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  • Famine will spread further in southern Somalia, warns FAO
    05 september 2011 20:09:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO Monday called for increased efforts to stem the food crisis in the Horn of Africa, as famine spread to a sixth area of Somalia, threatened with starvation to death in the next four months. Full text...

  • FAO alerts on re-emergence of bird flu virus
    29 august 2011 15:16:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Monday called for heightened preparedness and surveillance amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and beyond. Full text...

  • Official says EU will soon lift ban on Egyptian seeds after E.coli scare
    28 august 2011 22:03:52
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's Agriculture Export Council chairman, Sherif Al-Beltaguy said he expected the early lifting of an export ban on some Egyptian seeds by the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • FAO launches initiative to protect livestock in Darfur
    28 august 2011 10:15:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has begun distributing the first batch of more than a million vaccines across Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, in a bid to protect livestock and other animals from deadly diseases during the current rainy season. Full text...

  • Ghana's cocoa harvest hits one million tonnes
    27 august 2011 12:26:53
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana, the world’s second largest producer of cocoa after Cote d’Ivoire, has so far seen a record one million tonnes of cocoa in the on-going 2010/11 crop season, according to a statement released by Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) on Saturday. Full text...

  • Egypt's Al-Azhar urges world's Muslims to help Somalis
    27 august 2011 11:09:24
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Egypt, Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayeb, has asked Muslims around the world to help alleviate the suffering of millions of Somalis facing the threat of dying from starvation due to the severe drought and famine that has hit the horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Famine: AU secures US$ 380 million from Pledging Conference
    25 august 2011 16:04:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - With Africa pledging over US$ 346 million, the African Union (AU) Thursday secured over US$ 380 million from internal and external sources in response to its appeal to help over 14 million drought-hit people in the Horn of Africa, according to AU officials. Full text...

  • Peacekeepers involved in livestock protection in Darfur
    25 august 2011 15:43:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - African Union and United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has started airlifting vaccines as part of a three-month campaign to protect livestock herds in Darfur, a UNAMID statement said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerien govt launches irrigated crops programme
    25 august 2011 14:14:14
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien government Wednesday launched a programme of irrigated crops, valued at more than 10 billion CFA francs, in order to cope with the uncertainties of the current crop year, official sources told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt airlifts food, medical aid to Somalia
    24 august 2011 21:15:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawy, on Wednesday ordered the immediate airlifting of food and medical aid to famine-hit Somalia. Full text...

  • Horn of Africa: UN calls for generous donations
    24 august 2011 18:50:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials are calling on countries, businesses and individuals to donate generously to support efforts to tackle the food security crisis gripping the Horn of Africa, warning that the world cannot “afford to lose momentum” in the fight against famine, disease and starvation. Full text...

  • IFAD president says Africa needs tools to feed its population
    24 august 2011 16:39:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa will conquer hunger when its governments give the citizens tools and resources they need to feed themselves, Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), said on the eve of an international conference, which will be open Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to address the famine crisis in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria, South Africa criticised for pledging "pittance" to Somali famine victims
    24 august 2011 09:26:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - South Africa and Nigeria, the two leading economic giants in Africa, have received knocks from a civil society group, Africans Act 4 Africa, for pledging paltry sums of US$ 2.2 million and US$1 million respectively to the fund needed to assist victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • UNEP report says investing on ecosystem can boost food security
    22 august 2011 16:00:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners said that investing in healthy ecosystems could boost food security, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities, Full text...

  • Rawlings, PAP president discuss drought, famine in Horn of Africa
    19 august 2011 17:57:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings, on Friday met President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Moussa Idriss Ndélé, in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the drought situation in the Horn of Africa and in particular Somalia. Full text...

  • Angolan agric minister proposes solution to hunger problems in Horn of Africa
    19 august 2011 15:44:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Angola's Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Full text...

  • Senior Sudanese govt. officials face probe over agricultural seeds deal (Corrected)
    18 august 2011 17:09:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least 14 Sudanese government officials, accused of squandering public funds following the approval of a "bad seeds deal" two years ago, have been referred to a Public Attorney for investigation and trial. Full text...

  • Senior govt. officials face probe over agricultural seeds deal
    18 august 2011 14:19:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least 14 Sudanese government officials, accused of squandering public funds following the approval of a "bad seeds deal" two years ago, have been referred to a Public Attorney for investigation and trial. Full text...

  • 'Women are key to sustainable agric development'
    17 august 2011 13:48:22
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - Women account for 75 percent of the agricultural producers in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of women farmers are living on only US$1.25 per day, according to researchers from the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organisation based in Washington, D.C., US, that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. Full text...

  • IFAD offers US$75 million to support agriculture in Nigeria
    15 august 2011 21:44:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To support the agricultural transformation agenda of the Nigerian government, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is offering a total of US$75 million for a comprehensive agricultural development in the country. Full text...

  • AU wants multi-nationals, African private sector to lead drought donations
    15 august 2011 15:48:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission Chairperson, Jean Ping, Monday called on multi-nationals operating in Africa and Africa’s own private sector to be the leading actors in the contribution of funds to help the 12.5 million people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Germany to fund long-term efforts to fight food insecurity in East Africa
    15 august 2011 15:41:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Germany has pledged Ksh15 billion to finance long-term measures to tackle drought in the East African region, with Kenya expected to get at least half of the amount, the President's office said Monday. Full text...

