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  • 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...

  • CAADP partnership platform meeting opens in Nairobi
    03 may 2012 11:21:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The 8th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s Partnership Platform Meeting (CAADP PP) opened in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday with a call on African countries to step up their commitment to improving food production and nutrition as well as creating wealth for the smallholders farmers. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts CAADP partnership platform forum
    01 may 2012 09:21:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Kenya is set to host the 8th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s Partnership Platform (CAADP PP) meeting in the capital city of Nairobi 3-4 May, under the theme, “Accelerating CAADP implementation for results and impact,” the organisers said in a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Congo President Sassou N'Guesso calls for solidarity with Sahel countries
    26 april 2012 21:49:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese president Denis Sassou N’Guesso on Thursday opened the 27th regional conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)in Brazzaville with a call for solidarity with Sahelo-Sahelian countries facing political, security, food and climate crisis. Full text...

  • African oil producers urged to help Sahelian countries
    26 april 2012 11:13:50
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Oil producing nations in Africa have been called upon to provide assistance for the countries in the continent's Sahel region, which has been hit by drought and food crisis. Full text...

  • Stakeholders move to improve livestock movement in West Africa
    23 april 2012 18:52:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African agriculture stakeholders have intensified measures to improve the seasonal movement of livestock (transhumance) in order to boost the economies of ECOWAS Member States. Full text...

  • IITA gets US$7 million from Bill & Melinda Gates foundation
    22 april 2012 16:06:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) -The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given US$7 million to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for the implementation of the second phase of the Commercial Products (COMPRO-II) project to be launched on 16-17 May in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, according to a statement from IITA made available to PANA on Sunday. Full text...

  • African Civil Society prepares common position towards FAO conference
    21 april 2012 16:29:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – African Civil Society officials began two days of consultation to take a common position during the 27th regional conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for Africa, scheduled for 23-27 April in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville. Full text...

  • 27th FAO Africa conference opens on Monday in Congo
    20 april 2012 20:09:47
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The 27th regional conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for Africa will be held from 23-27 April in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, the Congolese minister of Agriculture and Livestock Farming, Rigobert Maboundou, said on Friday. Full text...

  • 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...

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