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  • FAO, Telefónica to boost use of cutting-edge digital technologies to assist farmers in developing countries
    12 february 2018 11:22:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Spain’s Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, have agreed to work together to leverage the use of cutting-edge digital technologies for agricultural development, food security and nutrition, and specifically, prepare and strengthen farmers in the face of extreme weather events related to climate change. Full text...

  • Poor rains, fall armyworm leave Southern Africa vulnerable – FAO
    09 february 2018 11:22:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall, high temperatures and the presence of the voracious fall armyworm have significantly dampened Southern Africa’s current agricultural season’s cereal production prospects, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said Friday. Full text...

  • 'US$1.06 billion needed to help communities in 26 countries fight back against hunger'
    08 february 2018 11:25:59
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - With conflict and climate-related shocks sending global hunger numbers marching back up after declining for decades, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is asking for US$1.06 billion to save lives and livelihoods and address acute hunger in 26 countries. Full text...

  • FAO says global Food Price Index 'stable'
    02 february 2018 12:04:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The current marketing season (2017/18) should end with record inventory levels for wheat and maize following better-than-earlier-expected harvests, based on FAO's latest forecasts. Full text...

  • Hunger in conflict zones continues to intensify - says joint FAO-WFP report
    29 january 2018 15:33:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food insecurity in conflict-stricken countries continues to deteriorate, as humanitarian efforts to provide affected communities with food relief and livelihood support remain extremely critical, UN Agencies, FAO and the WFP have told the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Sub-drying fish, the Somalian way (An FAO feature)
    28 january 2018 05:33:04
    Bossaso, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia boasts the longest coastline of continental Africa. Yet, its fisheries industry is one of the least developed in the world; only about 1 percent of the county’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) derives from fishery. Full text...

  • AfDB, partners to launch African Leaders for Nutrition initiative
    27 january 2018 15:14:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), together with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners will launch the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative on 29 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Botswana farmers urged to adapt to looming drought
    26 january 2018 09:09:26
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has urged farmers to use drought tolerant and early maturing varieties, as the country continues to record poor rains. Full text...

  • FAO seeks $75 million for urgent livestock vaccination campaign in South Sudan
    23 january 2018 11:16:32
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $7.5 million to roll out a critically needed emergency livestock vaccination campaign in South Sudan. Full text...

  • FAO points the way for low-carbon animal products to support nutrition, rural livelihoods (FAO feature)
    22 january 2018 10:16:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The livestock sector is a mainstay for food security and rural livelihoods and the international community must work together to make sure it achieves its potential contribution to sustainable development, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • Codex Alimentarius: protecting health, facilitating trade (An FAO Feature)
    21 january 2018 07:29:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Eradicating world hunger can only be achieved if food is safe, nutritious and of good quality. Full text...

  • AfDB inspires Nigerian school children with ‘Farming is Cool’ competition
    17 january 2018 06:55:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its goal to see a generational shift in agriculture on the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has taken its ‘Farming is Cool’ initiative to school children in Nigeria. Full text...

  • FAO chief calls for end to 'triple discrimination' against indigenous women
    15 january 2018 10:00:13
    Mexico City, Mexico (PANA) - Progress in the fight against hunger and extreme poverty hinges on eliminating the "triple discrimination" faced by indigenous women, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • FAO says food prices down in December 2017 but up for the whole year
    11 january 2018 09:23:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices declined in December 2017, led by sharp decreases for vegetable oils and dairy products, according to the latest FAO Food Price Index issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • New UN agency projects to boost farming practices, improve farm animal health
    30 december 2017 04:30:16
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – People around the world, especially poor farmers in developing Asian countries, will benefit through the use of nuclear techniques in combatting diseases affecting farm animals and improve water management practices, the United Nations atomic energy agency has said. Full text...

  • AfDB grants Togo 7.47 billion CFA for agribusiness
    22 december 2017 14:35:00
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The year 2017 will end with good news for businessmen, the State and the technical services in charge of the agricultural sector in Togo. This is because almost 7.47 billion FCFA is expected to be disbursed by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) as part of the implementation of the Agribusiness Promotion Support Program (PAGPA). Full text...