  • WB: Near record high food prices keep poorest people on the edge
    15 august 2011 09:03:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global food prices are at high levels and when combined with continued volatility, put the poorest people in the developing world at continued risk, according to the World Bank Group’s Food Price Watch report released Monday. Full text...

  • France triples aid to Horn of Africa region
    15 august 2011 08:59:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - France has tripled aid to the Horn of Africa region in response to the current humanitarian crisis affecting the region. Full text...

  • Belgium releases 4m euros to assist Horn of Africa
    11 august 2011 15:07:29
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has made available 4 million euros to take care of victims of famine in the Horn of Africa, according to an official statement released here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU opens website for global sensitisation on famine in Horn of Africa
    11 august 2011 15:05:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As part of its efforts to assist the victims of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa and in the light of the Pledging Conference to be held in Addis Ababa, Ehiopia, the African Union Commission Thursday launched a web platform, dedicated to the dissemination, exchange of information and promotion of activities undertaken by all sectors of the international community in response to the crisis. Full text...

  • FAO releases updated food price monitor for Aug
    10 august 2011 16:24:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - International prices of wheat decreased for the third consecutive month but those of rice continue to rise, though the prices of maize declined marginally globally, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi's main agricultural season sees good harvests - Report
    09 august 2011 22:13:10
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's main agricultural season for 2011has seen a 3% rise in production compared with 2010. Full text...

  • FAO hosts operational meeting to resolve worsening crisis in Horn of Africa
    09 august 2011 14:30:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will host a high-level operational meeting 18 August, to decide on urgent measures to resolve the worsening crisis in the Horn of Africa, a news release issued by the organisation said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zim nets US$ 313 million from tobacco
    05 august 2011 15:25:38
    Harare, ZImbabwe (PANA) - Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe said Friday the country had earned US$ 313.5 million from tobacco exports. Full text...

  • Nigeriens urged to pray for good harvest
    05 august 2011 11:57:20
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Niger government has called for collective prayers for good harvest in the country, according to a statement issued here Friday after a cabinet meeting. Full text...

  • Kibaki, visiting Swiss President discuss East African drought
    04 august 2011 15:14:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Visiting Swiss Confederation President Anne-Marie Calmy-Rey Thursday held talks with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki about the raging drought in the Horn of Africa region after paying a visit to thousands of Somali refugees in Kenya. Full text...

  • UN/EU-backed investment for Togolese poor farmers yields good returns
    04 august 2011 14:31:26
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-European Union (EU) initiative to help Togo cope with high food prices and bad weather by providing seeds, fertilizers and other input for 20,000 rural farmers, has produced returns that are almost double the cost. Full text...

  • AU famine conference for Somalia now fixed for 25 Aug
    04 august 2011 13:25:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), which postponed the international pledging conference it planned to hold on 9 August in aid of Somali famine victims, says the meeting will now hold 25 August and urged African countries to set aside a date to dedicate attention to the Horn of African humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • UN declares famine in 3 more Somali areas
    03 august 2011 19:09:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday declared famine in three more areas in drought-ravaged Somalia, bringing to five the number of regions in the Horn of Africa country where acute malnutrition and starvation have already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people. Full text...

  • US offers new guidelines to ease access to Somali famine victims
    03 august 2011 16:53:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States is to announce new guidelines on its sanctions against Somali terrorist group, the Al-Shabaab, to ease the movement of humanitarian assistance in the Horn of African nation, embassy officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls on Somalis in Diaspora to assist drought victims
    03 august 2011 16:34:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, on Wednesday appealed to all Somalis in Diaspora, to work together with their compatriots inside the country, to support the ongoing peace process and alleviate the plight of those suffering from famine. Full text...

  • Angolan banks to release US$ 12m to peasant farmers this season
    03 august 2011 15:16:05
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A consortium of Angolan banks is to release US$ 12 million this month to peasant farmers as part of the 2010-2011 agricultural campaign in the country, according to sources close to the Co-ordination Committee for Agricultural Credit. Full text...

  • Benin president rallies country to become 'real agricultural power'
    01 august 2011 22:17:35
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin's president Boni Yayi on Monday rallied his country to increase agricultural production saying the West African state must aim at becoming "a real agricultural power". Full text...

  • Malaysian company to invest 150 billion FCFA in Congo palm oil complex
    01 august 2011 21:13:00
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Malaysian oil palm giant, Atami, is to invest 150 billion FCFA in an agro-industrial oil palm complex in Congo that will produce some 900,000 tonnes of palm oil per annum, an official of the Congolese agriculture and livestock ministry told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Paris gives 200,000-euro aid to assist famine victims in Horn of Africa
    28 july 2011 12:02:18
    Paris, France (PANA) - Paris, the French capital, is to give an emergency aid of 200,000 euros to assist the victims of famine of the Horn of Africa, according to a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian President tells youth to farm
    27 july 2011 18:44:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has resumed his meet-the-people tour, with a call on the youth to get into farming and partake in the “country’s poverty and hunger eradication crusade,” PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN releases funds to aid Kenyan drought victims
    27 july 2011 16:19:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Central Emergency Rapid Response Fund has released US$ 13.5 million in response to the hunger situation in Kenya, the UN office said in Nairobi Wednesday. Full text...

  • 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...

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