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  • Promoting biodiversity across all agricultural sectors ‘fundamental’ — FAO chief
    30 may 2018 07:09:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Changing how countries across the world produce food is “fundamental” to protecting the future of the Earth’s ecosystem, said the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday. Full text...

  • IFAD VP, Kenya Deputy President discuss rural development investments
    29 may 2018 13:42:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has concluded a five-day visit to Kenya where she met with Deputy President William Ruto and other high-ranking government officials. Full text...

  • FAO hosts debate on policies to tackle rural population dynamics Mediterranean region
    29 may 2018 10:37:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Countries around the Mediterranean region "should aim towards a forward-looking dialogue" geared to food security and more inclusive rural development to better govern migration dynamics, Maria Helena Semedo, the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Deputy Director General, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO chief stresses need to protect agriculture, local food systems in conflict areas
    25 may 2018 06:25:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A United Nations Security Council Resolution on hunger and conflict on Thursday won praise from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva for underscoring the critical role of safeguarding food production and rural livelihoods even under conditions of extreme violence and instability. Full text...

  • FAPA Donors, AFAP sign deal in support of local supply, utilization of fertilizer in Africa
    24 may 2018 13:12:56
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - On the sidelines of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea, the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) donors and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) have signed a grant agreement in support of local supply and utilization of fertilizer by smallholder farmers in Africa. Full text...

  • Innovative technologies need to reach African farmers for agricultural transformation to happen
    22 may 2018 12:57:30
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - For Africa to witness true agricultural transformation, technologies need to reach farmers to enhance productivity. Full text...

  • IFAD says its support to Angola has helped small farmers
    22 may 2018 11:02:55
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says development projects it has supported in Angola have contributed to improve the productivity and production of main staple crops, which enabled households participating in the projects to move beyond subsistence farming. Full text...

  • Mauritius to introduce Use of Pesticides Bill
    21 may 2018 11:31:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Agroindustry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun will on Tuesday introduce the Use of Pesticides Bill in Parliament in a bid to regulate, control and monitor the use of pesticides in the island. Full text...

  • Keeping animals alive and healthy in South Sudan to hold hunger at bay (A feature by FAO)
    21 may 2018 10:14:47
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is embarking on its biggest ever livestock vaccination campaign in South Sudan, aiming to protect over 9 million animals this year to combat increasingly frequent outbreaks of diseases. Full text...

  • 'Bees must be protected for the future of our food' - FAO
    19 may 2018 16:48:44
    Ljubljana, Slovenia (PANA) - On the eve of the first World Bee Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged countries and individuals to do more to protect bees and other pollinators or risk a sharp drop in food diversity. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US$ 100 million for Nigerian company to double fertilizer production
    18 may 2018 13:15:02
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$100 million loan for Nigerian firm, Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd., to support the company’s plans to double its fertilizer production from 1.4 million tons of urea to 2.8 million tons per annum. Full text...

  • Family farming key to better diets in Guinea - IFAD
    14 may 2018 11:51:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Guinea on Monday signed a new financial agreement which will help more than 65,000 rural households raise their incomes. Full text...

  • FAO launches new guidelines to sustain forest benefits for future generations
    10 may 2018 22:17:32
    New York, US (PANA) - New guidelines designed to give poor and isolated communities more of a say in how tropical forests are used and preserved around the world were published on Thursday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • AfDB moves to accelerate Agri-Business Development in Ethiopia
    09 may 2018 13:26:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed two grant agreements to finance agri-business development projects in Ethiopia through the Agriculture Fast Track Fund. Full text...

  • FAO chief says global food trade should work for nutrition
    08 may 2018 20:47:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global trade in food is essential for all countries, but the world's trade and regulation rulebook needs to be rebooted with an eye to bolstering trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Soil protection and conservation starts with us' (A feature by FAO)
    06 may 2018 04:08:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. Soils affect the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, our health and the health of all organisms on the planet. Without healthy soils we wouldn’t be able to grow our food. In fact, it is estimated that 95 percent of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils. Full text...

  • Stopping Avian Influenza in Togo (A feature by FAO)
    06 may 2018 03:55:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Imagine an outbreak of a disease that wipes out your livestock and livelihood in a matter of days, and there is no laboratory in the country that can quickly detect what the disease is. In this scenario, there is no chance for a quick response. Full text...

