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  • 'World food prices set to remain high'
    07 june 2011 13:32:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - High and volatile agricultural commodity prices are likely to prevail for the rest of 2011 and into 2012, according to the latest analysis published Tuesday in the biannual 'Food Outlook' of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • AFD grants Mali's farming organisation over FCFA 2.4b
    07 june 2011 12:39:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted over FCFA 2.4 billion to the regional Chamber of Agriculture in Segou, central Mali, under a financing agreement signed here Monday Full text...

  • Libreville hosts African conference on aquaculture
    02 june 2011 17:51:00
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - A three-day regional seminar on commercial aquaculture development strategies will commence on 8 June in Libreville, Gabon, to facilitate fishing cooperation between African countries riparian of the Atlantic Ocean (COMHAFAT), based in Rabat, Morocco. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns US$239m from tobacco exports
    02 june 2011 12:41:48
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe has earned US$239 million from tobacco exports since the marketing season opened in February, a national marketing agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reports fresh outbreak of foot and mouth disease
    31 may 2011 12:08:36
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said Tuesday foot and mouth disease had broken out in the south of the country, affecting thousands of cattle. Full text...

  • 'Stemming post-harvest waste crucial to African food security'
    31 may 2011 10:55:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A report released Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Bank has said investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce food losses could significantly increase the food supply in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana in record cocoa harvest
    30 may 2011 20:27:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana, the world's second largest producer of cocoa after Cote d'Ivoire, says it saw a record harvest in the main crop season of the 2010/11 year, which ended a few weeks ago. Full text...

  • Kenyan Govt declares drought national disaster
    30 may 2011 19:56:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has declared the country's current drought a national disaster and ordered the government to use all means within its reach to deal with the crisis. Full text...

  • IITA research initiative receives nod from Nordic ambassadors
    29 may 2011 20:14:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The quality research and scientific professionalism demonstrated at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in fighting hunger and poverty in tropical countries, has been commended by Ambassadors from Finland, Norway and Sweden, according to a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • India to prop up Tanzania's agricultural production
    27 may 2011 13:52:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – India has pledged support to Tanzania’s efforts in adapting modern technology for improved agricultural production, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • WB grants Togo 5.6b FCFA for agric
    27 may 2011 12:46:30
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The World Bank Thursday granted Togo US$12 million, or about 5.6 billion FCFA, to finance the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP), PANA reported. Full text...

  • AGRA, USDA sign MOU to cooperate on African food security
    27 may 2011 10:43:44
    Washington, US (PANA) - The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore ways to help smallholder farmers in Africa through coordinated research, exchanges, training and development activities, an AGRA statement obtained by PANA here said. Full text...

  • Gambian President hands over management of tractors to women
    25 may 2011 20:47:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has ordered the governors of his country to transfer the management of recently donated tractors to the womenfolk of the West African country. Full text...

  • Sub-regional workshop on food standards in West Africa opens in Dakar
    24 may 2011 17:14:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A sub-regional capacity building workshop on the theme: "Food standards development", opened Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal, for members of the West African Peasant and Producers Organizations Network. Full text...

  • UN agency gives US$ 17.4m to help farmers in Chad
    23 may 2011 17:10:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Monday announced a financial package of US$ 17.4 million aimed at helping some 132,000 poor people in southern Chad. Full text...

  • USAID funds Gambia's fisheries project
    20 may 2011 15:41:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A fisheries project, Ba-Nafaa, aimed at supporting the Gambian government to achieve its fisheries management and development objectives is being funded by the United States Agency International Development (USAID) to the tune of more than US$ 2 million. Full text...

  • Research group calls for food security in Africa
    18 may 2011 22:33:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Director-General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Senggen Fan, has said the steep increases in prices of basic commodities, such as cereals, are harmful for the poorest consumers who devote a large part of their incomes to food. Full text...

  • Agric experts demand strong seed sector in Africa
    16 may 2011 22:10:41
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  • Potato earns Sikasso 13 billion FCFA annually
    16 may 2011 21:23:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Potato earns the southern Mali region of Sikasso about 10 to 13 billion FCFA annually, the Malian News Agency (AMAP) reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Greenpeace Africa critical of Africa-EU fishing agreements
    13 may 2011 16:16:19
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - As fisheries ministers from around the globe meet in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the future of fishing agreements between EU and foreign countries, Greenpeace Africa has called for a fairer and sustainable fishing partnership that will protect the livelihoods of West African fishing communities. Full text...

  • 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted yearly - FAO
    11 may 2011 16:48:42
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year - approximately 1.3 billion tonnes - gets lost or wasted, according to an FAO-commissioned study. Full text...

  • Mali processing cashew nuts locally
    10 may 2011 16:38:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is to begin active local processing of cashew nuts, the second commercial crop in the southern part of the country, after cotton, according to the country's Minister of Agriculture, Aghatam Ag Alhassane. Full text...

  • Eat what you grow, Jammeh tells Gambians
    10 may 2011 14:14:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Monday urged his people to depend less on imported food stuff and eat what is grown in the West African nation, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mali plans 9m tonnes cereal production in 2011-2012
    09 may 2011 16:50:08
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Ministry of Agriculture plans to reap about nine million tonnes from cereals in the 2011-2012 agricultural campaign, PANA learnt Monday from an official source. Full text...

  • Jammeh distributes tractors to Gambian farmers
    09 may 2011 14:38:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, was due to distribute tractors to farmers in the tiny West Africa country Monday, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Mauritania to increase grain production
    06 may 2011 18:46:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government will build 480 dams and dikes to make available 144,000 new hectares to improve grain production, said Secretary General of Ministry of Rural Development, Mohamed Ould Aida, quoted Friday by the Mauritanian Information Agency (AMI). Full text...

