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  • 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...

  • FAO boosts banana production in Nigeria
    01 december 2010 09:03:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has given Nigeria a grant of US$477,000 to boost the production of plantain and banana for export in the country. Full text...

  • IMF official commends Gambia's agriculture sector
    12 november 2010 18:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A senior official with the International Monetary Fund ( IMF), David Dunn, has said that agriculture remains the major driver of Gambia's economy this year, resulting in the country's excellent performance in 2010. Full text...

  • FAO launches African crop reference calendar
    11 november 2010 19:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- FAO has launched a quick reference calendar, covering 43 major African countries that advises which crops to plant when, according to th e type of agricultural zone from dry lands to highlands. Full text...

  • First pan-African centre for phytosanitary products in Kenya
    05 november 2010 19:30:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The first pesticide centre that processes products used to heal and prevent vegetable diseases has been inaugurated in Kenya by 20 Afric a n member countries in order to ensure food self-sufficiency, PANA learnt Friday f rom sources in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for partnerships to deal with hunger
    05 november 2010 16:58:00
    New York- U&S (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for partnersh ips to enhance the food supply systems in combating global hunger. Full text...

  • ILO official wants West African fishing sector developed
    04 november 2010 19:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director of the sub-regional office for the Internat ional Labour Organization (ILO) for Sahel, Franأ§ois Murangira, on Thursday in D a kar urged African governments to implement regional strategies for the developme n t of the fishing sector. Full text...

  • WFP, Egypt launch project to boost nutrition
    03 november 2010 19:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Egypt have launched a major project to protect Eg y ptian population from vitamin deficiencies, with the production of vitamin-enric h ed vegetable oil beginning this week. Full text...

  • Wheat disease hits Ethiopian regions
    02 november 2010 13:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A wheat disease outbreak in the Oromia regional s tate of Ethiopia has destroyed 410,000 hectares of wheat field, the Food and Agricultural Organis ation (FAO) said in a weekly report Tuesday. Full text...

  • AfricaRice launches project for 3 African countries
    02 november 2010 12:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) Monday in Dakar, Sen egal, launched a project to increase rice production in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal over the next five ye ars. Full text...

  • Agriculture needs to become 'climate-smart', says FAO report
    28 october 2010 17:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Agriculture in developing countries must become 'climate-smart' in order to cope with the combined challenge of feeding a warmer, more heavily populated world, a new FAO report said. Full text...

  • AU Chair urges Africa to fight for agriculture subsidies
    28 october 2010 15:23:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika, who is also the c urrent chairman of the African Union (AU), has urged African ministers of Agricu l ture and Finance to lobby for subsidies in the agriculture sector. Full text...

  • IFAD lends Cameroon US$ 19.2m to improve food security in rural areas
    28 october 2010 14:47:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire - A US$19. ) Full text...

  • Senegal to produce 75,000 tons of horticultural products by 2015
    28 october 2010 12:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal plans to increase its horticultural production to 75,000 tons by 2015 , Ibrahima Wade, Permanent Secretary of the Growth Strate gy (AGS) said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Togo gears up to double rice production by 2018
    27 october 2010 20:50:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo plans to double its rice production by 2018 through the implementation of the National Strategy of Development of Rice Growing (SNDR), w hose document has been submitted for validation at a workshop organised for the p urpose. Full text...

  • Danish prince to Ghana: Do not abandon agriculture because of oil
    27 october 2010 18:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Prince Joachin of Denmark has joined voices, urging the Ghana Government not to neglect its agricultural sector against the backdrop of socio-economic fortunes likely to flow from the country's oil and gas exploration. Full text...

  • UN says donors' support saved food crisis in Niger
    27 october 2010 15:19:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN said that a food crisis in Niger was averted following generous donor response, intervention by the world body, the government's facilitation of the humanitarian effort and good rainfall. Full text...

  • UN report says pressure on land affects millions of farmers
    22 october 2010 17:32:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A new report by the UN independent expert on Right to Food , has said that about 30 million hectares of farmland is yearly lost to environm e ntal degradation, conversion to industrial use or urbanization. Full text...

  • CFS calls for action against food price volatility, hunger
    20 october 2010 14:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has called fo r action on key issues related to food security and nutrition, such as land tenu r e and international investment in agriculture, food price volatility and address i ng food insecurity in protracted crises. Full text...

  • Global fight against hunger: European football leagues to join forces
    20 october 2010 14:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Sixteen European football leagues will dedicate their ma tches to the fight against hunger and poverty as an impressive show of footballi n g solidarity during the "European Match Day against Hunger" (22-24 October), pro m oted by Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the European Professional F o otball Leagues Association (EPFL). Full text...

  • Burundi rice farmers protest
    18 october 2010 22:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) - â" A Japanese food aid of some 5,000 tonnes of rice h as caused a big protest in the Burundian rice farming circles against the backdr o p of fears of a slump in sales of locally produced rice, Burundi's national radi o reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana marks World Food Day
    16 october 2010 17:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) â" Ghana on Saturday marked Wo-rld Food Day with the Ministe r for Food and Agriculture, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, calling for united action and partne r ship between the state, civil society organisations and the private sector at al l levels to overcome hunger. Full text...

