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  • South Sudan: People at risk of starvation as South Sudan celebrates 6th independence anniversary
    07 july 2017 13:11:03
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Sunday, 9 July, 2017, marks the 6th anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, but the promise of the world’s youngest country is marred by hunger and conflict, as millions of people still face starvation. Full text...

  • Italy: Intensified efforts, investments needed to keep famine at bay - FAO
    07 july 2017 10:46:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Preventing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen urgently requires intensified humanitarian support and further funding. Full text...

  • Italy: Zero Hunger can only be possible with strong support from MPs - FAO chief
    06 july 2017 20:12:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Parliamentarians have a key role to play along with governments, civil society, private sector, international agencies and donors "to achieve a Zero Hunger generation in our lifetime", said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Thursday at a meeting with lawmakers on the sidelines of the FAO Conference. Full text...

  • Italy: South-South cooperation plays vital role in promoting sustainable development - FAO
    06 july 2017 20:05:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - South-South Cooperation - partnerships in which developing countries exchange resources and expertise - is proving an inclusive and cost-effective tool to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO and IOM call for renewed focus on rural development
    06 july 2017 19:59:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Climate change poses a major risk for rural people in developing countries, often leading to distress-driven migration, and bolstering sustainable agriculture is an essential part of an effective policy response, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: 2017 Africa Green Revolution Forum holds in Abidjan
    06 july 2017 14:01:57
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The 2017 Africa Green Revolution Forum, which will hold 4-8 September in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, will highlight the capacity of agriculture and agribusiness to drive inclusive and sustainable rural development in Africa. Full text...

  • Italy: Wheat, meat push FAO Food Price Index higher in June
    06 july 2017 09:44:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food commodity prices rose in June, led by wheat and meat prices, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: Canada gives US$50m for agric. programmes in DRC, Somalia, Niger
    06 july 2017 09:38:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Three Rome-based food and agriculture agencies of the United Nations are embarking on an unprecedented joint programme to work with vulnerable communities in three crisis-prone areas in Africa over five years to meet their immediate food needs and boost their resilience, while addressing the root causes of food insecurity. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO chief hails vital role of rural women in freeing world from hunger, poverty
    05 july 2017 19:38:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva on Wednesday lauded rural women and girls as key agents of change to free the world from hunger and extreme poverty. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO honours 10 for work to eradicate hunger, promote sustainable dev't
    05 july 2017 19:31:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday honoured 10 organizations and individuals for their work on pressing issues of food security and sustainable development Full text...

  • Italy: New action programme for SIDS to address nutrition, climate change
    05 july 2017 06:51:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday a new United Nations global action programme that seeks to address pressing challenges related to food security, nutrition and the impacts of climate change facing the world's Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Full text...

  • Italy: Water use innovations crucial to face climate change in Arab countries - FAO
    04 july 2017 16:50:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Arab states must continue to seek innovations to overcome water scarcity in the face of climate change, said UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva at an event co-hosted by the Arab League on the sidelines of FAO's biennial Conference in Rome. Full text...

  • Italy: Germany, FAO celebrate 15 years of strategic partnership
    04 july 2017 11:31:47
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Germany celebrated 15 years of successful collaboration on Tuesday in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • Italy: Achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 requires turning political will into concrete actions - FAO
    03 july 2017 19:34:30
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Achieving the international community's goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030 is indeed possible, but this requires a scaling up of action, including greater investments in agriculture and sustainable rural development, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO warns world hunger on the rise again
    03 july 2017 11:15:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The number of hungry people in the world has increased since 2015, reversing years of progress, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told member states on Monday at the opening of the agency's biennial conference. Full text...

