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  • Agric group suggest ways out of soaring food prices
    17 february 2011 23:48:09
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  • Agric group suggests ways out of soaring food prices (Corrected)
    17 february 2011 22:51:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the background of soaring world food prices, the African Agricultural Markets Programme (AAMP) is suggesting an accelerated implementation of a regional trade agreement for free movement of food across borders at all times, as one of the ways out of the crisis. Full text...

  • New FAO study shows integrated food and energy crops work for poor farmers
    17 february 2011 16:50:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Producing food and energy side-by-side may offer one of the best formulas for boosting countries' food and energy security while simultaneously reducing poverty, according to a new report published here Thursday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Price of Nigerian cashew nuts goes up over 270 per cent
    16 february 2011 15:31:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The price of Nigerian cashew nuts has gone up from 45,000 naira to 130,000 naira per metric tonne at the international market, according to the president of the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), Mr Olatunji Owoeye. Full text...

  • Agriculture conference pledges support to govts on nutrition
    12 february 2011 17:05:10
    New Delhi (India) – An international agriculture conference, on leveraging agriculture for improving nutrition and health, ended in New Delhi, India on Saturday with a pledge to support policymakers realize the linkages between agriculture, nutrition and health which have long occupied separate realms. Full text...

  • Africa urged to address links involving agriculture, malaria, development
    11 february 2011 19:44:58
    New Delhi, India (PANA) - Governments in Africa have been accused of overlooking the impact of malaria on agriculture despite recognizing a long time ago the linkage between agriculture and health. Full text...

  • Livestock boom in developing countries risks aggravating animal plagues (News feature)
    11 february 2011 14:17:24
    New Delhi, India (PANA) – A research released Friday at an international conference on agriculture, taking place in New Delhi, India, has warned that increasing numbers of domestic livestock and more resource-intensive production methods are encouraging animal epidemics around the world, particularly in developing countries. Full text...

  • Africa warned against pushing off small-holder farmers to accommodate investors
    11 february 2011 08:51:51
    New Delhi, India (PANA) - A leading nutrition expert from Cornell University in the United States has warned that African governments ceding large parcels of land normally cultivated by small-holder farmers to multi-nationals and middle-income countries risk exacerbating food insecurity in their countries. Full text...

  • Nouakchott launches rice project in Sahel
    10 february 2011 18:47:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A sub-regional project for the improvement of rice production in the Sahel was launched Thursday in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, with assistance from Spain. Full text...

  • Experts meet in India to discuss enhancing health, through agriculture
    10 february 2011 16:05:17
    New Delhi, India (PANA) - A three-day international conference, focusing on improving health and nutrition, through agriculture in developing countries, began Thursday in New Delhi, India, with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling for a healthy and productive life for all. Full text...

  • 'Prices of basic food items have risen in Gambia'
    09 february 2011 15:25:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Prices of basic commodities such as rice, cooking oil and sugar have risen astronomically in Gambia, with the people blaming the hike on, among other things, the rise in value of foreign currencies, according to a survey conducted by PANA here. Full text...

  • Angola, China seek cooperation to boost cereal production
    07 february 2011 18:13:46
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola will benefit from Chinese support in Agricultural development, mainly in boosting cereal production in the African country, the Angolan Ambassador to China, João Manuel Bernardo, announced here Monday. Full text...

  • FAO raises alert on high flood risks in parts of southern Africa
    07 february 2011 17:03:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Thousands of hectares of agricultural land and crops have been damaged by floods and heavy rains in parts of southern Africa, and more damage may occur in the coming weeks if above normal rains persist, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has warned. Full text...

  • Food aid seeking Ethiopians up by 500,000 in months
    07 february 2011 15:44:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The number of Ethiopians requiring relief food assistance in 2011 has increased by 500,000 from a November figure of 2.3 million, the Ethiopian government announced Monday. Full text...

  • FAO says global food prices surged to new peak
    03 february 2011 18:30:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday that food prices around the world surged to a new historic peak in January, for the seventh consecutive month. Full text...

