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  • 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...

  • 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...

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