  • Global food prices hold steady, cereals markets remain tight
    05 may 2011 10:11:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food prices remained virtually steady in April after falling in March following eight months of successive increases, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo to develop cassava sector
    04 may 2011 12:18:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government Tuesday in Brazzaville launched a US$252,000 project to support the implementation of a strategy to develop the cassava sector. Full text...

  • EU and Cape Verde fishing agreement submitted to EU Parliament
    03 may 2011 20:41:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commission has forwarded to Parliament for approval the text of a new fishing agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cape Verde, as the current protocol is due to expire in August, PANA learned from official sources in Brussels on Tuesday. Full text...

  • BOAD gives 4 million F CFA loan to Senegal for agricultural projects
    02 may 2011 21:15:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has granted Senegal's National Agricultural Credit Fund (CNCAS) a loan of 4 billion FCFA to re-finance agricultural productive investment projects. Full text...

  • FAO urges African countries to establish pesticide risk assessment tools
    02 may 2011 15:11:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese representative at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Amadou Ouattara, here Monday urged African countries to develop tools to assess the risks of pesticides in order to appropriately inform and sensitize the public and policy makers. Full text...

  • WFP suspends food aid in parts of Southern Sudan
    29 april 2011 16:01:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday it suspended operations in two areas of the soon-to-be independent Southern Sudan, following direct attacks on its workers and rising violence in the region. Full text...

  • FAO supports new network to strengthen Africa's seed market
    29 april 2011 08:40:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With the support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the African Union (AU) and the African Seed Network have set up a pan-African network of seed testing laboratories to speed up the harmonisation of a continent-wide seed market in traditional and non-traditional crops. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts seminar on rise in prices of foodstuffs
    28 april 2011 21:52:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunis will from 2-4 May host a seminar aimed at drawing up plans to address the rise in the prices of foodstuffs in Maghreb countries. Full text...

  • Research group calls for effective water management for agriculture
    27 april 2011 21:37:29
    Washington, D.C. US (PANA) - An international research organisation says increasing demand for water continues to threaten the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers who depend on water for their crops. Full text...

  • Gabon, Israeli company sign 9.5 billion FCFA agreement on farming
    23 april 2011 11:28:41
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – The Gabonese government and the Israeli company, LR Group, Friday signed an agreement, worth 9.5 billion FCFA, under which six agro-pastoral farms will be established in the African country, according to Gabonese television (RTG1). Full text...

  • 1,562 cattle from Brazil arrive DRC
    22 april 2011 17:39:32
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A head of 1,562 domestic animals from the Brazilian firm, Endereco do Exportador, have arrived at the port of Boma, in the south-west of DR Congo as part of the re-launch of the activities of the Grands Elevages (GEL) company, based in the Bas-Congo. Full text...

  • NEPAD chief receives award from France
    20 april 2011 22:16:04
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  • World Bank funds agriculture in Togo
    20 april 2011 16:17:28
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The World Bank has granted Togo US$ 37 million to help make agriculture the engine of economic growth in the West African nation, sources close to the institution's mission in Lome said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia expecting promising agricultural season
    19 april 2011 15:34:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Mokhtar Jallali, announced that wheat stocks available in the country would meet national needs until next July, assuring that the next harvest would enable Tunisia to scale down importation of some varieties of cereals. Full text...

  • Yellow rust threatens wheat production in East, North Africa
    19 april 2011 12:48:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The proliferation of yellow rust wheat disease is a threat to food security and well-being of farmers in North and East Africa, the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) warns in a statement issued Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Earth Day: Institute offers 15 ways agric can end poverty
    18 april 2011 17:10:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet has declared that rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. Full text...

  • African executives receive training on health safety in agriculture
    15 april 2011 17:47:37
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Forty African executives will receive training on food safety and fresh produce quality management systems, starting next week in Agadir, southern Morocco, PANA learnt Friday in Rabat. Full text...

  • Indian appointed FAO Deputy Director-General
    15 april 2011 15:39:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has appointed Manoj Juneja, an Indian, as one of the organisation's two Deputy Directors-General. Full text...

  • Zim rakes in US$220m from tobacco
    15 april 2011 12:51:22
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe has earned US$220 million from tobacco exports since February, a national marketing agency for the crop said Friday. Full text...

  • Programme to increase agric productivity launched in Ghana
    15 april 2011 12:07:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A new initiative aimed at developing a strong policy support system in Ghana to drive the country towards the attainment of a green revolution was launched in Accra Friday by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in collaboration with the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Full text...

  • Malian singing couple nominated WFP, EU ambassadors against hunger
    13 april 2011 15:56:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - World-famous Malian singing couple, Amadou and Mariam, have been nominated ambassadors against hunger by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union (EU), according to a communiqué of the UN agency, made available Wednesday to PANA, here. Full text...

  • Study laments poor agricultural research in Africa
    07 april 2011 23:40:02
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  • FAO says global food prices drop (Corrected)
    07 april 2011 18:58:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday global food prices have dropped for the first time after eight months of continuous rise, pointing out, however, that the prices are still 37 per cent higher than they were in March of last year. Full text...

  • FAO says global food prices drops
    07 april 2011 17:02:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday global food prices have dropped for the first time after eight months of continuous rise, pointing out, however, that the prices are still 37 per cent higher than they were in March of last year. Full text...

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