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  • Mauritius: International community to support Indian Ocean food security projects
    21 february 2015 07:20:23
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has said that the two-day Antananarivo conference on food security that ended on Friday night opened a new dynamism for Madagascar and the other Indian Ocean countries by establishing a complete inventory of food and nutritional security projects led by the big island. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief calls for changes in agricultural production
    20 february 2015 20:47:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva on Friday said the model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century and the need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient Full text...

  • Madagascar: Indian Ocean food security sponsors conference opens in Madagascar
    19 february 2015 17:18:38
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Thursday opened a two-day Indian Ocean Food Security Sponsors Conference in Antananarivo suggesting a “win-win partnership” centered on increased production as the answer to the nutritional challenge facing island nations in the region. Full text...

  • Sudan: Over 3m face food insecurity, particularly people in conflict zones, says OCHA
    19 february 2015 11:28:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A food assessment team said there is a continued improvement in food security in the Sudan in general but the situation is acute in conflict zones in the country, a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO provides urgent assistance to drought-stricken Cape Verde
    18 february 2015 19:53:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide food Full text...

  • Rwanda: 3 Rwandan women scientists among winners of 2015 AWARD fellowships
    17 february 2015 13:58:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three Rwandan female scientists are among the 70 winners from 11 countries across Africa, selected for the 2015 international fellowship endowed by the Kenya-based African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) for Field Research and Application, the research institute said in a statement obtained here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD focuses on rural transformation for sustainable development
    16 february 2015 19:40:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Monday Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO calls for support to fight food insecurity in Sahel region
    13 february 2015 19:08:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for support to the tune of US$116 million in order to assist more than 54 million people faced with starvation as a result of violence and insecurity, mostly in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • UN: Farmers in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone get support from World Bank
    12 february 2015 21:33:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Bank has provided US$15 million in emergency financing for farmers in the three countries worst affected by Ebola to support them during the new planting season, a UN statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, SIB team up to develop high tech tools to fight bird flu, other infectious diseases
    10 february 2015 12:09:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has chosen the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) as a designated reference centre to expand its access to state-of the-art technology in combating dangerous viral infections, including avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, in farm animals and wildlife. Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns on 'dramatic' decline in food security in South Sudan
    06 february 2015 20:09:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday warned that South Sudan is on the brink of a major food insecurity crisis as millions of people remain trapped by the country’s ongoing fighting. Full text...

  • UN: 'Food prices continue to fall, spurred by cheap oil, abundant supply'
    05 february 2015 19:17:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Global food prices have continued to fall due to a weak euro Full text...

  • FAO: Incumbent DG sole candidate for top leadership election
    02 february 2015 11:46:21
    Rome, Italy ([PANA) - The current Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr. José Graziano da Silva, will be the sole candidate in the forthcoming election for the agency's top leadership post. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Lakes, rivers key to livelihoods of millions'
    29 january 2015 13:58:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The network of lakes, rivers and streams that provide fish and freshwater to millions across the world, needs to be better managed in order to safeguard their contribution to healthy diets and economies, particularly in developing countries. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Evaluation of IFAD programme points to major strides but...
    29 january 2015 13:50:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Targeted investments in Tanzanian agriculture contributed to increasing yields for crops such as paddy, maize, or tomato in a range of 60 to 120 per cent in those areas where irrigation and extension activities were carried out at a substantial level. Full text...

  • Tanzania: FAO calls for urgent attention to farmers in southern Malawi after intense flooding
    28 january 2015 19:15:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday it is working closely with Malawi’s government on a US$16 million response plan aimed at protecting farmers from severe flooding that has destroyed fields and homes, washed away animals and crops, and threatens local food security in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Malawi farmers need help after flooding - FAO
    28 january 2015 12:29:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Farmers in southern Malawi urgently need seeds and livestock after intense flooding destroyed their fields and homes, washing away animals and crops and threatening local food security, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a press statement Wednesday, obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB, Niger sign two deals for US$61 million to reduce food insecurity
    27 january 2015 20:29:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Niger on Tuesday signed two agreements totalling US$61 million to ensure food security in Niger and to strengthen the resilience of the vulnerable population, the Bank said in a statement made available to PANA. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief says agriculture, food security essential for conflict resolution
    26 january 2015 21:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peace building and conflict resolution, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria minister says bird flu outbreak 'under control'
    22 january 2015 22:43:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Agriculture minister, Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina, says the government is working to prevent further spread of bird flu (avian influenza) in the country. Full text...

