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  • Sugar shortage hits Burundi
    26 december 2011 20:57:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi has been hit by shortage of sugar although the sole local sugar-producing company (SOSUMO) has seen a slight increase in production this year. Full text...

  • Congo bans 69 Chinese fishing boats
    26 december 2011 20:29:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government has banned 69 Chinese fishing boats which have been found to be involved in illegal fashing practices in Congolese maritime waters, sources close to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministry told PANA on Monday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges global support for malnourished children in West, Central Africa
    22 december 2011 19:27:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on Thursday called on the global community to take action to prevent one million children in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa from becoming severely malnourished. Full text...

  • Mauritania, Japan sign US$ 5.5m agreement on food security
    22 december 2011 19:20:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, Sidi Ould Tah, and the Ambassador of Japan to Mauritania, Hiroshi Azuma, on Wednesday signed a financial agreement, worth US$ 5.5 million, earmarked for support to food security in the African country, PANA reported here Thursday, qhoting official sources. Full text...

  • IFAD supports Lesotho farmers to boost food production
    21 december 2011 11:59:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing US$10 million to help small farmers in Lesotho boost agricultural production. Full text...

  • IITA develops vitamin A cassava against manutrition in Africa
    17 december 2011 20:47:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A team of researchers, led by the Ibadan, south west Nigeria-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), have developed three new varieties of vitamin A cassava that could improve the livelihoods of millions of farmers in Africa, according to a statement from the institute made avaible to PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • SA farmers to boost agric in Congo
    16 december 2011 10:51:43
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Some 32 South African farmers have arrived in Niari, 500km South-west of Brazzaville under a pact aimed at boosting agriculture in Congo, the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock announced Friday. Full text...

  • WFP says 2.5 million South Sudanese face hunger
    15 december 2011 19:02:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Progarmme (WFP) Director in South Sudan, Chris Nikoi, on Thursday said that damaged crops, combined with conflict and insecurity are threatening to leave some 2.5 million people in South Sudan in critical conditions, unless food assistance is provided immediately. Full text...

  • WFP raises red flag over food prize increases in drought-hit Niger
    13 december 2011 17:27:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned by an unseasonal rise in grain prices in Niger and is planning an urgent scale-up of food assistance operations there. Full text...

  • 'Land grabs leave Africa thirsty'
    12 december 2011 15:36:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In the rush for cheap agricultural land in Africa, access to water is of the utmost importance to investors and the land grab taking place in the continent is accompanied by a major "water grab" that raises serious concerns, an independent policy think-tank has said. Full text...

  • Corruption undermining land access, development, says FAO
    12 december 2011 15:17:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new report, jointly prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and global corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has shown that one of the core issues affecting agriculture and food security worldwide is weak governance which in turn increases the likelihood of corruption in land tenure and administration and therefore intensifies the impact of pressures on land use. Full text...

  • Oxfam alerts on looming food crisis in West Africa
    12 december 2011 14:26:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Millions of people in West Africa could be protected from a serious food crisis if preparations are scaled up across the region, according to a press statement from Oxfam, received here Monday. Full text...

  • UN relief fund allocates US$ 6m to alleviate food crisis in Niger Republic
    07 december 2011 17:11:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) on Wednesday announced the allocation of US$ 6 million to support efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions of people facing severe food shortages in Niger Republic. Full text...

  • Africa faces grim food prospects in next 10 years
    07 december 2011 14:21:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - New research has revealed that Africa will face significantly lower crop yields in the next 10 years as a result of increasing temperatures threatening the food security of millions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe launches US$100m facility for agriculture
    06 december 2011 12:47:50
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Tuesday launched agricultural bonds worth US$100 million on the local market to finance the current summer farming season, which faces collapse due to unavailability of credit to farmers. Full text...

  • UN agencies reach 22 million people with EU investment in agriculture
    02 december 2011 14:29:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In just two years, the FAO, IFAD and WFP have assisted over 22 million people who were hardest hit by the global food price crisis, thanks to generous funding from the European Union's Food Facility (EUFF), the FAO saide in a statement, received here Friday by PANA. Full text...