  • Pope, Kagame, Diouf call for unity in war against hunger
    16 october 2010 11:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – As the world celebrates Wo-rld Food Day on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Jacques Diouf, have called for global unity in the war against hunger. Full text...

  • Experts call for shift in research into agriculture
    16 october 2010 11:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Experts are calling for a fundamental shift in food and agricultural research to make it more democratic and accountable to society. Full text...

  • UN calls for united action against hunger
    15 october 2010 18:59:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for a united stand against hunger, saying "nearly one billion people are still suffe r ing from food shortages around the globe". Full text...

  • FAO appoints Celine Dion, others as Goodwill Ambassadors
    15 october 2010 09:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was Friday d ue to appoint Italian actor Raoul Bova, Canadian singer Celine Dion, Filipino singer Lea Salonga and American actr ess Susan Sarandon as Goodwill Ambassadors to help in the global fight against hunger. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan says ending hunger in Africa within sight
    14 october 2010 18:01:00
    Des Moines- US (PANA) -- Former UN Secretary-General and Chair of the Alliance fo r a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Kofi Annan, on Thursday declared that the r e was an urgent need for a uniquely African green revolution to entrench food se c urity and overcome hunger throughout the continent. Full text...

  • EU supports Gambia's school feeding programme
    14 october 2010 16:43:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Thursday donated assorted food i tems to 45 schools in regions one and two of the Gambia, PANA reported from here . Full text...

  • Scientists prepare for field trial of drought-tolerant maize
    14 october 2010 13:27:00
    Des Moines- US (PANA) -- Crop specialists in Kenya and Uganda have laid the groundwork for confined field trials to commence later this year for new varieties of maize genetically modified to survive recurrent droughts that threaten over 300 million Africans for whom maize is life. Full text...

  • Malian agro industry firm bags award
    12 october 2010 11:50:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian company Toguna Agro Industries has bagged an aw ard for the quality of its work. Full text...

  • African govts urged to invest more in rural infrastructure
    11 october 2010 09:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Director-General of the Nigeria-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Full text...

  • FAO, WFP urge long-term solutions to check food crises
    08 october 2010 15:57:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) has called for long-term solutions to help c o untries to deal with recurring food crises and high prevalence of hunger. Full text...

  • Twenty two countries in protracted crisis - FAO
    07 october 2010 07:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Twenty-two countries are facing enormous challenges like repeated food crises and an extremely high prevalence of hunger due to a combination of natural disasters, conflict and weak instituti ons, the Food and Angriculture Organisation (FAO) said in its ''state of food insecurity in the World 2010'' report published together with th e World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Forest biodiversity at risk, FAO warns
    04 october 2010 19:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The world's forest biodiversity is threatened by a high global rate of deforestation and forest degradation as well as a decline in prim a ry forest area. Full text...

  • Zambia to host Africa's honey confab
    03 october 2010 13:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a bid to upscale its activities in the honey sector among the countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) will host the APITRADE AFRICA/APIEXPO 2010 in Zambia 26-29 October, according to the latest edition of ACTESA newsletter. Full text...

  • Int'l body vows to "fight" malnutrition in West Africa
    29 september 2010 19:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An international organization, the Macronutrient Initiative (MI), has said it is committed to supporting efforts to combat malnutrition in ECOWAS' member countries. Full text...

  • Gates Foundation helps tackle urban poverty in 5 African cities
    29 september 2010 18:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednes day announced a US$ 27. Full text...

  • FAO says small-scale dairy production way out of poverty
    29 september 2010 16:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Making smallholder dairy production more competitive could be a powerful tool for reducing poverty, raising nutrition levels and improving the livelihood of rural people in many developing countries, FAO said in a news report on smallholder milk production, published Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Greener cities may be key to abundant food production'
    28 september 2010 12:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For policy makers and urban planners in poor countries, greener cities could be the key to ensuring safe, nutritious food, sustainable livelihoods and healthier communitie s, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a statement in Rome Tuesday. Full text...

  • Scientists arrive in Senegal for World Cowpea confab
    27 september 2010 12:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Scientists drawn from various nations are converging on Dakar, Senegal, this week to attend the Fifth World Cowpea Research Conference, according to a statement made available to PANA by the International Institute o f Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Full text...

  • Benin to subsidise cotton inputs with 4b FCFA
    27 september 2010 12:04:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese government will next week release 3,960,937 FCFA to subsidise the cost of cotton inputs for farmers, the government has announced in a statement. Full text...

  • FAO member states recommend measures to address price volatility
    25 september 2010 12:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Experts from more than 75 FAO Member States agreed on Fr iday that while there were no grounds for complacency, there was no indication o f an impending world food crisis. Full text...

  • African fisheries and aquaculture ministers end meeting in Banjul
    25 september 2010 09:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's vice president and minister for women affairs, Mrs. Full text...

  • African countries urged to combat illegal fishing
    24 september 2010 22:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A fisheries expert on Friday urged African countries to come together and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their te r ritories. Full text...

  • Gambian leader calls for better deal for Africa's fishes
    24 september 2010 18:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has stressed the need f or Africans to push for fair and better deals for fish products in international trade, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

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