  • Italy: Funds running out in battle against locusts in Madagascar
    21 january 2015 16:26:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In Madagascar, the battle against an ongoing plague of locusts risks being lost as funds needed to tame widespread infestations of the crop-hungry insects are running out, posing a serious food security challenge for 13 million people. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswna's ostrich farmers challenged to be proactive
    20 january 2015 16:45:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana government has urged local ostrich farmers to help diversify the country's agriculture sector. Full text...

  • Ghana: Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change - says FAO
    19 january 2015 21:03:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by FAO on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFDC recommends sustainable crops intensification in West Africa
    14 january 2015 22:01:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The country representative of the International Centre for Fertilizer Development (IFDC) in Senegal, Susan Van Keulen-Cantella, on Wednesday said that the development and improvement of the value chains of production of agricultural produce in Africa must go through an intensified and sustainable production of food crops. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali launches project to mainstream resilience in livestock mobility
    14 january 2015 21:45:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The proposed 7 million-euro project dedicated to build resilience of livestock mobility was launched on Wednesday in Sikasso, 380 km south of Bamako. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO food price index drops for third consecutive year
    08 january 2015 13:24:08
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The monthly Food Price Index of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) declined in December after three months of stability, the Rome-based UN agency said in a dispatch from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Research institute launches cassava weed management campaign on social media
    07 january 2015 14:19:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – As part of efforts to create awareness on the Cassava Weed Management project, a Facebook and Twitter accounts have been launched, according to a statement made available to PANA Wednesday by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Ibadan, South West Nigeria. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia expects agriculture sector to grow by 8% in 2015
    02 january 2015 20:28:23
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture expects the agriculture sector to grow by 8% in 2015 against 2% growth last year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Protracted conflict displaces millions of cattle in South Sudan
    31 december 2014 19:14:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As South Sudan’s livestock owners flee the country’s conflict, a “silent emergency” has emerged threatening the very fabric of society and further undermining social stability, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Wednesday as it announced a scale-up in its livestock interventions in the embattled nation. Full text...

  • Italy: Growing concern for S/Sudan's herders as conflict displaces millions of cattle
    31 december 2014 11:53:58
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As South Sudan's livestock owners have fled the ongoing conflict, millions of animals have been displaced, leading to fresh outbreaks of disease and rising tensions between pastoral groups and farmers, as well as within different pastoralist communities, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Nigeria : FAO develops regional initiatives to end hunger in Africa
    26 december 2014 18:07:36
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa Regional Office has developed three Regional Initiatives (RI) aimed at speeding up efforts against food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa, with four countries including Angola, as pilot countries. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO raises red flag on deadly banana disease
    23 december 2014 14:32:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and its partners have said a global effort is needed to prevent the rapid spread of the deadly Fusarium wilt disease in bananas, which poses a severe threat to economic welfare and food security in developing countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Workshop on Africa’s food safety underway in Uganda
    18 december 2014 12:13:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 2nd Pan African Workshop convened to review progress made on the implementation of Codex Alimentarius standards-internationally agreed upon food standards, to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in Africa, is underway in Kampala, Uganda. Full text...

  • UN: FAO, WFP warn on food insecurity in Ebola affected countries
    18 december 2014 08:51:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have said the Ebola epidemic in the affected West African countries could push the number of people facing food insecurity to more than one million by next spring. Full text...

