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  • Pesticide misuse threatens farmers’ health, food in Ghana
    19 april 2012 19:11:03
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The misuse of pesticides, some of them banned, in northern Ghana is affecting the health of farmers, sometimes with fatal consequences, and contaminating crops, a new survey revealed Thursday. Full text...

  • Niger adopts new strategy for sustainable food security
    19 april 2012 15:25:34
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger will mobilize FCFA 1,000,800,000,000, during the period 2011-2015, to fund the initiative -- "3N" or "Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens" -- which was adopted after a cabinet meeting held here Thursday, according to an official source. Full text...

  • Ban calls for urgent action to address food crisis in Sahel region
    18 april 2012 08:33:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seeking an urgent global action to address a ''cascading crisis'' sweeping the Sahel region of West Africa, where 15 million people have been affected by the drought and conflict-related crisis in the area. Full text...

  • Jane Karuku appointed AGRA President
    13 april 2012 09:46:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Mr. Kofi Annan, Friday announced the appointment of a renowned African business leader from Kenya, Ms Jane Karuku, as the new president of the organization. Full text...

  • UN chief wants rising global food prices curbed
    12 april 2012 09:03:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need to curb the volatility of global food prices through the strengthening of oversight and analysis of international commodities futures markets, to discourage the speculation that leads to price fluctuations. Full text...

  • South African farmers plant 1,200ha of corn in Congo
    11 april 2012 12:22:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The 35 South African farmers working for the Congo Agriculture company established in Malolo, in the southern district of Niari, have planted corn over 1,200 hectares of land, the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Lack of funds threatens response to food crisis in Sahel region'
    11 april 2012 07:58:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials have appealed to the international community to make more resources available to assist millions of people affected by the severe food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, warning that global inaction could lead to a humanitarian disaster. Full text...

  • World food prices remain nearly unchanged in March, says FAO
    05 april 2012 19:08:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - World food prices in March remained virtually unchanged from their February levels, according to the latest Food Price Index, published here Thursday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • West Africa's livestock stakeholders meet in Accra
    03 april 2012 16:40:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A meeting of stakeholders in the veterinary services of ECOWAS Member States is underway in Accra, Ghana, to fashion out a coordinated surveillance and laboratory-based mechanism for the prevention and control of trans-boundary animal diseases as part of efforts to improve the quality of livestock in the region. Full text...

  • IFAD to open Office in Burundi
    29 march 2012 22:02:30
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze and the Burundian minister of external relations and international cooperation, Laurent Kavakure, on Thursday signed an agreement in Bujumbura for an Office of the organization to be set up in the country. Full text...

  • UN official seeks more action on drought-stricken Sahel
    29 march 2012 07:04:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Director of Operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) John Ging said the food and nutrition crisis facing countries in West Africa’s drought-prone Sahel region had continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate, despite commendable early response by governments and international aid agencies. Full text...

  • IFAD funding in Burundi since 1980 hits US$298.5 million
    27 march 2012 19:45:54
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) made available a total of US$298.5 million since 1980 for nine rural development projects and programmes in Burundi, an IFAD press statement, obtained by PANA Tuesday in Bujumbura, indicated. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt assists farmers with 13.2b FCFA
    26 march 2012 12:18:31
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Gabonese government on Monday announced it had allocated FCFA 13.2 billion in aid to farmers so they can better utilize the country’s agricultural potential, local newspaper Daily Union reported. Full text...

  • Congo to host 27th FAO conference for Africa in April
    23 march 2012 20:09:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The 27th conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for Africa will be held in Brazzaville, Congo, from 23 to 27 April, the Congolese minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Rigobert Maboundou, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Angola to provide Cape Verde with land for farming
    23 march 2012 10:48:15
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola is to provide Cape Verde with 7.500 hectares of land for farming, within the framework of their bilateral relations, the state-run Angolan Press Agency (ANGOP) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Major foot-and-mouth outbreak in Egypt threatens region - FAO
    22 march 2012 12:19:35
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Urgent action is required to control a major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and prevent its spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, which could have serious implications for food security in the region, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • IADF grants Côte d’Ivoire US$22 million to improve food security
    16 march 2012 22:02:22
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Friday granted Côte d’Ivoire US$22.5 million to help the country improve its food security and revenues of small peasants, young men and rural women, according to a statement from the Rome-based organization. Full text...