  • Conflict causing spikes in food insecurity in Near East, North Africa
    21 december 2017 10:00:28
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Conflict and protracted crises in a handful of countries in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) are hamstringing efforts to eradicate hunger in the region by 2030, according to a new UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO hails UN resolutions honouring family farmers, bees, camelids, fisheries
    21 december 2017 09:48:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has welcomed the UN's decision to create a decade on family farming, a World Bee Day, a day promoting awareness of the need to combat illegal fishing, and declare international years for camelids and artisanal fisheries and aquaculture. Full text...

  • FAO launches dry season emergency support in Northeast Nigeria
    18 december 2017 14:11:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has launched its dry season emergency livelihoods programme in the three States most affected by insurgency in Northeast Nigeria, with the goal to rapidly boost food production and strengthen communities’ resilience in the face of the crisis. Full text...

  • Hunger has `considerably declined` in northeast Nigeria - FAO says
    18 december 2017 09:32:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - For the first time since the onset of the Boko Haram crisis, hunger has considerably declined in northeastern Nigeria, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Gambian farmers adapt to climate change with new irrigation strategies (An FAO Feature)
    17 december 2017 08:43:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Agriculture has a large role to play in reducing poverty in The Gambia. About 30 percent of the country’s GDP comes from agriculture. Full text...

  • IFAD boosts Madagascar food, nutritional security
    14 december 2017 14:54:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new financial agreement has been signed between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Madagascar to sustainably improve incomes and food and nutrition security in the island nation. Full text...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits US$300m for boosting farmers' resilience to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa
    12 december 2017 17:22:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday pledged US$ 300 million over the next three years (2018-2020) to support agricultural research that will help the poorest farmers better adapt to increasingly challenging growing conditions brought about by climate change Full text...

  • Gov'ts, civil society step up efforts to help mountain people
    11 december 2017 12:02:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Some 60 countries and over 200 civil society organizations on Monday pledged on International Mountain Day to strengthen mountain people and their environments’ resilience in the face of rising climate change, hunger and migration, and ensure sustainable mountain development is integrated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • FAO urges the protection of mountains from degradation
    11 december 2017 07:38:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world celebrates International Mountain Day on Monday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is urging the world to protect mountains from degradation, saying they provide energy, water and food, among other things. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index declines in November amid cereals boom
    07 december 2017 10:58:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices declined marginally in November, as lower dairy prices offset a sharp increase in sugar and vegetable oil quotations, according to the latest UN Food and Agriculture Organisaion (FAO) Food Price Index issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • Conflicts, drought spur hunger despite strong global food supply
    07 december 2017 10:52:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Strong cereal harvests are keeping global food supplies buoyant, but localised drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, according to the new edition of UN Food and Agricukture (FAO) Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Full text...

  • Japan to support efforts targeting crop-destroying Fall armyworm in South Sudan
    06 december 2017 10:29:56
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Efforts in South Sudan to fight Fall armyworm, an insect that destroys crops, have received a boost thanks to the Government of Japan’s decision to provide US$3 million to support a project run by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Full text...

  • World’s most comprehensive map showing amount of carbon stocks in the soil launched
    05 december 2017 21:55:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Marking "World Soil Day," the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday launched the most comprehensive global map to date showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil. Full text...

  • AfDB supports Namibia’s Agriculture Sector
    05 december 2017 12:53:00
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is supporting Namibia’s Agriculture Sector with the approval of One Billion South African Rands (ZAR 1 billion) loan to finance the country’s Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP). (US$1 = ZAR 13.62). Full text...

  • FAO cautions that soils being neglected as 'World Soil Day' is marked
    05 december 2017 10:30:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world marks "World Soil Day" on Tuesday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has cautioned that soils are being neglected. It adds, however, that this can be reversed. Full text...

  • More investment needed to reverse rise in hunger, says FAO boss
    04 december 2017 11:43:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The recent increase in the number of hungry people in the world requires immediate action to reverse this situation, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told members of the Council on Monday. Full text...

