure and weak value chains are the main obstacles in the way of ending poverty and inequality in West and Central Africa, said a new report presented Wednesday in Abidjan by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: FAO says more should be done to promote consumption of pulses
    23 november 2016 12:10:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Consumer awareness of the nutritional and dietary benefits of pulses, the edible seeds of leguminous plants and notably including lentils, chickpeas, cowpeas and many dry beans, remains inadequate and more must be done to promote their role in food systems, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO launches new statistics website on key agricultural indicators
    22 november 2016 13:14:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a new and revamped FAOSTAT web site, making the world's most comprehensive statistical database on food, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resources management and nutrition even more accessible for public use. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, Vatican condemn illegal fishing, forced labour on the high seas
    21 november 2016 13:17:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Vatican on Monday called for an intensified international push to stamp out human rights abuses in the world's fishing industry, including trafficking of people and forced labour as well as end the scourge of illegal fishing. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, WFP urge action on food insecurity in southern Madagascar
    18 november 2016 18:26:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Farmers in southern Madagascar, hit by three years of devastating drought, urgently need more support so they can plant crops in time for the December and January planting season, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, Vatican shine a spotlight on 'modern-day slavery' on the high seas
    16 november 2016 10:18:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Vatican are to shine a spotlight on "modern-day slavery" on the high seas as they host an event on this year's World Fisheries Day next Monday to examine human rights violations, including pirate fishing, child labour, and human trafficking. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO report surveys risks in livestock production
    15 november 2016 11:28:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Mounting evidence that food systems may be major conduits of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) point to the need for greater vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Rehabilitating drylands key to global food security - IFAD
    12 november 2016 10:36:20
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - A new report released by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reveals that drylands, which cover some 40 per cent of the earth’s land surface, are critical in order to buffer the negative impacts of climate change, land degradation, and drought. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria invites Russians to invest in agriculture
    11 november 2016 18:49:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government has invited Russians to take advantage of the country’s arable land to produce and export agricultural products. Full text...

  • Italy: Sugar, cereals lift FAO Food Price Index
    10 november 2016 14:00:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 172.6 points in October, up 0.7 percent for the month and 9.1 percent from a year earlier, with the staple grains' index rising for the first time in three months, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a news dispatch in Rome on Thursday. Full text...

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