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  • FAO Food Price Index falls again
    05 july 2012 10:17:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index fell for the third consecutive month in June 2012, dipping 1.8 percent from May to its lowest level since September 2010, an FAO statement obtained by PANA Thursday said. Full text...

  • UN strengthens regulations on melamine, seafood, melons, dried figs and labelling
    05 july 2012 09:49:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN food standards body has agreed on new regulations -- including the maximum level of melamine in liquid milk formula for babies -- to protect the health of consumers across the world. Full text...

  • FAO seeks to harmonize measurement of livestock’s environmental impacts
    04 july 2012 17:29:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new FAO-led partnership is looking to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed, a necessary first step in improving the sustainability of this important food production sector. Full text...

  • Gambian Red Cross votes 14m Dalasis to feed hungry citizens
    04 july 2012 15:05:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian Red Cross Society (GRCS) has launched "a food provision support", worth over 14 million Dalasis (about US$ 470,000), to feed hungry Gambians living in the rural North Bank and Lower River regions. Full text...

  • UN Task Force on Global Food Security to focus on `Zero Hunger Challenge'
    28 june 2012 07:49:50
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Task Force on Global Food Security will be reoriented to focus on a new initiative, as part of its efforts to ensure a coherent UN system approach to the issue of food and nutrition security. Full text...

  • FAO, OIE move to control foot-and-mouth disease
    27 june 2012 14:55:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are joining forces to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a global scale, laying out a detailed strategy Wednesday to bring the devastating livestock disease under control. Full text...

  • Locusts threaten Mali's 2012 agricultural campain
    26 june 2012 16:45:38
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Locusts are threatening Mali's agricultural campaign with swarms of young locusts being spotted at Aguel Hoc in the Kidal region, northern Mali, Moussa Léo Sidibé, Malian Minister of Agriculture has told the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Livestock epidemic causing havoc in DRC, says FAO
    26 june 2012 15:15:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is mobilizing emergency support for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to counter the rapid spread of peste des petits ruminants, a virulent livestock disease of goats and sheep. Full text...

  • Sahel region under threat of desert locusts
    25 june 2012 22:29:01
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Sahel region faces a threat of locusts following rains recorded on some countries in the region, a bulletin issued by the Niger-based Regional Center for Hydrology and Agrometeorology (AGRHYMET) has indicated. Full text...

  • Grain production in West Africa falls again
    24 june 2012 11:38:55
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Experts meeting in Benin's economic capital, Cotonou, on food crisis in West Africa and economic policy instruments have expressed concern about the decline in cereal production in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Rio+20: UN chief tasks nations on `zero hunger'
    23 june 2012 09:23:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ which invites all countries to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient. Full text...

  • EC gives out 5m euros to help farmers maintain crop diversity
    22 june 2012 14:02:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The European Commission (EC) is contributing more than 5 million euros (US$6.5 million) towards the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announced. Full text...

  • FAO Chief welcomes Ban's 'Zero Hunger Challenge' commitment
    22 june 2012 13:57:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Director General of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva Friday welcomed the “Zero Hunger Challenge” announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Full text...

  • Expert harps on good soil fertility to improve Africa’s agriculture
    20 june 2012 22:04:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Director-General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, south-west Nigeria, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, has said the push for a Green Revolution in Africa's agricultural production will remain a mirage if proper attention is not paid to managing soil fertility. Full text...

  • FAO announces US$3m project to improve food security in Egypt
    18 june 2012 12:47:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Monday announced a US$3 million project aimed at improving food security and nutrition of women and young people in Egypt. Full text...

  • West Africa faces food insecurity, malnutrition - FAO
    13 june 2012 15:04:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - West Africa continues to face "increasing food insecurity and malnutrition in several countries," due to a sharp drop in cereal and pasture production in 2011, combined with high local food prices and civil strife, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO, partners rally support for SAVE FOOD initiative
    13 june 2012 12:52:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and key partners have called on companies and organizations worldwide to join in the SAVE FOOD initiative, a global effort designed to cut down on food losses and waste. Full text...

