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  • FAO cuts wheat production forecast
    06 august 2010 09:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The impact of unfavourable weather on crops in recent we eks has led the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to cut its global wheat p roduction forecast for 2010 to 651 million tonnes, from 676 million tonnes repor t ed in June. Full text...

  • USADF announces food security programme for Kenya's arid region
    04 august 2010 21:15:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The United States African Development Foundatio n (USADF) on Wednesday announced its intention to provide funding for a five-yea r food security and economic development programme to aid the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya, which has both high unemployment and food insecurity but few s ustainable job opportunities. Full text...

  • Anti-hunger signatories surpass 250,000 mark
    03 august 2010 15:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 250,000 people have signed an FAO petition on the 1billionhungry. Full text...

  • Three Rwandans bag CGIAR scholarships
    03 august 2010 08:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Three female Rwandan researchers have been granted schol arships by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), for their wor k in the agricultural sector in favour of rural populations struck by poverty, PANA learn t Monday from official sources in Kigali. Full text...

  • FAO invests US$ 10m on farming projects in Angola
    02 august 2010 17:27:00
    Kuito- Angola (PANA) -- About US$ 10 million was spent in the past three years by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), on the food securit y programme in the country's 18 provinces. Full text...

  • Bamako to host regional workshop on intensive rice growing system
    02 august 2010 14:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Intensive Rice Growing System (SRI), implemented in Mali i n 2009, will be the focal point at a regional workshop 10-13 August in the Malia n capital, Bamako, official sources disclosed to PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • African porcine plague spreads to Northern Togo
    31 july 2010 13:47:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- African porcine plague (PPA) - a swine fever caused by a vir us - has been spreading in the northern part of Togo, the ministry of livestock farming said. Full text...

  • EU grants 15 million euros as food assistance to Zimbabwe
    27 july 2010 18:18:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- In a report released to the press in Brussels, the Belgian capital, the European Union Commission said it had made available 15 million Euros to Zimbabwe "to support the re-establishment of essential health and water supply services and to provide short-term food assistance and a wide range of livelihood support in Zimbabwe". Full text...

  • Zimbabwe revises up tobacco output
    27 july 2010 07:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Authorities in Zimbabwe Tuesday revised the country's tobacco output this year to 114 million kilogrammes, up from 77 million kilogrammes earlier forecast. Full text...

  • Jatropha, bioenergy crop, to benefit poor farmers globally
    22 july 2010 18:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Using the energy crop, jatropha, for biodiesel productio n could benefit poor farmers, particularly in the semi-arid and remote areas of d eveloping countries, according to a report published by the FAO and the Internat i onal Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Thursday But the report stresses that jatropha is still essentially a wild plant needing crop improvement. Full text...

  • Spanish Red Cross invests 3m euros in Angola food security
    21 july 2010 18:59:00
    Kuito- Angola (PANA) -- About three million euros will be donated in four years ( 2010-2014) by the Spanish Red Cross (CVE) for food security and nutritional prog r ammes being implemented in the districts of Cunhinga, Camacupa and Kuito, Biأ© p r ovinces of Angola, PANA reported from here Wednesday, quoting the African countr y 's news agency, ANGOP. Full text...

  • Africaâ?s agriculture records 5% growth rate despite challenges
    21 july 2010 18:43:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Despite the various challenges confronting th e agricultural sector in Africa, most countries in the continent have recorded a five per cent agriculture growth rate in the last 10 years, according to the Exe c utive Secretary of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Monty J o nes. Full text...

  • Rapid losses of native livestock threaten Africa's food supply
    20 july 2010 17:38:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Urgent action is needed to stop the rapid and alarming loss of genetic diversity of African livestock that provide food and in come to 70 per cent of rural Africans, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at a gathering of African scientists and development experts here. Full text...

  • FAO mobilizes CFA F 182m for Mali's agro-pastoral region
    16 july 2010 16:36:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali and FAO have signed an agreement to the tune of about CFAF 182 million for emergency assistance for the reintegration of people affected by the crisis in the agro-pastoral region of Kidal in the far northern Mali, PANA learnt here Friday from the country's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Full text...