  • FAO says: 'It's time to put cactus on the menu'
    30 november 2017 11:19:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Cactus pear should be considered as a valuable asset, especially for food and livestock feed in dryland areas, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO launches new online tool to better safeguard animal genetic resources
    30 november 2017 10:56:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a new database that will help countries to better monitor, survey and effectively manage their animal genetic resources, allowing for early warning of the threat of extinction. Full text...

  • Ensuring family farmers' access to food key to tackling global hunger – FAO
    28 november 2017 21:37:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Family farmers need more support and access to food, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency has said, urging lawmakers to consider legislation that improves productivity and boosts social protections to tackle the global hunger challenge which, he warned, is at an “inflection point”, the UN food agency reported on Tuesday Full text...

  • Rwandan PM urges more efforts to improve post-harvest crop handling
    27 november 2017 17:40:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Monday called for increased efforts to advance agricultural transformation in the country's remote rural areas in order to ensure farmers have extra development activities through post-harvest marketing of their produce. Full text...

  • IFAD hails France support to small scale farmers in developing countries
    17 november 2017 11:44:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is in Paris to take part in a roundtable that will review results from an independent evaluation of France's partnership with IFAD, the specialised UN agency said in a news dispatch Friday. Full text...

  • Chronic undernourishment in sub-Saharan Africa increases - FAO
    16 november 2017 12:57:36
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The number of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa has increased mainly due to the impact of conflict and climate change with the situation pointing to the urgent need to build affected communities' resilience and to find peaceful solutions that strengthen food security, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU helps to set up of National Apiculture Platform in Mauritius
    16 november 2017 07:32:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The National Apiculture Platform in Mauritius will create synergies among stakeholders of the sector, and will help increase their willingness to mobilise resources collectively for the production of honey. Full text...

  • Greener livestock supply chains offer quick wins in climate battle - FAO
    14 november 2017 19:08:58
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The agricultural sectors are where efforts to end hunger and prevent planetary overheating can come together, and improving livestock supply chains is a fast way to start, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia's food trade balance shows 44% deficit over first 10 months this year
    14 november 2017 11:03:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's deficit of food trade balance increased by 44% in the first 10 months this year to US$509 million as against US$353 million for the same period last year, according to statistics provided on Monday by the Tunisian Agriculture ministry. Full text...

  • UN roots for enhanced gender equality in agriculture in Rwanda
    13 november 2017 11:30:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - UN agencies will avail financial resources and technical expertise to the Rwandan government in a move to address current gaps that still exist to mainsitream gender into agricultural policies and programmes, according to an official statement made available on Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Papal gift helps hungry families in South Sudan - FAO
    13 november 2017 10:14:59
    Yei, South Sudan (PANA) - Hungry families in South Sudan will be able to make ends meet thanks to vegetable-growing kits funded by a donation from Pope Francis, the UN food agency reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda expands solar powered irrigation scheme to assist small farmers
    11 november 2017 14:44:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan government is set to expand a new solar based plant irrigation system to benefit smallholder farmers in the eastern part of the country by the end of 2017, an official source confirmed on Saturday in Kigali. Full text...

  • FAO says world’s food import bill is rising despite large production and robust supply
    09 november 2017 12:39:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - While food commodity prices have been generally stable, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to US$1.413 trillion, a 6 percent increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record, according to FAO's latest Food Outlook report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector
    09 november 2017 06:12:01
    Geneva, Switzderland (PANA) – The United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched on Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value – to promote healthier and safer work conditions. Full text...

  • WHO recommends farmers stop using antibiotics in healthy animals
    08 november 2017 05:45:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Farmers and the food industry should stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals, the United Nations health agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan’s hunger crisis - FAO
    06 november 2017 09:34:18
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The current harvest season in South Sudan will not end the hunger crisis as conflict persists in most of the country and hyperinflation puts food out of reach for many. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index eases in October as dairy prices decline
    02 november 2017 11:36:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices dipped in October, led lower by dairy products, averaging 27 percent below its all-time high reached in early 2011. Full text...

  • Climate-smart agriculture practices help smallholders deal with threats to African agriculture
    28 october 2017 07:26:09
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, and increased frequency of extreme weather events are expected to slow progress toward boosting the productivity of crop and livestock systems and improving food security in Africa south of the Sahara, according to the 2016 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR). Full text...

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