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  • Switzerland: Ocean conference eyes cutting US$35 billion in fisheries subsidies – UN
    11 may 2017 07:08:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Harmful fishing subsidies that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as US$35 billion, fisheries experts from the United Nations trade and development agency have said, highlighting one of the key issues that will be debated at next month's Ocean Conference. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB, African heads of state to discuss youth in agriculture
    06 may 2017 12:38:53
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to bring African heads of state together to discuss the involvement of youth in agriculture, according to the bank's media outlet. Full text...

  • Rome: Addressing migration requires investments in sustainable rural dev't - FAO
    05 may 2017 21:21:02
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Friday welcomed the new report published by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on food security, conflict and international migration. Full text...

  • US: UN forum highlights broad financing for sustainable forest management
    05 may 2017 05:03:07
    New York, US (PANA) – A United Nations meeting on sustainable management of forests has discussed the importance of mobilizing resources from a diverse range of actors to ensure broad ownership as well as to advance the overall sustainable development agenda. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO Food Price Index dips again in April, led by sugar and vegetable oils
    04 may 2017 09:44:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food commodity prices fell in April amid expectations of ongoing robust supplies of many key staples, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Aquaculture projects to kick off in Botswana
    03 may 2017 09:54:48
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced plans to commence aquaculture projects in June to help eradicate poverty. Full text...

  • US: UN marks first World Tuna Day
    03 may 2017 06:17:34
    New York, US (PANA) – As the UN marked the first World Tuna Day The UN Legal Council has called for the protection of precious tuna resources and their surrounding ecosystems. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: UN food agencies urge govts to step up food action in African countries facing famine
    29 april 2017 06:05:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Unless urgent action is taken to feed people in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, more than 20 million people will not find enough food to eat, the heads of the United Nations food agencies warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO warns that 20 million people could starve to death in next six months
    24 april 2017 12:45:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday at the opening of the UN food agency's Council meeting. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency
    21 april 2017 07:08:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – The United Nations agricultural agency has created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government calls for strategies to eradicate beef measles
    18 april 2017 07:29:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s agriculture minister has challenged the nation to proactively initiate strategies to eradicate beef measles, threatening the country’s beef industry. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO works to make international trade in plants, seeds a safer venture
    13 april 2017 08:35:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The international body that oversees plant health has taken a big step forward with the adoption of a new global standard to help ensure that the international trade in plants and seeds, while very profitable, is also safer, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: Consumers International, FAO sign agreement to help end hunger
    12 april 2017 11:08:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Consumers International (CI), a global federation of consumer rights groups, have agreed to intensify their collaboration to help end hunger. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO pushes to keep illegally caught fish off global supply chains
    12 april 2017 11:00:15
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An FAO-led push to establish internationally agreed standards that can guide the development of catch documentation schemes aimed at keeping illegally caught fish off store-shelves and consumers' plates has taken an important step forward, the UN food agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO chief calls for critical investment in agriculture in Lake Chad Basin
    11 april 2017 17:29:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The crisis afflicting the strife-torn Lake Chad Basin is rooted in decades of neglect, lack of rural development and the impact of climate change, and the only way to ensure a lasting solution is to address these including through investments in sustainable agriculture, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Millions across Africa, Yemen at risk of death from starvation - UN agency
    11 april 2017 14:20:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning of the increasing risk of mass deaths from starvation in many countries in Africa and in Yemen due to worsening drought and conflict, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has called for international support to prevent the repeat of the 2011 tragedy in the Horn of Africa that claimed more than 260,000 lives. Full text...

  • Chad: FAO boss meets Chadian Prime Minister
    07 april 2017 14:51:05
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, José Graziano da Silva this week undertook his first ever official visit to Chad as part of urgent efforts to draw the attention of the international community on the current food security crisis threatening the Lake Chad Basin region. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO says global food prices down in March
    06 april 2017 10:33:58
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices monitored by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) fell in March amid large available supplies and expectations of strong harvests, the UN food agency reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Small Island Developing States discuss global programme on food security
    05 april 2017 17:19:31
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - High level technicians in food security and nutrition from seven Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions are meeting for three days in Mauritius to provide specific inputs to the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in SIDS. Full text...

  • Italy: Prince of Wales briefed on hunger crisis in four countries
    05 april 2017 14:35:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Prince Charles of Wales on Wednesday visited the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) where he was briefed by officials from the three Rome-based UN food agencies on the massive hunger crises facing northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Full text...

  • Kenya: Invest in rural youth to stem rural-urban migration - IFAD President
    03 april 2017 13:11:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ensuring young people in rural areas can access financing and earn decent incomes is essential to stem migration to Europe and elsewhere, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Situation worsening as over 100 million people face severe food insecurity - UN
    31 march 2017 15:53:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a new global report on food crises released in Brussels Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium: 108 million people in the world face severe food insecurity – Report
    31 march 2017 10:28:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: IRRI, FAO team up to bolster rice production
    30 march 2017 15:21:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO and the International Rice Research (IRRI) have agreed to cooperate more closely to support sustainable rice production in developing countries. Full text...

  • Italy: David Beasley of United States appointed as head of WFP
    30 march 2017 06:25:50
    Rome, Italy US (PANA) - The United Nations on Wednesday announced the appointment of David Beasley of the United States as the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which delivers emergency food assistance around the world and works with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO-supported farmers expect good harvest in Northeast Nigeria
    29 march 2017 13:40:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says farmers under its support programmes in Northeast Nigeria, the region being ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency, are looking forward to a very good harvest, going by the amount and quality of crops some of them have so far gathered from their fields. Full text...