  • Ban wants potentials of small farmers unleashed
    16 march 2012 10:57:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the potentials of small farmers and food producers - majority of whom are women - should be unleashed worldwide to guarantee food security for all. Full text...

  • ECOWAS official calls for integrated information in agric sector
    15 march 2012 20:24:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday called for a reliable information system for a strong and modern agriculture for the region. Full text...

  • (Refiling) ECOWAS urged to include sugar on product priority list for common external tariff
    11 march 2012 12:16:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The four-nation ad-hoc committee on the tariff for the importation of sugar into the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region has called on the ECOWAS Commission to include sugar on the product priority list for the implementation of common regional external tariff under the ECOWAS Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP). Full text...

  • Near-record wheat production expected this year - FAO
    09 march 2012 19:02:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO has predicted that 2012 world wheat production will be the second highest on record at 690 million tonnes and announced that international food prices rose one percent in February - the second increase in two months. Full text...

  • Int'l community moves to rescue farmers, herders in drought-stricken Sahel
    09 march 2012 18:54:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several countries in the Sahel region of West Africa need urgent support to prevent full-blown food and nutrition security crisis and to protect and restore livelihoods of communities dependent on livestock and crops, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Oxfam appeals for food aid to avert catastrophe in drought-hit Sahel region
    09 march 2012 08:21:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Some 13 million people are at severe risk from a food crisis, which is set to escalate into a full-scale humanitarian emergency in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa if urgent action is not taken, international charity Oxfam has warned. Full text...

  • Gambia declares current farming season "crop failure, soaring food price"
    08 march 2012 15:19:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Declaring "a severe crop failure and soaring food prices", the Gambian government has said that this year's farming season is a failed project, PANA reports from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Near-record wheat production expected in 2012 - FAO
    08 march 2012 10:56:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Thursday forecast that 2012 world wheat production will be the second highest on record, at 690 million tonnes. Full text...

  • Nigeria to increase cocoa production to 1m tonnes
    06 march 2012 09:23:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has concluded arrangements to increase cocoa production from the current 250,000 tonnes to 1 million tonnes by 2018, according to Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adeshina. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US$63 million to support agric research in Africa
    05 march 2012 22:23:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved US$63.24 million for the implementation of a five-year project called “Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC), according to a statement from the executing agency of the project, the Ibadan-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), made available to PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Bioenergy/food security: FAO releases tools to assist rural communities
    05 march 2012 09:54:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday released guidance documents and policy making tools that governments can use to help rural communities benefit from bioenergy development and ensure that biofuel crop production does not come at the expense of food security. Full text...

  • Greenpeace protests EU overfishing in West African waters
    03 march 2012 13:57:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Activists from the international environmental organisation, Greenpeace, on Friday protested against European overfishing in Mauritanian waters. Full text...

  • UN official tasks governments on food security
    03 march 2012 07:15:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition, David Nabarro, has stressed the need for governments to prioritize food security strategies and invest in their agricultural sectors to reduce poverty, saying supporting small farmers is particularly important to prevent food crises. Full text...

  • EAC stresses improved packaging technology for Africa’s farm produce
    02 march 2012 16:49:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – There is no doubt that Africa is on the move and that the continent is rightly being viewed as a place of opportunity after decades of stagnation, East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Richard Sezibera has told an international business gathering in Milan, Italy. Full text...

  • IFAD funds farming improvement projects in Sudan
    28 february 2012 19:52:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Tuesday said a new initiative aimed at improving food security in Sudan would provide the country’s smallholder farmers with improved seeds and soil to fight the threat of drought. Full text...

  • Index launched to empower women, fight hunger
    28 february 2012 19:43:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), that has significantly measured women’s empowerment in developing countries, was launched Tuesday in Washington D.C., the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Bill Gates, FAO boss talk about hunger
    24 february 2012 12:00:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, on Thursday held discussions at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, the UN agency said in a statement obtained by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • IFAD official urges more focus on rural farmers to check poverty
    22 february 2012 19:28:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, on Wednesday stressed the need to pull 90 million people out of poverty by 2015 and help small farmers and all those in rural areas to realize their potential in eliminating hunger and promoting development. Full text...