  • Land, water degradation, scarcity threaten food security - FAO
    01 december 2011 17:01:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Widespread degradation and deepening scarcity of land and water resources have placed a number of key food production systems around the globe at risk. Full text...

  • FAO report highlights threats to global food production
    29 november 2011 18:19:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report that global food production was being undermined by land degradation and shortages of farmlands and water resources, making feeding the world’s rising population, projected to reach nine billion by 2050, "a daunting challenge". Full text...

  • 'World grain production down'
    29 november 2011 16:05:36
    Washington, D.C., U.S. (PANA) - World grain production fell, exacerbating a global food situation already plagued by rising prices, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. Full text...

  • NGO urges world leaders to focus on food security in Africa
    28 november 2011 18:48:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The pro-development NGO, World Growth, on Monday released a new report in which it urged world leaders to focus on the importance of food security, particularly in Africa. Full text...

  • CORAF/WECARD launches three projects in West, Central Africa
    26 november 2011 18:22:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Development (CORAF/WECARD) on Friday launched three competitive projects in the fields of livestock, management of natural resources and policies to be implemented in the next three years in 13 countries in West and Central Africa. Full text...

  • Mali adopts FCFA 58.5 billion emergency food plan
    24 november 2011 20:27:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government has adopted a FCFA 58.5 billion emergency plan to deal with the cereal deficit recorded in many parts of the country and the expected pressure on cereals, the Malian government said in an official statement broadcast on national television. Full text...

  • China to bolster agric ties with Africa
    23 november 2011 10:17:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Africa will increasingly play an important role in China’s long-term food security agenda over the next decade, as demand for food in the world’s most populous nation threatens to outstrip its supply, according to Standard Bank research analysts Simon Freemantle and Jeremy Stevens. Full text...

  • Nigerien President calls for food security in Africa
    21 november 2011 19:26:19
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou on Monday called for food security in Africa reaffirming his government's commitment to ensuring this in his country. Full text...

  • 'Weak support for extension services hamper efforts to fight hunger, poverty'
    18 november 2011 13:56:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Efforts to fight hunger and rural poverty, backed by billions of dollars, are being hampered by weak support for extension services and advice to enable smallholder farmers to produce more food and reap greater benefits from their harvest, development experts, farmers and innovators said at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday. Full text...

  • Cassava virus on verge of epidemic in East Africa
    17 november 2011 17:40:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new variant of a cassava disease is affecting large parts of East Africa, especially in the area's Great Lakes region, putting a crucial source of food and income at risk, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • FAO calls for ugent action against cassava virus in East Africa
    16 november 2011 17:40:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Wednesday called for swift action to tackle a cassava virus that is affecting large parts of East Africa and threatening a staple food crop for much of the region. Full text...

  • 4 African journalists win CTA agric awards
    16 november 2011 13:52:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Four African journalists are among the six winners of the Award for Outstanding Reporting on Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services, according to award organiser Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). Full text...

  • Angola’s coffee production rises
    14 november 2011 11:28:58
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Coffee production in Angola has increased from 4,000 tonnes in 2002 to 14,000 tonnes in 2010, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing, Afonso Pedro Canga, said on Sunday in Luanda. Full text...

  • 'Aquaculture is world's fasted-growing source of animal protein'
    09 november 2011 14:38:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Aquaculture is the world's fastest-growing source of animal protein and currently provides nearly half of all fish consumed globally, according to a report published in Rome, Italy, by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO says global food prices dropped in October
    03 november 2011 15:36:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday that food prices dropped to an 11-month low in October "but they are still higher than last year and very volatile". Full text...

