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  • WFP gives food assistance to 26,500 people in Southern Sudan
    16 june 2011 15:49:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said that food assistance has reached more 26,500 people fleeing fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. Full text...

  • Urban agriculture will increase food security, empower women -- Worldwatch
    16 june 2011 14:59:11
    Washington D.C., US (PANA) - As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture has become an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. Full text...

  • Minister says agric is Tanzania’s vehicle to middle-income economy
    16 june 2011 14:49:39
    Morogoro, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania will not achieve its ambition of being ranked as a competitive middle-income economy unless urgent efforts are made to advance its agriculture to a middle income sector, Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Minister Jumanne Maghembe, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO offers support to Niger's agricultural programme
    15 june 2011 11:27:27
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is prepared to support the agricultural programme, called "Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens (3N)", initiated in Niger by President Mahamadou Issoufou, FAO Director General Jacques Diouf said after a two-day visit to the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania, EU negotiate new fishing agreement
    14 june 2011 21:16:05
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday began negotiations in Nouakchott to renew the fishing agreement between them, which expires on 31 July 2011. Full text...

  • Drought in Horn of Africa threatens millions of Herders, farmers
    14 june 2011 11:24:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The number of people facing severe food shortages is set to increase as the impact of drought, along with high food and fuel prices, continues to grip the Horn of Africa region, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria explores Chinese aid towards food security
    13 june 2011 19:50:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Determined to achieve food security, Nigeria is exploring its bilateral relations with China to develop the agricultural sector of the economy. Full text...

  • FAO launches new initiative to boost food production
    13 june 2011 15:42:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday launched a new initiative to grow more food to feed the world’s growing population in an environmentally sustainable way. Full text...

  • Guinea takes steps to attain food self-sufficiency in three years
    11 june 2011 10:54:30
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The recent launch of the 2011-2012 agricultural campaign in the 33 Guinean prefectures, where ministers were sent to kick-start the process, buttresses the resolve of the government to attain food self-sufficiency in three years. Full text...

  • 'Urban horticulture in DRC reaps US$ 400m for small growers'
    10 june 2011 20:19:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An urban horticulture programme, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the five main cities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has taken a bite out of chronic malnutrition levels in urban areas and created a surplus with a market value of over US$ 400 million. Full text...

  • Congo to spend CFAF 4b to rehabilitate rural roads in 2011
    09 june 2011 11:31:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The government of Congo is to spend four billion CFA francs in 2011 for the rehabilitation of 17 rural roads in eight of the 12 departments covered by the Agricultural Development and Rural roads Rehabilitation project (PDARP), PANA reported. Full text...

  • West African farmers to undergo training in Forest Resources Management
    08 june 2011 13:27:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - West African farmers are to undergo a training workshop 20-22 June 2011 in Niamey, Niger, on restoration techniques and soil enrichment with tree species with high potential of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP), as part of regional efforts at achieving sustainable management of forest resources, ECOWAS Commission said in a statement here Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU gives Zimbabwe US$100 million agric aid
    08 june 2011 12:20:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The European Union (EU) Wednesday gave Zimbabwe US$100 million in agricultural aid for the forthcoming farming season. Full text...

  • 'World food prices set to remain high'
    07 june 2011 13:32:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - High and volatile agricultural commodity prices are likely to prevail for the rest of 2011 and into 2012, according to the latest analysis published Tuesday in the biannual 'Food Outlook' of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • AFD grants Mali's farming organisation over FCFA 2.4b
    07 june 2011 12:39:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted over FCFA 2.4 billion to the regional Chamber of Agriculture in Segou, central Mali, under a financing agreement signed here Monday Full text...

