Agriculture -
  • Niger approves cattle breeding programme
    01 april 2011 14:33:05
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger Friday approved a National Programme of Genetic Improvement of Local Cattle (PNAG/BL), worth 10 billion CFA francs, a news release issued here disclosed. Full text...

  • Food insecurity persists in Niger, says government
    01 april 2011 13:55:23
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Despite several strategies being implemented, food insecurity is still a major concern in Niger, four years to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), just like the 2004-2005 and 2009-2010 crisis that hit the country, a government statement disclosed. Full text...

  • French development agency grants Malian firm 170m FCFA
    01 april 2011 11:57:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted Malian firm Jatropha-Mali Initiative (JMI) 170.5 million FCFA (260,000 euro) to promote the growth of the plant, sources at the Malian Agriculture Ministry told PANA. Full text...

  • Nigerian cocoa producers request 150b naira intervention fund
    31 march 2011 10:44:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian cocoa farmers are canvassing for a special intervention fund to the tune of 150 billion naira to allow them expand their farms and further penetrate international cocoa markets, cashing in on the recent short supply caused by the crisis in the world's top cocoa producer, Cote’d Ivoire (US$1=150 Naira). Full text...

  • Niger, World Bank sign financing agreement for agric project
    30 march 2011 15:31:35
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Minister of Economy and Finance, Mahamane Malam Annou, and the Resident Representative of the World Bank in the country, Nestor Coffi, Wednesday signed an agreement here to finance the Emergency Support Project to food security and rural Development (PUSADER), PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Africa set to implement sustainable strategies for fisheries sector
    29 march 2011 20:11:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The director of the sub-regional office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the Sahel, François Murangira, has urged African governments to develop sustainable regional strategies for the fisheries sector. Full text...

  • Niger hosts int'l conference on food, nutritional security
    27 march 2011 16:24:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - An international conference on food security in Niger opens Monday in Niamey, to share views, experiences and lessons and to look into new directions for a multi sectoral policy and handling of food and nutritional insecurity in Niger. Full text...

  • 7th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting ends in Cameroon
    27 march 2011 10:33:41
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The seventh edition of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting ended over the weekend in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with a call on the participating countries to work towards the realization of the goals of CAADP. Full text...

  • Rwanda launches irrigation project in drought-hit Northeast
    25 march 2011 18:25:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has launched an irrigation project aimed at providing water from the Muvumba river to some localities in the Umutara region for farming, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • Mali launches major programme to increase agric production
    25 march 2011 13:24:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government Thursday launched a major programme aimed at increasing agricultural production in the country, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • Africa leaders told to invest more on agricultural research
    25 march 2011 12:49:17
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) - Participants in the seventh Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting have urged African leaders to put more resources into agricultural research as a way of boosting food production and reducing poverty and hunger. Full text...

  • Gambia launches multi-million-dollar agricultural project
    23 march 2011 21:22:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has launched US$24-million project funded by the World Bank and geared towards increased agricultural production in the West African nation. Full text...

  • World Bank supports Gambia’s agricultural sector
    23 march 2011 19:23:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Growth and Competitiveness Project (GGCP) and the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAP), financed by the World Bank Group in the Agricultural sector to the tune of $12 million each, were launched here Wednesday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • CAADP partnership platform meeting begins in Cameroon
    23 march 2011 19:23:09
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) - The seventh edition of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme CAADP Partnership Platform PP meeting has opened in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with host President, Paul Biya declaring support to develop agriculture in Africa. Full text...

  • Belgium gives Burundi 5m euros for Agriculture
    23 march 2011 14:14:04
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Belgium will release 5 million euros over the next six years to assist the Burundian government in developing the agricultural sector and ensuring food security for its people, a diplomatic source told PANA here. Full text...

  • Africa agriculture experts brainstorm in Cameroon
    22 march 2011 20:04:33
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Participants, including agriculture experts, development partners, researchers, scientists and other stakeholders from across Africa and beyond have arrived in Cameroon for the seventh Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme(CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) conference, to be held 23-25 March in Yaoundé, the capital. Full text...

  • AfricaRice reiterates commitment to rice research
    22 march 2011 18:53:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Benin Republic-based AfricaRice Centre Board of Trustees played a leading role in the recently-launched Global Rice Partnership (GRiSP) aimed at contributing to lowering rice prices and reducing poverty by 10% across the continent, according to an official statement on Tuesday, made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Cameroun to host 7th CAADP forum 23-25 march
    18 march 2011 14:27:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The seventh Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) meeting will be held 23 - 25 March in Yaounde, Cameroon, with the theme: "Mutual Accountability in the Formulation and Implementation of Country CAADP Investment Plans", according to a release from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD), made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Senegal urged to stop plunder of fish stocks
    17 march 2011 22:02:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Association of Senegalese Shipowners and Industrialists (GAIPES), Dougoutigui Coulibaly, on Thursday called on the Senegalese government to stop the plunder of the country's fish stocks by big fishing boats. Full text...

  • World Bank lends Morocco more than US$340 million
    16 march 2011 22:04:36
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The World Bank has granted Morocco more than US$340 million in two separate agreements for the financing of the modernization of agriculture and urban transportation, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Agric ministers commit to review world crop gene pool"
    12 march 2011 18:01:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Agriculture ministers and senior officials from more than 100 countries have committed to review the global crop gene pool of the International Treaty on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, urging those countries which have not signed the farming biodiversity treaty to do so as soon as possible. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers of Livestock meet in Bamako
    11 march 2011 17:03:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A meeting of Ministers in charge of Livestock in ECOWAS’ member states began here Thursday with the aim of validating the action plan for the development of livestock raising in the sub-region. Full text...

