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  • Poorer countries set to be 'increasingly dependent' on food imports, says FAO report
    04 july 2018 06:37:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poorer countries with rising populations and scarce natural resources are likely to be “increasingly dependent” on imports to feed their people, according to an annual report jointly compiled by the United Nations food agency, launched on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Food safety critical to development and ending poverty: FAO deputy chief
    03 july 2018 06:54:29
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Ensuring that people everywhere can trust the safety and quality of the food they eat is the focus of a UN meeting taking place this week in Rome. Full text...

  • Ghana bans tilapia, ornamental fish import over virus scare
    28 june 2018 09:36:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The government of Ghana has slapped a six-month ban on the import of all ornamental fishes and tilapia species (live and dead) with effect from 1 July. Full text...

  • New UN-supported farming app is cream of crop in tackling Fall Armyworm
    25 june 2018 19:54:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have a new digital weapon in their agricultural armoury to take on the Fall Armyworm – a crop pest that’s threatening the food security of 300 million people – the United Nations said on Monday. Full text...

  • How partnerships are the way forward in tackling global challenges (Feature by FAO)
    24 june 2018 04:34:47
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - We can’t really talk about the planet’s most pressing environmental problems without talking about food systems. And by food systems, we also mean the agriculture that it takes to support them: farming, fisheries, forestry and the value chains that provide food and fiber for our daily lives. Full text...

  • FAO helps Kenyan farmers rescue harvest from Fall Armyworm (Feature by FAO)
    23 june 2018 06:26:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - ‘With a good harvest, we have enough maize for ourselves, and then some to sell. But right now we have to buy the maize to feed the family,' says Agnes Waithira Muli, a smallholder farmer in Embu county in central Kenya. She and her husband lost most of their last crop due to Fall Armyworm (FAW), a potentially devastating insect pest that has spread across much of Africa. Full text...

  • Rockefeller Foundation, FAO supporting Africa to halve food loss
    21 june 2018 12:01:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food that ‘disappears' from the food chain after harvest owing to spoilage could feed an estimated 48 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and a project by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the African Union and The Rockefeller Foundation aims to help countries drastically reduce these post-harvest losses by 2030 through strengthening policies and strategies. Full text...

  • FAO, UNHCR launch new tool to save forests in displacement-affected areas
    20 june 2018 11:52:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday launched a new handbook to help restore forests in displacement-affected areas, where heavy reliance on woodfuel puts forests and woodlands in jeopardy. Full text...

  • Niger President Issoufou says 'development is the only way to stop migration'
    20 june 2018 08:48:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Development is the only way to stop migration, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger said on Tuesday at a meeting with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • Pollutants from agriculture a serious threat to world's water - FAO
    20 june 2018 08:37:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policymakers and farmers alike, cautions a new report. Full text...

  • Rwanda warns of Rift Valley Fever outbreak amid heavy rainfall
    19 june 2018 15:55:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities on Tuesday issued an alert following the outbreak of the deadly Rift Valley Fever in several parts of Eastern Rwanda, warning the population against feeding on dead cattle and row milk. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US$ 15m equity investment to boost agri-business in Africa
    14 june 2018 13:43:34
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB) Board has approved a US$15 million equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agri-business SMEs and enhance food security in Africa Full text...

  • Belgium gives FAO 2 million euros to help farmers in Africa, Gaza
    14 june 2018 06:54:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it is further developing a monitoring, early-warning and risk-mapping system to help farmers manage an invasive species (Fall Armyworm) in Africa, and roll out solar energy projects for farmers in Gaza, as part of innovative projects awarded funding by the Government of Belgium. Full text...

  • FAO, partner launch programme to boost soil productivity in Africa
    13 june 2018 19:21:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership on Wednesday launched a new programme to boost soil productivity and reduce soil degradation for greater food and nutrition security in Africa. Full text...

  • IFAD grant to help boost rural enterprise in Mozambique
    13 june 2018 11:44:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mozambique have signed financial agreement that is expected to help more than 287,700 rural people engaged in agriculture, fisheries and small and medium-sized enterprises. Full text...

  • FAO says child labour in agriculture is on the rise, driven by conflict and disasters
    12 june 2018 09:39:23
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - After years of steady decline, child labour in agriculture has started to rise again in recent years driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing affects all of us (Feature by FAO)
    10 june 2018 07:06:58
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - With the health of our oceans at stake, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has quickly become a monumental problem. Full text...

  • AfDB approves new Country Strategy Paper 2018-2022 for São Tomé and Príncipe
    08 june 2018 13:14:55
    São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a new Country Strategy Paper 2018-2022 for São Tomé and Príncipe, defining the bank's new collaboration with the island nation. Full text...

  • FAO lists actions to transforming food and agriculture
    08 june 2018 05:55:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling the world's greatest challenges. Full text...

  • Cereal stocks remain ample, worldwide cereal output forecasts raised - FAO
    07 june 2018 10:19:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global agricultural food commodity prices rose in May, with dairy prices jumping significantly. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.2 points during the month, up 1.2 percent from April, the UN food agency reported. Full text...

  • Conflicts, weather expand list of countries needing food aid - FAO
    07 june 2018 10:11:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food supply conditions remain broadly ample, but conflicts continue to acutely aggravate and prolong severe food insecurity, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN food agencies commit to deeper collaboration to achieve zero hunger
    06 june 2018 11:43:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The three United Nations agencies tasked with ending hunger and boosting rural development have committed to strengthening their collaboration to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on achieving Goal 2 Zero Hunger. Full text...

  • 'Knowledge-sharing, partnerships key to eradicating poverty, hunger by 2030'
    06 june 2018 05:01:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A high-level delegation of the Government of China, representatives from Italy, several African countries and United Nations officials, participated on Tuesday in a workshop aimed at boosting the sharing of knowledge and building partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 Full text...

  • FAO Chief says peace is fundamental in bringing down number of hungry people
    05 june 2018 04:45:01
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in an opening address on Monday to the organization's executive, the Council, has stressed the role of wars and conflict as drivers of global hunger, while lamenting an increase in military spending. Full text...

  • Local food varieties can support nutrition and food security (Feature by FAO)
    03 june 2018 04:10:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The population of Pohnpei, one of the islands in Micronesia, a country situated in the western Pacific Ocean, for example, has access to a wide diversity of local foods (55 types of bananas, 133 of breadfruit, 171 of yam cultivars, and nearly 1,200 species of edible fish). Full text...

  • FAO touts cooperatives in growth of Africa's agriculture
    01 june 2018 11:30:46
    Utrecht, The Netherlands (PANA) - Africa boasts huge potential for social and economic development, with agribusiness poised to play a major role. However, without policies and partnerships that enable smallholder farmers - including subsistence farmers and pastoralists - to participate in and benefit from the growth, that opportunity will turn into risk, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Friday. Full text...

  • Sweden supports drought-stricken farmers and herders in the Sahel
    31 may 2018 09:59:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Sweden, through the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will support drought-stricken farmers and herders in the Sahel, with a focus on Burkina Faso and Mali. Full text...

  • International partnership to address human-animal-environment health risks gets boost
    30 may 2018 19:20:34
    Divvonne-les-Bains, France (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have agreed to step up joint action to combat health threats associated with interactions between humans, animals and the environment. Full text...

  • FAO chief warns against use of antimicrobial medicines to promote growth in farm animals
    30 may 2018 11:55:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Wednesday that antimicrobials are important to safeguard the health of humans and animals, but these medicines need to be used responsibly, including in the agricultural sectors. Full text...

  • 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...

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