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  • 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...

  • 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...

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