  • IFAD grants Guinea US$18m for food sufficiency
    11 march 2011 11:38:30
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced a grant of US$18 million to help Guinea attain food self-sufficiency, the organization’s director for Africa, Mohamed Béavogui, said Thursday after an audience with President Alpha Condé. Full text...

  • France and FAO want more funding for agriculture
    09 march 2011 20:48:28
    Paris, France (PANA) – France and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) want more funding for the agricultural sector to increase world production by 70 per cent to feed the 9 billion inhabitants of the planet in 2050, the spokesman of the French ministry of foreign affairs, Bernard Valero, said on Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • WFP steps up food distribution in Mogadishu
    09 march 2011 18:33:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) said Wednesday it had started an emergency distribution of food aid to an additional 50,000 people in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in response to the severe shortages caused by the prevailing drought. Full text...

  • Indonesia hosts FAO conference on Int'l Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food
    09 march 2011 17:46:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Indonesia will Friday, in Bali, host a conference on the international treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food as well as an Agriculture ministerial conference, according to a press release from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) received by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN study calls for ecological farming to boost food production
    08 march 2011 18:27:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN study released on Tuesday has called for a fundamental shift towards agro-ecology as a poverty alleviation measure, saying that small-scale farmers can double food production in a decade by using simple ecological methods. Full text...

  • FAO moves to deal with escalating food prizes
    08 march 2011 15:52:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In response to the current rise in food prices, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will, in partnership with stakeholders, run a series of seminars in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Near East to help governments to make informed decisions on how to respond to high food prices, the organization announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Netherlands grants Mali CFA F 4 billion for food
    08 march 2011 13:49:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A 6 million-euros (almost CFA F 4 billion) Netherlands-sponsored project for the development of the inner Niger Delta (PADIN) for 2011-2012 has been launched in the Mopti region of Mali. Full text...

  • FAO report makes strong business case for investing in women
    07 march 2011 15:54:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Agricultural production could be increased and the number of hungry people reduced by 100-150 million, if women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education and markets as men, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said here Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe clinches US$500m Chinese cotton deal
    07 march 2011 12:45:57
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - China and Zimbabwe have struck a US$500 million cotton production and export deal, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Two West African countries partner to promote agric research
    06 march 2011 12:01:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ghana and Liberia have agreed, in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) facilitated by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), to jointly develop, promote and implement research activities to improve the agricultural sector in the two West African countries. Full text...

  • Bamako to host workshop on shea
    05 march 2011 18:07:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government and the International Trade Centre (ITC) will hold a workshop on shea nut in Bamako on 10 and 11 March to identify priority actions of development of the crop for the next five years. Full text...

  • Senegalese minister urges African researchers to boost agriculture
    03 march 2011 21:24:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese agriculture minister, Khadim Guèye, on Thursday called for the involvement of African researchers in boosting agriculture in Africa. Full text...

  • FAO says global food prices increase
    03 march 2011 21:14:30
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  • Burundi to produce 19,000 tons of sugar in 2011
    03 march 2011 11:33:20
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The sugar company of Moso (SOSUMO) in Burundi expects to produce 19,000 tons of sugar in 2011, against 14,000 tons produced in the previous year, representing an increase of 33 percent, according to the Management of the state-run company. Full text...

  • EU, Sao Tome and Principe sign fishing agreement
    28 february 2011 22:56:41
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Republic of Sao Tome and Principe and the European Union (EU) have concluded a new fishing agreement for three months. Full text...

  • Japan gives Burundi US$ 4.3m for food
    24 february 2011 14:37:20
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Japanese government will disburse an overall amount of US$ 4.3 million to assist Burundi deal with its most urgent food needs, PANA learnt from diplomatic sources in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • World Bank threatens to suspend support for Agric projects in Congo
    23 february 2011 15:55:33
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Bank (WB) has threatened to suspend its support to the Project of Agricultural Development and Rehabilitation of Rural Tracks (PDARP), executed in Congo for three years with its assistance, following the unsatisfactory results from the field, PANA learnt from the Congolese Agriculture Ministry. Full text...

  • Int'l researchers meet on mycorrhizae in Africa
    21 february 2011 17:44:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A three-day workshop, bringing together policy makers, farmers, researchers, teachers, students, from several Senegalese research institutions and abroad, opened here Monday, with a view to sharing research findings on mycorrhizae and setting up an international network of researchers and teachers, working in the field in Africa. Full text...

  • FAO to fight against epidemic of bacterial wilt in DRC
    21 february 2011 12:15:37
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to join the fight against the epidemic of bacterial wilt, a disease affecting bananas in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a statement issued by the organisation. Full text...

  • Minister announces plans to revitalise Angolan agrarian sector
    18 february 2011 16:29:21
    Lubango, Angola (PANA) - The construction of silos in Caconda, Caála, Catete, Ganda and Sanza Pombo, aimed at the storage of 36,000 tonnes of grains, is part of the revitalisation programme of the Angolan agrarian sector. Full text...

  • IFAD grants Mali CFA 15b to improve agricultural productivity
    18 february 2011 13:03:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has given Mali a loan of US$31.70 million and a grant of US$294,729 to help the country improve agricultural productivity in rural areas, PANA learnt from reliable source. Full text...

  • 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...

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