  • Fish consumption reaches all-time high - FAO
    31 january 2011 14:19:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The contribution of fish to global diets has reached a record of almost 17 kg per person on average, supplying over three billion people with at least 15 percent of their average animal protein intake, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • Gabon to launch agricultural development, investment project
    31 january 2011 11:12:08
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Gabonese development support Institute (IGAD) has announced a plan to launch an agricultural development and investment project (Prodiag) in the country this year. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Malawi president says Africa faces soaring food prices
    30 january 2011 14:19:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) outgoing chairperson, Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika, has called on fellow African leaders to pay more attention to agricultural development in order to produce enough food to feed their people. Full text...

  • Mutharika's outline for self-sufficient Africa for launch
    27 january 2011 12:46:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A book by Malawi's President and African Union (AU) Chairman Bingu wa Mutharika is to be launched in Addis Ababa on Saturday, ahead of the opening of the 16th ordinary summit of the AU's heads of state and government the following day. Full text...

  • FAO issues guide to address high food prices
    26 january 2011 18:44:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday called on countries to "carefully" examine the implications of high food prices and not to "take any actions that might appear useful in the short-term but could have harmful, longer-term effects or even aggravate the situation." Full text...

  • WFP, FAO call for continued assistance to Niger
    20 january 2011 16:21:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have called for continued assistance to Niger, where acute malnutrition remains high, despite a good harvest. Full text...

  • Japan offers Togo 2.6b CFAF to purchase food
    19 january 2011 15:21:55
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Japan on Tuesday granted Togo a financial aid of 430 million yens (about 2.6 billion CFA francs) for the purchase of rice and wheat, as part of its food aid assistance to the African country, PANA learnt Wednesday from an official source here. Full text...

  • Deal paves way for Zambia to allocate 10% of budget to agriculture
    19 january 2011 13:13:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has signed the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact, which makes it mandatory for countries on the continent to allocate 10 percent of their national budgets towards agriculture in order to achieve a growth rate of six percent in the sector. Full text...

  • Mali to export 15,000 tonnes of maize for WFP
    14 january 2011 18:08:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali will export 15,000 tonnes of maize to Benin and Cameroon this year, as part of an order from the World Food Programme (WFP), to help the victims of floods in the two countries, according to a source in the Malian Ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO releases first global guidelines on fishery discards
    14 january 2011 15:55:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Friday released the first global guidelines for bycatch management and reduction in fishing discards, agreed by fisheries experts from 35 countries in December, a news release from FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy, disclosed. Full text...

  • Farako tea farm in south of Mali to resume production
    12 january 2011 18:50:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government and the public-owned General Tea Company of Mali (SOGETM-SA) have signed a deal for the resumption of the exploitation of the Farako tea farm, located near Sikasso, in the south of Mali, PANA learnt Wednesday from the Ministry of Industry, Investments and Commerce. Full text...

  • Worldwatch Institute releases report on State of the World 2011
    12 january 2011 18:12:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Worldwatch Institute Wednesday released its report which provides a roadmap for food security and agricultural investment, revealing 15 high- and low-tech solutions that are helping to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Sudan food security improves but...
    12 january 2011 12:46:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The number of people in need of food assistance in southern Sudan has decreased markedly, though prospects for food security largely depend on the post-referendum period and the number of returnees to the South, a United Nations report said Wednesday. Full text...

  • New cassava varieties out in Nigeria
    11 january 2011 18:55:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has released four improved cassava varieties, bred by scientists at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, in south west Nigeria, according to a statement from the IITA which was made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Niger records 1.5 million tonnes surplus in cereal production
    10 january 2011 16:13:23
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger recorded a gross national cereal balance of about 1,500,000 tonnes for the 2010 agricultural campaign, PANA learnt Monday from the Minister of Agriculture and Breeding, Malick Sadelher, who said such a level of surplus had never been reached in the last 20 years. Full text...

  • WADB grants Mali 9.5b FCFA for hydro-agricultural development project (Corrected)
    10 january 2011 14:51:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The West African Development Bank (WADB) will provide Mali with 9.5 billion CFA francs to finance the extension of the first phase of the hydro-agricultural development project in Molodo North, a large hydro-agricultural development region in the country Full text...

  • BOAD grants Mali 9.5b FCFA for hydro-agricultural development project
    10 january 2011 13:43:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The West African Development Bank (WADB) will provide Mali with 9.5 billion CFA francs to finance the extension of the first phase of the hydro-agricultural development project in Molodo North, a large hydro-agricultural development region in the country Full text...