  • Kenya: Thousands face hunger in Ebola-hit countries, says UN
    17 december 2014 15:08:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of people facing food insecurity due to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could top one million by March 2015 unless access to food is drastically improved, UN agencies warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO, others launch book on family micro gardens in Angola
    17 december 2014 14:49:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) –The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in partnership with the Angolan Government and other development partners, have launched a manual on urban and peri-urban horticulture, known as ‘‘Family Micro-gardens’. Full text...

  • Cameroon: World Bank grants Cameroon US$100 million loan for agric. projects
    16 december 2014 14:27:00
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The World Bank has granted Cameroon a loan of US$ 100 million (about FCFA 50 billion) to enable the Central African country to finance its project on investment and development of agricultural markets (PIDMA), according to an agreement signed by both parties. Full text...

  • Morocco: 'South-South Cooperation, a relationship among equals'
    15 december 2014 13:43:30
    Marrakesh, Morocco (PANA) - "South-South cooperation between countries is increasingly important to meeting the sustainable development challenges of our time," said the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, at the first International Conference on South-South Cooperation in Marrakesh, Morocco, last weekend. Full text...

  • Mozambique: US official encourages African countries to attain some key targets of MDGs
    11 december 2014 16:50:01
    Chimoio, Mozambique (PANA) - African countries lagging behind on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) still can work hard to achieve some key targets by the 2015 deadline, according to US Ambassador David Lane who is in charge of his government's interventions for UN agencies responsible for food and agriculture. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Expert bemoans food security challenges in Africa
    09 december 2014 21:05:32
    Chimoio, Mozambique (PANA) - A UN official has bemoaned food security challenges in Africa saying that countries on the continent are still struggling to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable people. Full text...

  • Ghana: Government steps up support for agric sector - President Mahama
    05 december 2014 19:49:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana government has obtained a 95 million-dollar funding to support all sectors of agriculture, fisheries and acquaculture to reduce food import bills, President John Dramani Mahama said on Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritania, Senegal resume talks on fishing agreement
    04 december 2014 11:35:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania and Senegal on Thursday resumed negotiations in Nouakchott to renew the fishing agreement between the two countries. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO says food price index broadly stable for third month in a row
    04 december 2014 10:01:52
    Rome, Italy (PNA) - The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) says the monthly food price index was stable in November, as vegetable oil and grain prices inched up and offset ongoing declines in dairy prices. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO gets US$1.5 million to provide food for Ebola-hit countries
    02 december 2014 23:10:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) has announced a grant of US$1.5 million in support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) recently launched Regional Response Programmes to tackle food security and agriculture issues related to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • Italy: Belgium supports FAO emergency response capacity with 5.8m euros
    02 december 2014 14:10:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Belgium has donated 5.8 million euros to support Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) activities that help protect agriculture-based livelihoods for food security and resilience in the face of natural disasters and human-induced crises. Full text...

  • Kenya: 13 countries inch closer to eradicating hunger
    01 december 2014 14:53:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thirteen countries on Sunday won recognition from the FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement which includes reaching international targets ahead of the end-of-2015 deadline. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief says development cooperation in Mediterranean can check forced migration
    28 november 2014 19:48:28
    New York, US (PANA) - If countries of the Mediterranean want to stem the tide on forced migration and human suffering, they must put agricultural, food and rural development, including youth-targeted incentives, at the core of regional cooperation, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: New FAO-backed tool to help respond to animal diseases, plant pests
    27 november 2014 16:09:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national overnments, development and relief organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to crises such as animal diseases, plant pests and even conflict. Full text...

  • Italy: 13 countries to receive recognition for outstanding progress in fighting hunger
    27 november 2014 11:52:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Thirteen countries, including six from Africa, are to receive recognition for achieving outstanding progress in fighting hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFPRI report urges sub-Sahara Africa to double investment in agric R&D
    26 november 2014 20:09:30
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Sub-Sahara African countries will need to double their investment in agricultural research and development if ambitious United Nations and African Union targets are to be achieved, according to a new report issued on Wednesday by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

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