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  • Kenyan minister lobbies savings firms to rescue drought victims
    27 july 2011 16:12:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Co-operative Development Minister Joseph Nyagah, on Wednesday called on the co-operative movement in Africa, governments in the continent and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) to assist victims of severe drought in the East African region. Full text...

  • Nigeria donates 5,000 metric tonnes of sorghum to Chad
    26 july 2011 15:34:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Government, citing the acute food shortage experienced last year due to inadequate rainfall in Chad, has donated a total of 5,000 metric tonnes of sorghum to the Republic of Chad. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for long-term food security in Horn of Africa
    25 july 2011 18:47:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Monday said emergency Full text...

  • Researchers target high yields from Nigeria’s major staples
    23 july 2011 12:51:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is funding a project that will enable scientists at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA) and other national partners to double yields of Nigeria’s major staples, according to a statement from the Ibadan-based institute. Full text...

  • BOAD moves to establish crop insurance in West Africa
    22 july 2011 15:00:46
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Determined to accelerate agricultural growth and eradicate poverty in West Africa, the West African Development Bank (BOAD) has commissioned a feasibility study for the establishment of a mechanism for crop insurance in the area. Full text...

  • 3 EU nations contribute to FAO fund for livestock development in developing countries
    21 july 2011 16:22:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Germany, Norway and Switzerland have contributed a first donation of US$ 1 million to a new, FAO-managed fund designed to help developing countries conserve and sustainably use their livestock breeds. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns US$344m from tobacco
    21 july 2011 12:40:15
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean tobacco merchants said Thursday the country had netted US$344 million in export earnings for the crop since February when auctions began. Full text...

  • French Socialist Party denounces 'indifference' to Horn of Africa famine
    20 july 2011 22:19:21
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French socialist party (PS) has strongly denounced "the indifference of the international community" towards the famine that has hit countries in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • UN declares famine in two South Somali regions
    20 july 2011 15:22:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Wednesday declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia following the worst drought in decades, and appealed for urgent resources to assist millions of people in desperate need of help. Full text...

  • Drought: WFP says 11.3 million people in Horn of Africa needs relief
    20 july 2011 14:48:54
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday said 11.3 million people are in need of food assistance due to drought in the Horn of Africa, and declared the situation as ``a humanitarian priority''. Full text...

  • Mali receives over FCFA 3b from partners for management of ecosystems
    19 july 2011 13:27:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UNDP, technical partners and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) have granted Mali over FCFA 3 billion to manage ecosystems in Faguibine, a chain of lakes located in the Northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria's apex bank gives out US$ 891 million loans to farmers
    16 july 2011 12:20:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said Saturday that it had given out loans totalling 133.65 billion naira (about US$ 891 million) from the 200 billion naira (US$ 1.3 billion) Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS) earmarked for farmers across the country, according local media reports which quoted CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks South Africa on food economy
    15 july 2011 22:44:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, on Friday called on South Africa to build a food economy that is inclusive and benefits all segments of the population, especially the millions who are poor and food insecure. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to export fish to the US
    14 july 2011 21:57:39
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The Government of Cape Verde has concluded agreements with American businessmen in the fisheries sector that would make it possible, in the short term, to export fresh and frozen fish to the United States. Full text...

  • 'Reforming forest tenure systems can improve peoples' livelihoods'
    13 july 2011 10:47:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A newly-published report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said reforming forest tenure systems and securing forest ownership rights can significantly improve peoples' livelihoods and enable them to gain income from forest products. Full text...

  • France concerned about deteriorating food situation in Somalia
    12 july 2011 20:12:19
    Paris, France (PANA) – France is concerned about the deteriorating food situation in Somalia following a drought after poor rains, the spokesman of the French ministry of foreign affairs, Bernard Valero, said on Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • FAO D-G says coming years crucial to Africa's food security
    11 july 2011 13:46:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The coming years will be crucial to Africa's food security, with the continent's population rising steadily, the outgoing Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, announced Sunday in Bamako, after meeting with President Amadou Toumani Toure. Full text...