  • Libreville hosts African conference on aquaculture
    02 june 2011 17:51:00
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - A three-day regional seminar on commercial aquaculture development strategies will commence on 8 June in Libreville, Gabon, to facilitate fishing cooperation between African countries riparian of the Atlantic Ocean (COMHAFAT), based in Rabat, Morocco. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns US$239m from tobacco exports
    02 june 2011 12:41:48
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe has earned US$239 million from tobacco exports since the marketing season opened in February, a national marketing agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reports fresh outbreak of foot and mouth disease
    31 may 2011 12:08:36
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said Tuesday foot and mouth disease had broken out in the south of the country, affecting thousands of cattle. Full text...

  • 'Stemming post-harvest waste crucial to African food security'
    31 may 2011 10:55:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A report released Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Bank has said investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce food losses could significantly increase the food supply in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana in record cocoa harvest
    30 may 2011 20:27:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana, the world's second largest producer of cocoa after Cote d'Ivoire, says it saw a record harvest in the main crop season of the 2010/11 year, which ended a few weeks ago. Full text...

  • Kenyan Govt declares drought national disaster
    30 may 2011 19:56:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has declared the country's current drought a national disaster and ordered the government to use all means within its reach to deal with the crisis. Full text...

  • IITA research initiative receives nod from Nordic ambassadors
    29 may 2011 20:14:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The quality research and scientific professionalism demonstrated at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in fighting hunger and poverty in tropical countries, has been commended by Ambassadors from Finland, Norway and Sweden, according to a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • India to prop up Tanzania's agricultural production
    27 may 2011 13:52:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – India has pledged support to Tanzania’s efforts in adapting modern technology for improved agricultural production, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • WB grants Togo 5.6b FCFA for agric
    27 may 2011 12:46:30
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The World Bank Thursday granted Togo US$12 million, or about 5.6 billion FCFA, to finance the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP), PANA reported. Full text...

  • AGRA, USDA sign MOU to cooperate on African food security
    27 may 2011 10:43:44
    Washington, US (PANA) - The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore ways to help smallholder farmers in Africa through coordinated research, exchanges, training and development activities, an AGRA statement obtained by PANA here said. Full text...

  • Gambian President hands over management of tractors to women
    25 may 2011 20:47:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has ordered the governors of his country to transfer the management of recently donated tractors to the womenfolk of the West African country. Full text...

  • Sub-regional workshop on food standards in West Africa opens in Dakar
    24 may 2011 17:14:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A sub-regional capacity building workshop on the theme: "Food standards development", opened Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal, for members of the West African Peasant and Producers Organizations Network. Full text...

  • UN agency gives US$ 17.4m to help farmers in Chad
    23 may 2011 17:10:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Monday announced a financial package of US$ 17.4 million aimed at helping some 132,000 poor people in southern Chad. Full text...

  • USAID funds Gambia's fisheries project
    20 may 2011 15:41:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A fisheries project, Ba-Nafaa, aimed at supporting the Gambian government to achieve its fisheries management and development objectives is being funded by the United States Agency International Development (USAID) to the tune of more than US$ 2 million. Full text...

  • Research group calls for food security in Africa
    18 may 2011 22:33:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Director-General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Senggen Fan, has said the steep increases in prices of basic commodities, such as cereals, are harmful for the poorest consumers who devote a large part of their incomes to food. Full text...

  • Agric experts demand strong seed sector in Africa
    16 may 2011 22:10:41
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  • Potato earns Sikasso 13 billion FCFA annually
    16 may 2011 21:23:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Potato earns the southern Mali region of Sikasso about 10 to 13 billion FCFA annually, the Malian News Agency (AMAP) reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Greenpeace Africa critical of Africa-EU fishing agreements
    13 may 2011 16:16:19
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - As fisheries ministers from around the globe meet in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the future of fishing agreements between EU and foreign countries, Greenpeace Africa has called for a fairer and sustainable fishing partnership that will protect the livelihoods of West African fishing communities. Full text...

  • 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted yearly - FAO
    11 may 2011 16:48:42
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year - approximately 1.3 billion tonnes - gets lost or wasted, according to an FAO-commissioned study. Full text...