  • FAO urges countries to step up fight against child labour in agriculture
    11 june 2012 19:42:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The internationally agreed target of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016 will be missed if countries don't step up their efforts to combat child labour in agriculture, the UN food and agriculture agency (FAO) warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe nets US$95 million from tobacco exports
    09 june 2012 12:53:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe earned US$95 million from tobacco exports in the first half of the year, an industry representative group said on Saturday. Full text...

  • WFP provides life-saving food assistance to citizens fleeing conflict in eastern DRC
    08 june 2012 15:43:06
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this week provided a monthly food ration to abut 20,000 newly displaced people and host families in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), amid concerns about the effect of violence on the civilian population in the eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Ministers launch int'l appeal against aggravating food crisis in West Africa
    06 june 2012 18:12:16
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Ministers in charge of agriculture, regional integration and trade in West Africa have launched an urgent appeal to the international community to help mobilize financial resources in support of regional initiatives to mitigate the worsening food and nutritional crises in the region. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts workshop on 'transboundary' animal diseases
    05 june 2012 17:27:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambia is playing host to a five-day regional workshop on prevention and control of major ''transboundary animal diseases'' with participants from five countries attending, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO warns Niger, Mali against desert locust risk
    05 june 2012 09:57:38
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned Niger and Mali that their croplands are at imminent risk from Desert Locust swarms that are moving southward from Algeria and Libya. Full text...

  • WB gives US$ 6 million towards Gambia's crop failure recovery
    04 june 2012 17:28:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The World Bank has given a US$ 6 million grant to The Gambia towards tackling the West African nation's problems resulting from ''crop failure,'' and reform programme, PANA confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Experts brainstorm on food security in West Africa
    04 june 2012 14:57:00
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Kossi Messan Ewovor, has called on all stakeholders to put in place the necessary mechanism for strengthening food security through resource mobilization and support for agricultural investment programmes in West Africa. Full text...

  • FARA commends G8 for new alliance to boost Africa’s food, nutrition security
    31 may 2012 16:08:24
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has welcomed the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition launched by the World's largest economies, called the G8. Full text...

  • AfDB launches Initiative to Invest in agribusiness in Africa
    30 may 2012 20:15:06
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday launched a Fund of Funds focused on agribusiness investments in Africa. Full text...

  • SOMDIAA invests 320 million euros in Africa's sugar sector
    30 may 2012 15:48:09
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Under its 2012-2017 development plan for Africa, the French agriculture and food industries company, SOMDIAA, is to invest over 300 million euros or 210 billion CFA Franc in the continent's sugar industry, according to a press statement released here Tuesday by the company. Full text...

  • World Bank approves US$120m for agriculture in Ghana and Senegal
    27 may 2012 08:05:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The World Bank has approved US$120 million for agriculture in Ghana and Senegal. Full text...

  • UN gives Senegal US$ 7 million to combat food insecurity
    25 may 2012 11:46:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The UN system has mobilized Senegal with US$ 7 million in support of the west African nation's fight against food insecurity, Valerie Amos, the UN Deputy Secretary for humanitarian affairs, announced Thursday in Dakar. Full text...

  • IFAD addresses drought in Kenya's coastal region
    24 may 2012 18:21:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a loan of US$ 33 million to Kenya to finance poverty eradication and drought in rural Kenya, the foreign ministry said Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO goodwill ambassador on urgent need to prevent hunger in the Sahel
    24 may 2012 13:06:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - On a visit to drought-stricken Chad, Spanish football star Raúl González has added his voice to urgent calls for funding to prevent a full-blown food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, where over 17 million people are at risk of hunger and more than 1 million children under five face acute malnutrition. Full text...

  • AGRA to help implement new G8 Global Partnership Initiative on Food Security
    23 may 2012 13:52:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has been given a key role in the G8’s next phase of a shared commitment to achieve global food security, the Alliance said in a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • AGRA to help implement new G8 Global partnership initiative on food security
    22 may 2012 14:29:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has been given a key role in the G8’s next phase of shared commitment to achieve global food security, according to a statement from the Alliance which was received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Mills says G-8 sincere in pledge to improve Africa food, nutrition security
    21 may 2012 16:16:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s president John Evans Atta Mills returned home Monday from a meeting with the G-8 countries in the US, armed with a US$600 million pledge to improve food and nutrition in the country. Full text...