  • FAO survey shows 4.5% South Sudan land used for farming
    08 july 2011 16:16:22
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - As South Sudan celebrates its independence Saturday, 9 July, the world’s newest nation faces many challenges in building a strong and stable economy that supports the food security and livelihoods of its population. Full text...

  • FAO, humanitarian agencies seek support for drought-ravaged Horn of Africa
    08 july 2011 14:11:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - From mega-emergencies such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan, to headline-grabbing humanitarian crises such as the conflicts in Cote d'Ivoire or Libya, the international community has stepped up to help those impacted by disaster and tragedy over the last few years. Full text...

  • Senegalese to lead WFP food distribution in Ethiopia
    07 july 2011 18:22:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed Senegalese national, Abdou Dieng, the new Country Director for Ethiopia, to lead the UN organisation’s largest relief programme. Full text...

  • Egypt denies responsibility for E.Coli outbreak
    07 july 2011 12:41:07
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt has denied being the source of an E.Coli outbreak which caused the death of 48 people in Germany and one in Sweden out of a total of 4,178 individuals infected in Europe. Full text...

  • 'Lack of mechanisation hinders rice production in Africa'
    06 july 2011 13:06:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Rice farming stakeholders have said the lack of mechanisation is seriously undermining the productivity and competitiveness of the produce in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a statement from Africa Rice Centre, made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • NGO calls for land reform in favour of women
    05 july 2011 22:41:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A non-governmental organization (NGO) in Senegal is calling for land reforms in favour of women. Full text...

  • Worst drought in 60 years put 10 million at risk of starvation in East Africa
    02 july 2011 09:09:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Christian Aid, an international non-governmental body working to end global poverty, has launched an emergency humanitarian appeal to help people across the East and Horn of Africa, following two failed rainy seasons that have left ten million on the brink of starvation. Full text...

  • WFP happy with safe return of 2 missing staff members in Ethiopia
    30 june 2011 14:45:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Wednesday confirmed that two Ethiopian staff members who went missing after a deadly incident in mid-May have returned safely. Full text...

  • WFP appeals for support for drought victims in Horn of Africa
    29 june 2011 19:24:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Josette Sheeran, on Wednesday expressed concern over the plight of nearly ten million people facing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • UN says 10 million people faces food crisis in Horn of Africa
    29 june 2011 15:37:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Full text...

  • FAO declares deadly cattle disease eradicated
    28 june 2011 19:40:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday declared that the world has completely eradicated a cattle disease that has killed millions of bovines for millennia. Full text...

  • New report outlines ways to cut food waste
    28 june 2011 13:58:04
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - A new report by the Washington-based Worldwatch Institute has outlined measures that could help to reduce food waste as a means of meeting the needs of a growing human population, alleviating hunger and conserving resources. Full text...

  • African cotton receives attention at UNCTAD meeting
    28 june 2011 11:46:26
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A Pan-African high-level meeting on the future of African cotton is being held in Cotonou, under the aegis of UNCTAD, to define the outline of a road map for the sector over the next ten years. Full text...

  • WFP experiments with "food vouchers" to fight hunger in DRC
    27 june 2011 21:57:13
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) has developed a tool to fight hunger in DR Congo called "food vouchers", a WFP communiqué reaching PANA on Monday said. Full text...

  • EC, FAO, IFAD, WFP join forces on food security
    27 june 2011 15:16:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The European Commission (EC), FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), here Monday signed a new Strategic Framework of Cooperation to increase the capacity of the international community to deliver effective, coordinated, timely and sustainable support to food security and nutrition. Full text...

  • Outgoing FAO boss hails Angolan
    27 june 2011 12:57:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Outgoing Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Jacques Diouf, has thanked Angola for its support during his years in charge of the UN Full text...