  • UN officials call for concerted response to food crisis in Niger
    19 february 2012 12:29:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Two top UN officials visiting Niger, one of the countries hit hardest by the current food crisis across Africa's Sahel region, have called on governments and donors to respond to the crisis ''in ways that will build resilience among local communities for the future''. Full text...

  • FAO to help conflict-scattered families feed in South Sudan
    17 february 2012 10:29:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping people in the conflict-affected South Sudanese state of Jonglei feed themselves and rebuild their lives through a series of emergency and long-term actions. Full text...

  • African leaders urged to tackle food insecurity (Re-issued, correcting headline)
    17 february 2012 06:23:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African leaders have been told to take urgent steps in solving the high rate of unemployment and increase food production to take care of their growing population, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ryuichi Shoji, made the call during a visit to the Ibadan-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in south West Nigeria. Full text...

  • African leaders urges to tackle food insecurity
    16 february 2012 19:59:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African leaders have been told to take urgent steps in solving the high rate of unemployment and increase food production to take care of their growing population, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ryuichi Shoji, made the call during a visit to the Ibadan-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in south West Nigeria. Full text...

  • West African experts look into strategy to tackle food crisis in UEMOA
    15 february 2012 22:08:15
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The high-level committee on food security in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Wednesday held its first meeting in Niger’s capital, Niamey, to work out a strategy to tackle the food crisis in the region. Full text...

  • UN agencies, EU, USAID lament deteriorating food situation in Sahel
    15 february 2012 19:13:29
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Leaders of UN agencies, representatives of affected governments and major donors on Wednesday called for the scaling up of humanitarian, rehabilitation and development assistance to address rising levels of hunger and malnutrition caused by the combined effect of drought, high food prices, displacement and conflict affecting the Sahel region of West Africa. Full text...

  • UN Security Council expresses concern over malnutrition in parts of Sudan
    15 february 2012 14:38:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has expressed alarm at the rising levels of malnutrition and food shortages in parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan, saying the situation could deteriorate further if international humanitarian personnel are not given access to carry out assessments and deliver aid. Full text...

  • Niger re-evaluates cereal deficit
    08 february 2012 17:25:15
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The government of Niger re-evaluated upwards its cereal deficit from 520,000 tonnes to 692,000 tonnes, according to a survey conducted by the Coordinating Unit of the Early Alert System (CC/SAP) in collaboration with the National Statistics Institute (INS) and the technical and financial partners. Full text...

  • 'Millions of South Sudanese will face hunger in 2012 if.....'
    08 february 2012 14:30:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Millions of people in South Sudan will face hunger this year if urgent action is not taken, according to a joint report issued Wednesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • World Future Council, partners to honour influential policies on oceans, coasts
    07 february 2012 11:32:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Future Council (WFC), which brings the interests of future generations on environment to the fore, announced Tuesday that it would present its "Future Policy Award 2012" to the world’s most inspiring, innovative and influential policies on the protection of oceans and coasts. Full text...

  • 'Food crisis worsening in Sahel region'
    03 february 2012 19:06:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Thousands of people along the border between Niger and Burkina Faso are being forced to leave their homes in search of food as a result of the deepening food crisis in the Sahel region of Africa, international charity Christian Aid reported Friday. Full text...

  • WFP launches online campaign to fight global hunger
    01 february 2012 19:11:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday launched a Full text...

  • WFP scales up food assistance for 80,000 people in South Sudan
    01 february 2012 14:08:51
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  • WMO launches information system to boost food security
    31 january 2012 22:03:05
    New York, US (PANA) -The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday launched an information system to improve and expand the exchange of weather, climate and water data, which can be used for disaster risk reduction, water management, food security and health purposes. Full text...

  • Tea production in Burundi rising
    31 january 2012 15:33:44
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Tea production in Burundi rose from 8,025 tonnes in 2010 to 8,816 tonnes in 2011, an increase of about 10%, according to a statement from the Tea Board of Burundi (OTB) . Full text...

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