  • Mali processing cashew nuts locally
    10 may 2011 16:38:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is to begin active local processing of cashew nuts, the second commercial crop in the southern part of the country, after cotton, according to the country's Minister of Agriculture, Aghatam Ag Alhassane. Full text...

  • Eat what you grow, Jammeh tells Gambians
    10 may 2011 14:14:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Monday urged his people to depend less on imported food stuff and eat what is grown in the West African nation, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mali plans 9m tonnes cereal production in 2011-2012
    09 may 2011 16:50:08
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Ministry of Agriculture plans to reap about nine million tonnes from cereals in the 2011-2012 agricultural campaign, PANA learnt Monday from an official source. Full text...

  • Jammeh distributes tractors to Gambian farmers
    09 may 2011 14:38:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, was due to distribute tractors to farmers in the tiny West Africa country Monday, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Mauritania to increase grain production
    06 may 2011 18:46:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government will build 480 dams and dikes to make available 144,000 new hectares to improve grain production, said Secretary General of Ministry of Rural Development, Mohamed Ould Aida, quoted Friday by the Mauritanian Information Agency (AMI). Full text...

  • Global food prices hold steady, cereals markets remain tight
    05 may 2011 10:11:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food prices remained virtually steady in April after falling in March following eight months of successive increases, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo to develop cassava sector
    04 may 2011 12:18:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government Tuesday in Brazzaville launched a US$252,000 project to support the implementation of a strategy to develop the cassava sector. Full text...

  • EU and Cape Verde fishing agreement submitted to EU Parliament
    03 may 2011 20:41:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commission has forwarded to Parliament for approval the text of a new fishing agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cape Verde, as the current protocol is due to expire in August, PANA learned from official sources in Brussels on Tuesday. Full text...

  • BOAD gives 4 million F CFA loan to Senegal for agricultural projects
    02 may 2011 21:15:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has granted Senegal's National Agricultural Credit Fund (CNCAS) a loan of 4 billion FCFA to re-finance agricultural productive investment projects. Full text...

  • FAO urges African countries to establish pesticide risk assessment tools
    02 may 2011 15:11:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese representative at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Amadou Ouattara, here Monday urged African countries to develop tools to assess the risks of pesticides in order to appropriately inform and sensitize the public and policy makers. Full text...

  • WFP suspends food aid in parts of Southern Sudan
    29 april 2011 16:01:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday it suspended operations in two areas of the soon-to-be independent Southern Sudan, following direct attacks on its workers and rising violence in the region. Full text...

  • FAO supports new network to strengthen Africa's seed market
    29 april 2011 08:40:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With the support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the African Union (AU) and the African Seed Network have set up a pan-African network of seed testing laboratories to speed up the harmonisation of a continent-wide seed market in traditional and non-traditional crops. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts seminar on rise in prices of foodstuffs
    28 april 2011 21:52:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunis will from 2-4 May host a seminar aimed at drawing up plans to address the rise in the prices of foodstuffs in Maghreb countries. Full text...

  • Research group calls for effective water management for agriculture
    27 april 2011 21:37:29
    Washington, D.C. US (PANA) - An international research organisation says increasing demand for water continues to threaten the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers who depend on water for their crops. Full text...

  • Gabon, Israeli company sign 9.5 billion FCFA agreement on farming
    23 april 2011 11:28:41
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – The Gabonese government and the Israeli company, LR Group, Friday signed an agreement, worth 9.5 billion FCFA, under which six agro-pastoral farms will be established in the African country, according to Gabonese television (RTG1). Full text...

  • 1,562 cattle from Brazil arrive DRC
    22 april 2011 17:39:32
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A head of 1,562 domestic animals from the Brazilian firm, Endereco do Exportador, have arrived at the port of Boma, in the south-west of DR Congo as part of the re-launch of the activities of the Grands Elevages (GEL) company, based in the Bas-Congo. Full text...

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