  • Annan warns hunger could become permanent disaster
    26 june 2011 21:10:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who chairs the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, has warned that the current food security crisis that has left almost one billion people hungry could turn into a permanent disaster, endangering millions of lives as well as international cooperation. Full text...

  • Brazil's da Silva is new FAO Director-General
    26 june 2011 20:37:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Member nations of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Sunday elected José Graziano da Silva of Brazil as its new Director-General. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to back Brazilian candidate for FAO boss
    24 june 2011 21:41:20
    Praia, Cap Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde will back the candidature of Brazilian José Graziano for the post of managing director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in an election due to take place on Sunday in Rome, official sources said in Praia on Friday. Full text...

  • Project on livestock ticks in West, Central Africa launched in Benin
    23 june 2011 19:00:14
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The West and Central African Council for Research and Development (WECARD), Thursday in Cotonou, launched a research and development project on ticks in West and Central Africa. Full text...

  • FAO ceremony to celebrate global eradication of killer cattle plague
    23 june 2011 16:46:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Flanked by heads of state, international dignitaries and entertainers, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf will unveil a plaque to celebrate global freedom from rinderpest or cattle plague, one of the deadliest animal diseases and a longtime threat to human livelihoods and food security. Full text...

  • Foreigners dominate Mali's agricultural lands
    23 june 2011 14:36:38
    Paris, France (PANA) - Foreigners are dominating the race for the acquisition of agricultural lands in Mali with some 450,000 hectares of land waiting to be allocated to them, a source close to the government told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • WFP distributes food vouchers to 7,500 households in southern Senegal
    23 june 2011 14:04:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food vouchers to 7,500 households in 26 districts of the town of Ziguinchor, southern Senegal, through the implementation of a pilot project launched in April, according to an official statement received Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

  • FAO wants international support for Burundi's agricultural sector
    22 june 2011 19:24:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday Full text...

  • WFP commends former Ghanaian, Brazilian leaders
    22 june 2011 16:44:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Josette Sheeran, on Wednesday congratulated the former presidents of Ghana and Brazil, John Kufuor and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who have been honoured for their contributions to improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world. Full text...

  • Mali Meteorological Service forecasts heavy rainfall for 2011
    22 june 2011 15:01:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Meteorological Service has forecast a "normal or even above normal" rainy season this year, assuring farmers of enough water for their cropping season, PANA learnt here from the Ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • Mali "withdraws" land from foreign investors
    21 june 2011 20:46:39
    Paris, France (PANA) – About 290,000 hectares of agricultural lands have been "withdrawn" from inefficient foreign investors by the Malian government, sources close to the Malian government told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian leader launches 2011/2012 crop year
    21 june 2011 17:21:40
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Tuesday in Rosso (south), launched the 2011-2012 crop year, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Madagascar needs funds, materials to fight locusts
    21 june 2011 17:08:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A current buildup of locust populations in southwestern Madagascar could turn into a plague and seriously endanger the livelihoods of 13 million people unless a new campaign is launched to contain the crop-devouring insects, FAO said Tuesday in a news release. Full text...

  • FAO conference to elect new Director-General 26 June
    21 june 2011 15:15:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Representatives of member nations of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will meet from 25 June - 2 July for the 37th biennial Conference, the highest governing body of the Organization, to, among other things, elect a new Director-General. Full text...

  • ECOWAS meeting in Togo urges involvement of women in agriculture
    20 june 2011 19:05:24
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Participants from ECOWAS member countries, rose from a regional workshop on national agricultural programmes, saying women should be made part and parcel of the national agricultural policies of member nations. Full text...

  • Africa Rice Centre set to improve quality of rice across Africa
    20 june 2011 18:35:54
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Africa's Rice Centre has launched a project to improve the quality and marketing of rice produced in eight African countries, said a statement released Monday by the centre, which is based in Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Full text...

  • FAO, OECD paint gloomy picture on food prices
    18 june 2011 13:56:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - High price of food will persist for the next 10 years in Nigeria and other countries of the world, a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), obtained by PANA here Saturday, has said. Full text...

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