  • Italy: Africa Agriculture ministers urged to address rural youth unemployment
    03 july 2017 10:01:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Youth employment should be at the centre of any strategy to face economic and demographic challenges in Africa, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva has told a joint African Union-European Union meeting, hosted at FAO headquarters in Rome. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU plans all out war against army worm outbreak in Africa
    02 july 2017 07:45:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is planning an all out war similar to its response to the Ebola disease outbreak, to combat an army worm outbreak, which has spread to 25 out of 55 countries, a senior AU official said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: EU supports smart agriculture in Mauritius
    01 july 2017 15:55:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is providing new support to the tune of 3 million euros to Mauritius to promote climate smart agriculture in the island, PANA learnt Saturday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Botswana: South Africa poultry products banned in Botswana
    28 june 2017 11:27:53
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has banned the import of poultry and products from South Africa following the outbreak Avian Influenza in that country. Full text...

  • India: Solar power revolution offers hope for farm industrialisation in Nigeria
    28 june 2017 08:16:21
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) – Farmers in Nigeria have an opportunity to link up to affordable energy solutions, including solar power, thanks to new innovations promising to power irrigation of farms and light up homes. Full text...

  • Italy: Soil pollution comes under scrutiny at FAO plenary assembly
    23 june 2017 09:20:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Rome this week, the UN food agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO distributes emergency seeds to combat hunger in north-east Nigeria
    22 june 2017 11:37:51
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month. Full text...

  • Italy: UN Volunteers, FAO bolster partnership
    17 june 2017 05:02:53
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Deepening ties between the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) should make opportunities to join the fight against hunger and rural poverty more accessible to young people as well as to experts who wish to contribute their time and skills. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'BRICS countries key in helping eradicate hunger, poverty' - FAO
    16 june 2017 13:00:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the 2030 deadline for meeting the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, Ministries of Agriculture in five of the world's most important emerging economies are well positioned to take a leading role in fighting hunger, the UN said on Friday. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to organise seminar to better manage droughts
    15 june 2017 08:48:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will on 19 June organise an event at its headquarters in Rome aimed at sparking renewed global effort to better manage droughts. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO, European Space Agency collaborate to control Desert Locusts
    14 june 2017 13:58:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Information from satellites is being used in a new way to predict favourable conditions for Desert Locust swarms, as part of an early warning collaboration by scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Desert Locust experts at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Italy: AU, FAO seek to boost joint efforts to end hunger in Africa
    14 june 2017 13:51:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will seek to step up joint efforts to end hunger and sustain peace in the continent say FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO releases new guide to prevent child labour in conflicts, disasters
    12 june 2017 10:47:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new guide by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urges child labour concerns be integrated in agriculture, food security and nutrition programmes during crises and disasters, and was presented on Monday to mark World Day Against Child Labour. Full text...

  • Italy: Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought - FAO
    09 june 2017 11:17:44
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Full text...

  • Italy: Italian NGO network, FAO join forces on food security, rural dev't
    09 june 2017 07:38:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Young and qualified volunteers from across Italy will soon be able to join FAO's offices around the globe thanks to a partnership signed on Thursday between FAO and the Federazione Organismi Cristiani di Servizio Internazionale Volontario (FOCSIV), a network of Italian Christian NGOs. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB’s agriculture interventions in 2016 benefit 5.6m people - Report
    08 june 2017 16:23:23
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Effort by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to upgrade Africa’s agriculture sector is yielding good results with about 5.6 million people benefiting from the Bank’s interventions in the past year, according to the Bank's media channel on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Italy: Global food import bill on the rise despite stable markets - FAO
    08 june 2017 12:47:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food commodity markets are well-balanced, buoyed by ample supplies of wheat and maize and rebounding production of oilseed products. Full text...

  • Italy: ICT can improve lives of rural poor people in developing countries - IFAD
    08 june 2017 09:21:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Technology and development experts have attended a two-day international conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval) at IFAD headquarters in Rome, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana bans poultry imports from Zimbabwe
    06 june 2017 13:07:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has banned the importation of poultry products from Zimbabwe following an outbreak of Avian Influenza. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AfDB approves US$343,000 to enhance honey production in Rwanda
    03 june 2017 07:55:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), in partnership with the Organisation pour la Promotion de la Contribution Active de la Femme Rwandaise au Developpement (SERUKA) – a national women’s organization focusing on women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda – has launched the Rwanda Honey Value Chain Project, which aims to enhance honey production in the country. Full text...