  • World Bank mission expected Monday in Congo
    07 january 2011 18:31:20
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A mission of the World Bank is expected 10 to 21 January in Congo, to review the performance of the Agricultural Development and Rural Tracks Rehabilitation Project (PDARP), nearly three years after it took off, the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture and Breeding disclosed Friday in Brazzaville,. Full text...

  • Cape Verde, EU conclude fishing deal
    07 january 2011 18:08:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Cape Verde and the European Union (EU) have concluded a three-year deal on fishing that will come into force 1 September, just after the expiration of their current agreement, according to a communique issued Friday in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Full text...

  • Ghana govt. pays GH¢23 million bonus to cocoa farmers
    06 january 2011 19:16:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghana Cocoa Board on Monday released GH¢23,426,637.51 for the payment of bonuses to the country’s cocoa farmers in fulfillment of a pledge made by the government. Full text...

  • FAO, AFC dedicate 3 Asian football cup matches to fight against Hunger
    05 january 2011 21:25:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will dedicate three of its matches to the fight against hunger and poverty at an impressive show of football solidarity during the Asian Cup to be played in Doha, Qatar, and promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the AFC. Full text...

  • Armyworm devastates crops in Zimbabwe
    04 january 2011 12:10:47
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday large swarms of armyworms had invaded farms in the main cropping northern and eastern areas of the country, threatening to severely reduce crop output. Full text...

  • Angola records increase in cereals production in 2010
    29 december 2010 20:53:29
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola's cereals production in the 2010 agricultural season rose to 125,000 tons showing an increase of 12 per cent over the figure for 2009. Full text...

  • FAO helps West African farmers on pesticide use
    21 december 2010 19:24:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said a project it was executing in West Africa had succeeded in slashing the use of toxic pesticides, increasing yields and incomes and diversifying farming systems in the region. Full text...

  • USAID boosts cassava production in Sierra Leone
    20 december 2010 13:14:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated to farmers in Sierra Leone another cassava processing centre that will strengthen the value chain and boost the processing of the root crop, according to statement from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Full text...

  • Gambia pledges to accord priority to fisheries, aquaculture
    19 december 2010 08:53:22
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government will continue to accord high priority to fisheries and aquaculture in its development agenda, Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy, assured here at the weekend, citing the sector's potentials and contributions to the promotion of the health of Gambians through good nutrition. Full text...

  • Togo installs early warning system on agric
    16 december 2010 19:04:48
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo has installed an integrated system of early alert (SYAP) on the agricultural, food and nutritional situations in the country, according to a communique of the Council of Ministers published Thursday. Full text...

  • ICRC vaccinates more livestock in Darfur
    14 december 2010 18:01:29
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working in cooperation with the Ivorian Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, has launched the latest phase of a campaign to vaccinate 700,000 animals against five major endemic diseases in Darfur, Sudan, according to an official communique from the ICRC Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO publishes book on biodiversity
    08 december 2010 16:21:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, FAO has published a book celebrating the richness of biodiversity for food and agriculture in the Southern Caucasus, birthplace of many common foods found on plates all over the world. Full text...

  • Rome hosts conference on Plant Genetic Resources
    08 december 2010 16:03:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Senior representatives of more than 60 countries have met in Rome, Italy, as part of measures to galvanize support for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources and its Benefit-sharing Fund, considered essential to conserve and utilize the world's threatened plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Full text...

  • COMESA region moves to embrace biotech in agric
    08 december 2010 14:45:21
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The 21-member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the continent's largest economic bloc, has stepped up efforts to ensure that the group embraces biotechnology in agriculture to maximise agricultural production. Full text...

  • Benin rice researchers win award
    07 december 2010 20:53:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – A research institution in Benin, which has developed rice varieties being cultivated on 700,000 hectares of land in Africa, has won a prestigious award for its feat. Full text...

  • Water scarcity, a challenge to food security in Near East
    07 december 2010 17:14:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Rapid population growth in the Near East is not being matched by growth in agricultural production, making the region ever-more dependent on food imports and increasingly vulnerable to market and supply shocks. Full text...

  • American named FAO deputy director general
    03 december 2010 15:49:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ann Tutwiler of the US has been appointed one of the two Deputy Directors-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Funding gaps still threaten food supplies
    03 december 2010 15:41:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Floods and droughts in major grain-producing countries this year have triggered a sharp increase in food prices, highlighting the vulnerability of the world's food production systems and agricultural markets. Full text...

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