  • Senegal: Top UN official calls for sustainable management of marine resources
    29 march 2017 05:43:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Visiting a traditional fishing community in Senegal, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has called on the countries in the region to prioritize conserving and sustainably managing their marine resources. Full text...

  • Italy: ‘Conflicts, protracted crises hamper progress to end hunger in Near East, N. Africa’
    27 march 2017 10:50:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food agency says food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO, Africa Rice Centre partner Nigeria on rice paddy production technology
    23 march 2017 13:45:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As part of efforts to boost rice production in the country, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Côte d’Ivoire-based Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) have commenced the training of 300 farmers across Nigeria in paddy production technology. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO urges safe wastewater use to boost agro output
    22 march 2017 15:34:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO Wednesday called on the global community to use treated wastewater in boosting agricultural output instead of flushing it away. Full text...

  • Italy: Greener energy for a third of the world bodes well for all, says UN
    22 march 2017 09:23:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Cautioning the impact of human activity such as practices use of woodfuel on world’s forests, the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have called for better wood-energy conversions technologies and more sustainable management of forests so that everyone benefits. Full text...

  • UN: 'Warming earth threatens to release huge amounts of carbon' - FAO
    21 march 2017 20:16:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth's soil, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reporterd on Tuesday, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response efforts. Full text...

  • Italy: CERF loan facilitates scaling up of FAO’s response in Somalia
    21 march 2017 16:19:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is further scaling up its activities in drought affected regions of Somalia thanks to a US$22 million loan approved this week by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which complements the loans already provided by FAO's Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners appeal for US$166 million to aid pastoralists in northern Kenya
    16 march 2017 20:50:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its humanitarian partners on Thursday appealed for US$166 million to aid Kenyan pastoralists and farmers whose livestock and crops are suffering following what the government declared a "national drought disaster." Full text...

  • Mauritius: EU to support climate smart agriculture in Mauritius
    14 march 2017 14:57:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has allocated MRs 115 million Mauritian Rupees (38 rupees = 1 euro) to Mauritius, under the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Flagship Initiative, to support climate smart agriculture in the island, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA rural youth participation in economy key to poverty eradication - IFAD
    09 march 2017 12:33:53
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Government policies that bring rural young people into the economic mainstream are essential for South Africa’s sustainable development, according to a global report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Kenya: Potatoes grown from seeds may solve hunger in Africa - firm says
    06 march 2017 14:30:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Potatoes grown from Dutch seeds will yield 2 to 4 times bigger harvests for small-scale, poor farmers in East Africa than potatoes grown using local seed potatoes, a dutch firm says. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies supporting Kenyans in drought-hit areas
    03 march 2017 18:48:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 2.7 million people in parts of Kenya are in urgent need of water and sanitation following the onset of a severe drought, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, urging the international community to assist the country over the natural disaster. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Food shortages hit Tanzanian population
    03 march 2017 09:06:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Food shortages are stalking Tanzania's population and the situation is worse in rural areas, according to latest findings by a regional non-governmental organization. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD-supported programme in Mozambique leads to poverty alleviation - Report
    02 march 2017 14:23:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Development projects, supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), contributed to raising the incomes of poor smallholder farmers and their families in parts of rural Mozambique, the UN agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Global harvests strong as hunger persists in chronic conflict zones - FAO
    02 march 2017 13:09:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global food supply conditions are robust, but access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Food Price Index edges higher in February
    02 march 2017 12:56:23
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index rose slightly in February, marking its seventh consecutive monthly rise, led by increasing wheat and maize prices, the UN food and agriculture agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius launches first organic farming zone
    28 february 2017 09:33:50
    Britannia, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Monday evening launched the island's first organic farming zone at Britannia, in the south of the island. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM introduces drought resistant potato in Somalia
    24 february 2017 13:58:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a bid to mitigate the impact of persistent drought, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with Rural Education and Agriculture Development Organization (READO), a local non-governmental organization, is introducing a drought resistant variant of sweet potatoes in Somalia. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO warns world's future food security 'in jeopardy'
    22 february 2017 11:25:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report out on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition wants Agriculture Minister probed over Zambian maizegate
    21 february 2017 14:58:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Opposition United Progressive People (UPP) party in Zambia has petitioned Chief Justice Irene Mambilima, asking him to set up a tribunal to probe the Minister of Agriculture, Dora Siliya, implicated in the US$34.5 million Zambia-Malawi maize exportation scandal, known as the maizegate scandal. Full text...

  • Gambia: Agriculture minister says country will commercialize agriculture
    20 february 2017 15:49:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Agriculture, Omar A. Jallow (OJ), has said that agriculture has to be turned from subsistence and life sustaining to commercialized farming and products exported. Full text...

  • Zambia: Southern, Eastern African nations agree on urgent actions to tackle armyworm
    16 february 2017 15:46:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Sixteen East and Southern African countries agreed Thursday on urgent plans of action aimed at boosting the region’s capacity to manage emerging crop pests and livestock diseases, including armyworm and avian influenza. Full text...

  • Italy: Outgoing IFAD chief calls for end of rural poverty
    15 february 2017 11:55:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The outgoing head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, has urged development leaders and the Fund's governors to ensure there is continued rural investment for countries to meet their commitment to ending poverty. Full text...

  • Italy: Former Togo PM to head IFAD
    15 february 2017 11:07:00
    Rome, Kenya (PANA) - Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

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