  • FAO provides free access to food, hunger info
    11 july 2010 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is providing the largest and most comprehensive statistical database on food, agriculture an d hunger, the UN agency announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Malawi, Zambia, Uganda to benefit from EU facility programme
    11 july 2010 08:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three African countries, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda are t o benefit from a two-year European Union food facility programme being implement e d by the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), a c cording to the latest edition of ACTESA newsletter, made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • FAO boss visits Gambia
    11 july 2010 08:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) â" Senegalese--born Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Full text...

  • Agrodealers seek more support for private farm entrepreneurs in Africa
    09 july 2010 12:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Participants at the first ever Strategic Planning Works hop on Agrodealer Development here have called for greater support for the development of private entrepreneurship in ru ral areas. Full text...

  • International experts peg melamine levels in food
    06 july 2010 17:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infan t formula is 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and a n imal feed is 2. Full text...

  • Nigeria commends IITA over strides in cassava production
    03 july 2010 10:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Ibadan, south west Nigeria, has been commended by the Nigerian government for its contribution towards cassava enterprise development, as the country intensifies the campaign to diversify its economy. Full text...

  • FAO says tea production boosts farmers' income in Kenya
    28 june 2010 17:46:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said te a production in Kenya is enhancing food security by increasing farmers' income. Full text...

  • Cocoa producing nations sign pact on trading
    26 june 2010 18:07:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The world’s leading cocoa-producing and consuming countries have signed a new agreement that aims to make the global trade in the US$10 billion industry fairer and more sustainable. Full text...

  • FAO urges careful regulations of food futures market
    25 june 2010 19:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some regulation of commodities' futures markets is desirable, according to the FAO but any intervention should be cautious and stop short of imposing tight limits or an outright ban on such trading. Full text...

  • Famine affects 60% of Chadian households
    25 june 2010 18:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In Chad, six out of 10 households are now affected by famine, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced in a statement here on Friday. Full text...

  • FAO, EU bolster support to drought-ridden Sahel
    25 june 2010 18:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Amid a growing food crisis in the Sahel that is putting millions at risk of hunger, FAO has started providing quality seeds to 100,000 vulnerable farmers in Burkina Faso, as part of an 18 million euros operation funded by the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Libyan official hails world's efforts for food self-sufficiency
    23 june 2010 23:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The spectre of famine as following the food deficit haun ting the world has become a major concern for all political and economic policy m akers to ensure food self-sufficiency to meet the nutritional needs of populatio n s, the head of the Guidance and Agricultural Information Centre at the Libyan Ge n eral People's Committee for Agriculture, Animal and Maritime Resources, Mohamed M ostafa Hosni, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Answers to draught in Sahel are insufficient'
    23 june 2010 21:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The answers to the draught prevailing in the Sahel and the severe food crisis remain insufficient, despite the mobilization of the countries in the Sahel and their partners to alleviate the problem, the Permanent Interstate Committee for Draught Control in the Sahel (CILSS) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Fourth Agro-Fisheries exhibition begins in Libya
    22 june 2010 16:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the International Agriculture and Fisheries Exhibition, dubbed 'Agro-Libya', began in Libya Monday at the Tripoli International Fair, with more than 100 local companies exhibiting their equipment and agricultural products. Full text...

  • AGRA presents programme to boost agric production in Ghana
    22 june 2010 12:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A strategy aimed at boosting agricultural production and increasing Ghana's staple crop self-sufficiency has been presented to the Government of Ghana, development partners, and private sector players in the capital Accra. Full text...

  • Aflatoxins control tool opens window for investors
    21 june 2010 23:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The development of a biological control of aflatoxins using aflasafe technology has opened up opportunity for investors and relief to farmers across Africa who annually suffer great loss from the contamination of farm produce, the International Institute of tropical Agriculture(IITA) based in Ibadan, south west Nigeria, said in a statement made available to PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • FAO steps food production boosting efforts in Sahel
    21 june 2010 23:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is stepping up support to farmers and pastoralists in Niger as part of its response to the a l arming food situation in the Sahel, with new operations benefiting an estimated 2 . Full text...

  • FAO report warns on rising food prices in next decade
    16 june 2010 17:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A new report by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said that global prices of food could climb by as much as 40 per cent in the coming decade. Full text...