  • Food prices hold steady in April - FAO
    03 may 2018 09:48:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index remained broadly steady in April, averaging 173.5 points for the month, a tiny notch up from March and 2.7 percent higher than in the same month of 2017. Full text...

  • FAO report sounds alarm on soil pollution
    02 may 2018 13:54:53
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health, but far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat, warns a new UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report released on Wednesday at the start of a global symposium. Full text...

  • Origin labelling of food a boost for local economies and sustainable development (A feature by FAO)
    29 april 2018 04:41:02
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  • Exploit demand for gum arabic, UNCTAD urges Africa
    26 april 2018 10:32:19
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Gum arabic is not only an exotic commodity but also has the power to drive development in the African nations that produce it, some of them the poorest nations in the world, the United Nations trade and development agency, UNCTAD, said in press statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • A bio-based, reuse economy can feed the world and save the planet – FAO
    21 april 2018 14:44:04
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction as it becomes clear that an economy based on cultivation and use of biomass can help tackle pollution and climate change, the United Nations agriculture agency has said. Full text...

  • Japan gives Mali 1 billion CFAF for food security
    19 april 2018 13:25:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Japanese government, through the World Food Programme (WFP), has given Mali a financial aid of US$ 2 million (about 1.046 billion CFAF), to enable the African country to take food assistance to about 25,000 food-insecure people in the country, the Malian food security commission told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO designates new unique agricultural heritage sites
    19 april 2018 09:42:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Thirteen new landscapes were formally celebrated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in Rome on Thursday, paying tribute to the ingenious ways that human needs and nature's resources have been combined to create mutually sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems. Full text...

  • Global body adopts new measures to stop the spread of plant pests
    18 april 2018 11:50:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The body charged with keeping global trade in plants and plant products safe has adopted several new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally. Full text...

  • FAO calls for increased labour safety for dangerous agricultural, forestry jobs
    17 april 2018 09:46:34
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged governments and the private sector to improve labour safety in agriculture and forestry, sectors whose back-breaking jobs are among the most dangerous. Full text...

  • FAO supports Rwanda fisherwomen to support their families (A feature by FAO)
    14 april 2018 06:57:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - “Women” and “fishing” are two words that would not have been used together in the same sentence a few years ago in Rwanda. It has been a long-held belief in Rwanda that fishing is not for women – it is a man’s occupation. Full text...

  • Rwanda fires senior civil servants for mismanagement of funds
    13 april 2018 20:38:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister (PM), Edouard Ngirente, has ordered the "disengagement" of several senior civil servants for alleged mismanagement of public funds in the East African country, according to an official statement on Friday. Full text...

  • FAO offers advice on management of solar-powered irrigation systems
    12 april 2018 11:38:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Solar powered irrigation systems are now an affordable and climate-friendly technology for both large and small-scale farmers in developing countries. Full text...

  • FAO promotes aquaponics (A feature by FAO)
    09 april 2018 11:30:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Aquaponics has become all the trend. The combination of aquaculture, the practice of fish farming, and hydroponics, the cultivation of plants in water without soil, aquaponics is one example of recirculating systems generally called Integrated Aquaculture Agriculture (IAA). Full text...

  • Family farmers must remain central to agroecology scale-up - FAO
    06 april 2018 09:29:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Family farmers must remain central to bringing agroecology to scale, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has stressed in his closing remarks to the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium in Rome on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritania, IFAD co-host regional forum on food security, poverty reduction in West Africa
    05 april 2018 18:51:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will co-host a four-day forum for policymakers, development practitioners, rural producers and farmers organizations to find ways to strengthen food security and poverty reduction at country and regional levels in West and Central Africa. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index rises for the second consecutive month
    05 april 2018 09:59:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index rose in March, driven by robust increases in grains and dairy prices. Full text...

  • IFAD chief visits Angola focusing on food security, rural communities
    03 april 2018 17:53:12
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) –International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Gilbert F. Houngbo is due here on Wednesday for a three-day official visit during which he will meet Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço and other government officials to discuss investing in rural communities to improve food security and provide employment opportunities for rural youth. Full text...