  • US: FAO to attend Ocean Conference in New York 5-9 June
    02 june 2017 11:36:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FA) will hold the Ocean Conference in New York from 5-9 June 2017, FAO said on Fridayin a statement. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO hits milestone in Somalia famine prevention campaign
    02 june 2017 11:28:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is pushing forward with a massive campaign that has so far treated more than 12 million animals in less than three months, protecting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of families who rely on their livestock's meat and milk for survival. Full text...

  • Norway: FAO boss hails landmark treaty as beginning of end for rogue fishing
    01 june 2017 06:41:55
    Oslo. Norway (PANA) - The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, an international treaty aimed at stopping rogue fishing practices, gives the world "all the instruments necessary to achieve our goal", the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said in Oslo, Norway. Full text...

  • Norway: Meeting of parties to FAO’s treaty tackling illegal fishing opens
    29 may 2017 09:34:07
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - The first meeting of the Parties to UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's bold new international treaty aimed at cracking down on illicit fishing opened on Monday in Oslo, Norway, as delegates began hammering out ways to make the agreement a success the UN food agency said in a statement. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO issues alert over lethal virus affecting popular tilapia fish
    26 may 2017 11:42:47
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish for human consumption, the UN food agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • India: AfDB Annual Meetings end with call to see Africa's agric. potential
    25 may 2017 13:10:57
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - “With 65% of the world’s uncultivated land, Africa will determine the future of food for the world and there is gold in the dirt, if only we will see it," said the African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adesina, on Thursday to the international press as the Bank’s Annual Meetings wound up in Ahmedabad, India. Full text...

  • Italy: IFAD president visits Uganda to discuss support for small scale farmers
    25 may 2017 05:44:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Thursday to discuss efforts to support small scale farmers and increase food security in the country. Full text...

  • India: AfDB explores investment strategies to tilt markets in favour of African farmers
    24 may 2017 16:47:20
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has proposed new investment strategies in Africa’s agriculture sector, which, if properly implemented, would effectively alter the market structures around the world in favour of the African farmers of major cash crops like tea, coffee and cocoa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Heads of UN food agencies visit famine-stricken South Sudan
    24 may 2017 14:16:34
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - All parties to the conflict in South Sudan must cease violence and work together to ensure that food and other life-saving support can reach the people and end famine and severe hunger, the heads of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: AfDB, partners support Songwe River Basin Programme with US$829 million
    24 may 2017 05:48:51
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in Lilongwe, Malawi, has now given rise to a deal between Malawi and Tanzania to work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Programme (SRBDP). Full text...

  • India: Stunting growth costs Africa US$25 billion annually – AfDB
    23 may 2017 17:07:24
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said the cost of malnutrition is too huge for Africa to ignore, with stunting costing Africa US$ 25 billion a year. Full text...

  • India: 'AfDB agri-business funding lays strong foundation for transforming African agriculture'
    23 may 2017 16:54:41
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided a roadmap to the growth of agriculture in African countries with a plan to inject nearly US$ 2.4 billion every year for 10 years to build roads, irrigation infrastructure and storage facilities to attract high-value investors. Full text...

  • India: 'Promoting grey matter infrastructure is a game-changer in Africa’s development agenda'
    23 may 2017 16:30:27
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - Developing Africa’s “grey matter infrastructure” through multi-sector investments in nutrition in Africa was a key focus on Monday at the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings in India. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Inclusive finance key to food security in East, Southern Africa' - IFAD
    22 may 2017 14:03:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ugandan Government have brought together policy makers and development practitioners for a three-day meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Full text...

  • India: 3,000 delegates storm Indian city for AfDB's biggest agric-based meeting
    21 may 2017 12:47:13
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Gandhinagar area of Ahmedabad in Gujarat State is reportedly fully ready to "absorb" the more than 3,000 delegates invited to the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, taking place from 22-26, May, 2017. Full text...

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