  • Over 50 million people benefit from EU Food Facility
    16 june 2010 17:16:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Over 50 million people in Africa and elsewhere in target countries benefited from loans of the Food Facility, a special instrument with a budget of 1 billion euros, established a year ago by the European Union (EU) to face the food crisis in developing countries, official sources said. Full text...

  • WFP suspends airlift of food to needy West African countries
    16 june 2010 15:44:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A lack of funding has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to suspend humanitarian flights to three West African countries since Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi to prevent hunger with 800,000 metric tonnes in surplus maize
    15 june 2010 18:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A senior Malawi agriculture official has said the southern African country has up to 800,000 metric tonnes in surplus maize to cushion effects of the dry spell that see some parts of the country to produce very little or no food at all. Full text...

  • UN committee says food sources need diversity
    10 june 2010 23:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Standing Committee on Nutrition has called for more div erse food sources to curb the impact of climate change on agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO to help Gabon ensure food security
    05 june 2010 12:29:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will h elp Gabon achieve its food security project, the presidential spokesperson, Guy- B ertrand Mapangou, said on Friday in Libreville, the Gabonese capital. Full text...

  • World Bank funds Mali's agriculture sector
    04 june 2010 18:30:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The World Bank and international donors have released US$ 160 million to the Malian government to advance sustainable agricultural practic e s, the bank said on Friday. Full text...

  • Programme to boost cassava use launched for 30,000 farmers
    04 june 2010 13:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Farm Concern International have launched a 3-year programme that will help 30,0 0 0 small holder farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania increase cassava for food a n d industrial use by processing it at village level. Full text...

  • EU beefs up global food security support
    04 june 2010 12:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has added 13. Full text...

  • FAO report says global food prices fall
    03 june 2010 17:20:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) sa id Thursday that international prices of key food staples dropped in the first f i ve months of this year. Full text...

  • 'Weather insurance offers lifeline to poor farmers'
    03 june 2010 11:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Weather insurance can have a sustainable role i n protecting poor farmers from going bankrupt after drought or floods, according to a study released Thursday by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Intern a tional Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Workshop to improve fish quality opens
    01 june 2010 20:23:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A six-day regional capacity building workshop aimed at improving the quality of fish opened in Banjul on Tuesday with participating countries calling for assistance to address the increasingly stringent sanitary and phytosanitary requirements of the export market. Full text...

  • Angola bank makes available US$50 million for agriculture
    30 may 2010 19:50:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Sol Bank of Angola has made available nearly US$50 milli on as agriculture loans to farmers, the manager of micro-credit programme of the bank, Carla Van-Dunem, announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • ICRC assists Mali, Niger cattle herders affected by drought
    30 may 2010 10:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is s upporting more than 10,000 cattle herders in Mali and Niger affected by drought t hrough the purchase and distribution of 38,000 herds of cattle to them, accordin g to a statement from the humanitarian organisation obtained by PANA in Dakar on S aturday. Full text...

  • WFP, Rome partner against global hunger
    28 may 2010 13:38:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Italian capital, Rome, have signed an agreement under which the city, where the agency's headquarters is located, will co-sponsor global efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition. Full text...

  • WFP warns of challenges as drought-hit Sahel enters hunger season
    28 may 2010 11:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Friday warned of growing needs in the Eastern Sahel region of West Africa, where some 10 million people are facing a challenging season of hunger before th e next harvest is due in September. Full text...

  • WECARD's general meeting opens in Benin
    27 may 2010 16:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The ninth meeting of the West and Central African Counci l for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD) started Thursday in Cotonou , on the sidelines of the second Agricultural Science week. Full text...

  • Senegalese researcher presents fish dryer at Cotonou exhibition
    27 may 2010 13:08:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Senegalese researcher Moustapha Deme has presented the f ish smoking oven, tagged "Chorkor and Parpaing", at the ongoing second scientific agricultural week organised by the West and Cen tral Africa for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF). Full text...

  • Meeting on agriculture in Africa opens in Benin
    25 may 2010 22:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Second West and Central African agricultural scienti fic week began on Tuesday in Cotonou on the initiative of the West and Central A f rican Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD). Full text...

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