  • US donates US$30 million for relief operation in South Sudan
    21 may 2012 14:20:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Government has announced a cash donation of US$30 million towards the emergency relief operation of the World Food Programme (WFP) to assist conflict-affected and food-insecure people in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Workshop to focus on women's role in food sovereignty in West Africa
    21 may 2012 13:54:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A four-day workshop to examine women’s role in the search for food sovereignty in West Africa through their involvement in the ECOWAS Regional Agriculture Investment Plan will begin Tuesday in Accra, Ghana, an ECOWAS Commission statement said. Full text...

  • FAO, Libya announce joint initiative to boost food security
    18 may 2012 22:26:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Libya on Friday signed an agreement to collaborate in a joint programme that seeks to increase food production while protecting the country’s natural resources. Full text...

  • Obama, Kaberuka, others launch New Alliance for Food Security, Nutrition
    18 may 2012 19:26:38
    Washington, US (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, Friday joined US President Barack Obama, several African heads of state and leaders from the public and private sectors in Washington for the launch of a new initiative that aims to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. Full text...

  • Libya, FAO renew commitment to agric development, food security
    18 may 2012 09:51:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Libya and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have committed themselves to working together to develop the country’s agricultural sector and improving food security. Full text...

  • Senegalese singer urges the world to act on Sahel food crisis
    16 may 2012 20:09:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “Nobody should die from hunger in the 21st century,” Senegalese singer Baaba Maal said on Wednesday as he assumed the role of Global Ambassador for international charity Oxfam, amidst a food crisis that threatens 18 million people in the Sahel region of west and central Africa. Full text...

  • WFP food vouchers help hungry families in Somalia
    16 may 2012 09:59:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thousands of people in Somaliland are getting more fresh meat in their diet due to an innovative World Food Programme (WFP) initiative that provides parents with vouchers to help them afford nutritious food from local traders, a WFP statement made available to PANA here Wednesday said. Full text...

  • UN report advises sub-Saharan Africa on how to eliminate hunger
    16 may 2012 08:45:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN has called for new approaches to empower local communities to ensure food security in Africa. Full text...

  • Food security, climate change to be discussed at FAO Regional Conference
    11 may 2012 13:10:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Top government officials from the Near East and North Africa will meet at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, 14-18 May Regional Conference for the Near East. Full text...

  • Countries adopt global guidelines on land tenure
    11 may 2012 10:11:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a landmark decision, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) ON Friday endorsed a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries. Full text...

  • World Food Security committee set to endorse guidelines on land tenure
    10 may 2012 09:50:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A special session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will convene in Rome, Italy, Friday to consider endorsing a set of voluntary global guidelines on responsible governance of land tenure and access rights to land, fisheries and forest resources. Full text...

  • Two agriculture institutes collaborate to tackle hunger
    07 may 2012 21:46:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, south west Nigeria, and the Kenyan-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), have agreed to collaborate in tackling the challenge of hunger in the continent, according to a statement from IITA made available to PANA in Lagos on Monday. Full text...

  • WFP, UNHCR chiefs visit Niger 4–7 May
    04 may 2012 14:29:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, were due in Niamey, capital of the drought-hit Niger, Friday for a four-day visit, the two UN agencies said in a joint press statement, obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • CAADP participants identify key challenges, priorities
    04 may 2012 13:55:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Participants at the ongoing 8th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s Partnership Platform Meeting (CAADP PP) in Nairobi have identified some key challenges that may impede the full implementation of the CAADP agenda. Full text...

  • 'More African countries increase budgetary allocation to agriculture'
    03 may 2012 21:36:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More African countries have increased their investments in agriculture to 10 per cent of their national budgets in line with the promise made during the African Union Summit in Maputo in 2003, according to Estherine Fotabong, Director of Programme Implementation and Coordination of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

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