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  • 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...

  • 'Rising global meat consumption threatens personal, environmental health'
    12 october 2011 07:55:39
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - Global meat production and consumption have increased rapidly in recent decades, with harmful effects on the environment and public health as well as on the economy, according to research done by Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project for Vital Signs Online. Full text...

  • World hunger report 2011 says high, volatile prices set to continue
    10 october 2011 19:40:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food price volatility, featuring high prices, is likely to continue and possibly increase, making poor farmers, consumers and countries more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the three UN agencies, based in Rome, Italy, said in the global hunger report published Monday. Full text...

  • African experts seek global partnership for rice science
    09 october 2011 11:43:19
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Experts and African researchers have advocated for a Global Partnership for Rice Science (GRISP), whose aim is to achieve significant, concrete and unquantifiable results that will benefit the poor and the environment over the next 25 years. Full text...

  • Egypt highlights need for permanent regional body on food security
    08 october 2011 08:18:54
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt has highlighted the need for the establishment of a permanent regional body on food security under the auspice of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • 'Policy makers have role to play in feeding world's hungry'
    06 october 2011 09:31:52
    Washington, D.C, US (PANA) - Worldwatch Institute's 'Nourishing the Planet' project has stressed the need for policymakers around the world to step up their critical efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition, and poverty by providing greater support for agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO warns on looming food crisis in Sudanese states
    05 october 2011 14:57:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Wednesday called for urgent action and funding to prevent a looming crisis in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, where it said that, "the latest fighting combined with erratic rainfall has doomed next month’s harvest." Full text...

  • Kenya, global partners lead way in mitigating World wheat threat
    04 october 2011 18:19:23
    Njoro, Kenya (PANA) - Many small-scale farmers in East Africa, who have given up what farming following devastation to their products from Ug99, a new strain of stem rust that turns fields of wheat into black stubble, may breathe a sigh of relief as the Kenyan government and its global partners have found a way round the menace. Full text...

  • Brazilian company to enhance cassava growing in Congo
    29 september 2011 19:02:50
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Specialized in agro-industry, Brazilian company, BR Africa, has expressed interest in the production, processing and marketing of cassava and related products in Congo, under the BR Africa Congo label, sources close to the Congolese agriculture and cattle-breeding ministry told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN-backed online game on fight against hunger now in French, Italian versions
    29 september 2011 18:35:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Freerice.com, the online game that allows players to improve their vocabulary while simultaneously fighting world hunger by making donations to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), launched its French and Italian versions on Thursday. Full text...

  • IFAD to support rural dwellers in Ghana
    28 september 2011 21:28:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday said thousands of households in rural Ghana would benefit from Full text...

  • Ghana Cocoa Board secures US$2 bn to purchase cocoa
    23 september 2011 14:51:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The state-owned Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has secured a loan US$ 2 billion to purchase cocoa and fund cocoa-related activities in the 2011/2012 crop season. Full text...

  • Benin adopts plan to boost rice production
    23 september 2011 12:26:32
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin has adopted a plan to boost the production of rice, which is a staple in the country, PANA learnt Friday from official sources in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Average harvests expected in Africa’s Sahel’s belt
    20 september 2011 14:49:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A new report by several regional and international organizations has said average harvests are expected in Africa's Sahel belt in 2011/2012. Full text...

  • Investors urged to tap Nigeria’s huge cassava potentials
    19 september 2011 08:47:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s policymakers, the private sector and foreign investors have been urged to take advantage of the untapped opportunities available in the country's cassava sector, especially processing. Full text...

  • Africa must face up to climate change if it is to develop its agriculture
    14 september 2011 21:36:10
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and African leaders are working in concert to accelerate the issue of the adoption of "smart agriculture". Full text...

  • FAO, African leaders to fight climate change with "Climate-smart agriculture"
    14 september 2011 16:17:15
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and African leaders are working together to quickly adopt a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture to fight the impacts of climate change and increasing scarcity of natural resources. Full text...

  • US hosts conference on role of biotech in advancing African agric
    14 september 2011 08:50:04
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US will later Wednesday host a conference on the role of biotechnology in advancing African agriculture, the US State Department said here. Full text...

  • East African leaders fear famine could weaken regional economy
    09 september 2011 17:39:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African leaders wound up their day-long talks Friday on the region’s drought and famine, fearing that the crisis could lead to further weakening of their economies, create routes for illegal trade and smuggling of deadly arms. Full text...

  • 'Better landscapes management needed to prevent forest fires'
    09 september 2011 16:49:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Countries need to pay more attention to fire management on lands bordering forests in order to prevent the 95 percent of wildfires that originate from human activities in forests and adjacent areas, an international partnership for forests warned Friday. Full text...

  • How to avert future drought, extreme weather in Horn of Africa - experts
    09 september 2011 07:57:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Against the backdrop of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa region, leading food experts have said greater investment in agricultural research, and an increased cooperation among scientists, governments, local enterprises and rural communities are critical to reducing the region's vulnerability to future droughts and extreme weather. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt unveils agric sector transformation, targets 3.5 million jobs
    08 september 2011 18:43:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Unveiling its Agriculture Transformation Action Plan (ATAP), at its second meeting here since creation on 17 August, the Nigerian National Economic Management Team (EMT) said it would create 3.5 million jobs in the next four years, using massive focus on five agricultural crops – rice, cassava, sorghum, cocoa and cotton. Full text...

  • African farmlands lose fertility due to degradation, says FAO
    08 september 2011 15:26:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - About 6.3 million hectares of farmland have lost their fertility and water-holding capacity due to degradation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • East African ministers meet on regional famine strategic plan
    08 september 2011 12:49:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African ministers meeting here Thursday are expected to adopt a wide-ranging action plan, seeking rapid increments in long-term financing of drought-control measures, to deal with a cycle of drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa region. Full text...

  • Pressure on soil, land degradation threaten food security, FAO warns
    07 september 2011 17:54:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, Wednesday warned that pressure on the world’s limited amounts of soils available for agriculture, together with land degradation were threatening global food security and imperiling long-tem efforts to avoid widespread famine. Full text...

  • 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...

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