  • Ivorian govt takes up the coffee/cocoa sector
    03 november 2011 10:07:22
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government has dissolved all organisations involved in the management of the coffee/cocoa sector and taken charge of it, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Cassava production, key to Nigeria’s economic recovery - experts
    03 november 2011 09:30:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A 20-minute documentary entitled ”The Cassava Revolution,” highlighting the huge role the crop can play in revitalising the Nigerian economy, fight poverty and hunger, ensure food security and earn foreign exchange for the country, has been presented to the Nigerian public. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts 47th ordinary session of CILSS council of ministers
    01 november 2011 13:56:19
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Agriculture ministers from member countries of the Inter-State Committee on the Fight against Drought in Sahel (CILSS) will meet Wednesday and Thursday in Nouakchott, Mauritania, for their 47th ordinary session, official sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Angolan Methodist church collects foodstuff for hungry Somalis
    31 october 2011 17:19:40
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Members of the Angolan Methodist Church on Sunday began collecting foodstuff in a show of solidarity with victims of hunger and drought in Somalia, PANA reported, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • WFP calls for concrete measures to avert food crisis in Niger
    28 october 2011 20:25:08
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  • 'Environmental degradation intensifies hunger in Nile Basin region'
    27 october 2011 19:40:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Rapid population growth and natural resource degradation in the Nile River Basin pose the risk of intensified hunger and poverty in the region, the UN food agency said Thursday, indicating that they require better, more forward-looking development planning to prevent that from happening, Full text...

  • Forests, potential solution to fight against hunger, says FAO
    26 october 2011 19:50:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The role of forests in providing timber and other wood products must not overshadow their important contribution to feeding many of the world's poorest communities, a group of international forest organizations and secretariats said Wednesday Full text...

  • Angola joins World Food Security Committee board
    26 october 2011 18:44:49
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Angola has been elected a member of the board of the World Food Full text...

  • Horn of Africa food crisis far from over, says UNICEF
    25 october 2011 18:43:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The massive international response to the child survival crisis in the Horn of Africa has already shown some positive results, but much more needs to be done, the UN child health agency, UNICEF, said in a report, released Tuesday in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Econet Wireless gives AGRA US$1m to assist smallholder farmers
    24 october 2011 12:55:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) announced on Monday that it had received a grant of US$1 million from Econet Wireless Global to support AGRA’s efforts in assisting smallholder farmers in the organisation’s “breadbasket countries,” which include Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania. Full text...

  • Experts lament low increase in cereal yields in ECOWAS
    21 october 2011 15:31:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Experts, at their opening meeting here Thursday, to prepare the common position of Africa in the Rio +20 conference, deplored the low increase in recent years, in cereal yields in member states of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • 'African households devote 50 to 75 per cent of incomes on food'
    20 october 2011 21:39:45
    Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African households devote 50 to 75 per cent of their incomes to food, according to experts participating in the seventh session of the food security and sustainable development committee, which started onThursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. Full text...

  • World Bank presses Congo to release funds for agricultural development
    20 october 2011 21:02:37
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Pressure was brought to bear on Congo on Thursday to release funds representing its contribution to the financing of agricultural development and feeder road rehabilitation (PDARP) project by the World Bank project manager, Amadou Oumar Bâ. Full text...

  • Peace Corps strengthens global partnership with FAO, WFP
    20 october 2011 19:10:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Peace Corps has joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), pledging to support and expand food security-related activities that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries worldwide, a news release of FAO said Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa harbours 36% of world's additional undernourished
    20 october 2011 17:57:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa has 36 per cent of the additional undernourished registered worldwide, according to experts at a meeting of the African preparatory conference for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which began Thursday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Brazil, Spain cooperate to provide food for Sudan
    18 october 2011 21:40:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Brazil and Spain have donated some US$6 million to secure food aid for over 375,000 civilians in Sudan, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO, WFP call for concerted efforts against global hunger
    15 october 2011 10:55:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday called for concerted efforts to address the root causes of global hunger. Full text...

  • African Green Revolution ignores downside of intensive farming
    13 october 2011 12:32:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Lessons learned from Asia’s Green Revolution about the damage which intensive farming can cause are being ignored in the race to help Africa feed itself, Christian Aid, an international charity, has warned in a report published Thursday to mark the UN’s World Food Day on 16 October. Full text...

  • Minister warns of food shortage in Nigeria
    12 october 2011 10:13:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, on Tuesday warned that the nation could experience food shortage as exporting countries had scaled down exports to address internal shortages, the privately-owned Punch newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

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