  • FAO espouses agroecology for sustainable food systems (A FAO feature)
    02 april 2018 09:35:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - More with less. This is the challenge and the mantra for our future. There will be many more of us in the years to come. We will go from a population of 7.6 billion today to 9.8 billion in 2050; yet with our current rate of usage, there will be less fresh water, less arable soil, less available land for agriculture or clean, fruitful seas for fisheries. This is calling into question how we are doing things now and pushing us to find solutions for the future. Full text...

  • Agriculture remains key to Somalia’s economic growth, poverty reduction - Report
    28 march 2018 16:35:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released on Wednesday a new joint report titled, ‘Rebuilding Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Somalia’, outlining the challenges and opportunities for Somalia’s agriculture sector. Full text...

  • FAO to host Second International Agroecology Symposium
    27 march 2018 10:45:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology in Rome from 3-5 April, the UN food agency said in a statement on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AfDB launches 12 new projects to support agribusiness SMEs in six countries
    24 march 2018 07:45:00
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will launch 12 new projects, funded by the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT), on 27-29 March 2018, to support agribusiness SMEs in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique and Nigeria, the bank's media channel reported from here on Friday. Full text...

  • UN food agency warns acute hunger intensifies
    22 march 2018 11:46:37
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new report out on Thursday sounds the alarm regarding surging levels of acute hunger. Some 124 million people in 51 countries were affected by acute food insecurity during 2017 — 11 million more people than the year before — according to the latest edition of the Global Report on Food Crises. Full text...

  • Massive livestock losses severely impact livelihoods, food in Somalia
    21 march 2018 16:27:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In Somalia massive livestock deaths due to drought - 60 per cent of herds in some areas - have severely damaged pastoralists' livelihoods. Full text...

  • Anti-globalism threatens progress in hunger, poverty reduction - Report
    20 march 2018 19:17:04
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) – Strong policies and global leadership are required to counter anti-globalism currently threatening improved food security and nutrition, according to the 2018 Global Food Policy Report released on Tuesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • Disasters cost billions in agricultural losses, poor farmers bear brunt – UN report
    15 march 2018 20:03:49
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A crowded field of threats that includes drought, floods, animal disease outbreaks and chemical spills are among the disasters costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, according to a new report from the United Nations agriculture agency. Full text...

  • FAO launches mobile application to support fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa
    14 march 2018 10:34:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a mobile application to enable farmers, agricultural workers and other partners at the frontline of the fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa to identify, report the level of infestation, and map the spread of this destructive insect, as well as to describe its natural enemies and the measures that are most effective in managing it. Full text...

  • USAID, FAO working together to pre-empt the next global pandemic
    09 march 2018 10:51:24
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Full text...

  • Conflicts, weather patterns strain food security - FAO
    05 march 2018 16:16:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - High levels of food insecurity persist in the world, due largely to conflicts and to adverse climatic shocks that are taking a toll, particularly in East African and Near East countries, where large numbers of people continue to be in need of humanitarian assistance, a new Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report notes. Full text...

  • FAO says dairy, cereals push food prices up in February
    01 march 2018 10:10:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Rising world prices for staple grains and dairy products more than offset lower prices for vegetable oils, leading global food commodity prices up in February, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • African Green Revolution project targets 1.2 million farmers in West Africa
    27 february 2018 16:19:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 1.2 million small-scale farmers in Burkina Faso and Ghana, are set to benefit from a new partnership between Germany and the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to combat hunger, the Nairobi-based alliance announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Dry weather, high temperatures likely to reduce harvests in Southern Africa - FAO warns
    27 february 2018 10:54:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poor rains and hot temperatures triggered water stress and adversely affected crop development in several areas of Southern Africa, FAO said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Explore opportunities along the food chain - FAO chief
    22 february 2018 10:33:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Agriculture will continue to generate employment in Africa over the coming decades, but opportunities should be explored beyond agriculture throughout the food chain in order to create enough jobs for young people, especially those in rural areas, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO stresses collaborative partnership to halt deforestation
    21 february 2018 13:42:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Highlighting the challenge to meet the demands of a growing and more urbanized population, changing the way we manage lands, food production and forests is key to guaranteeing food security, says UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo. Full text...

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