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  • Mali: Germany grants 28.6b FCFA to Mali for agriculture, other projects
    04 march 2014 15:38:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As part of its pledge to give Mali 65 billion FCFA for its post-war development, Germany has granted Mali 28.6 billion FCFA to enable it finance priority projects such as agriculture and decentralization, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Mali: National vaccination campaign for animals launched
    03 march 2014 15:38:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Sunday launched a national campaign to vaccinate its animals, including 9.7 million cattle, 13 million sheep, 18 million goats, 35 million poultry and 800,000 camels , PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. to sell cereals at low price
    28 february 2014 12:50:22
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger authorities on Friday launched an operation aimed at selling cereals at low prices to people experiencing severe food insecurity or flood victims, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: IITA’s "Humid Tropic" programme launched in Cameroon
    27 february 2014 17:09:35
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has launched its agricultural development programme called "Humid Tropic" for humid tropical zones in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Italy: Conflict, migration worsening food security in the Near East
    27 february 2014 14:00:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The worsening food security situation in the Near East is not only caused by the structural constraints the region is facing in producing enough food and an increasing dependence on food imports but also by conflict, the flow of refugees and migration, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy: 'How to achieve food security in Near East, North Africa'
    25 february 2014 12:59:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Reducing high food losses and waste will be critical to improving food availability, achieving food security, and reducing stress on natural resources in the fast-growing Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: 'Conflict, civil strife drive food insecurity in Near East, North Africa'
    24 february 2014 14:40:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Conflict, rapid population growth and urbanisation, as well as a heavy reliance on food imports are posing serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa, although progress has been made in some countries, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: World fish trade to set new record
    24 february 2014 11:41:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers benefit too, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Farmers root for family farms at global forum
    20 february 2014 17:00:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Farmers from across the world were united in Brussels this week to underline the crucial role of family farms in ensuring good quality food for consumers, growth and jobs. Full text...

  • Benin: Over 300,000 tonnes of cotton produced in 2013-2014
    19 february 2014 11:28:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin produced more than 300,000 tonnes of cotton during the 2013-2014 season, compared with 240,000 tonnes in the previous season, representing an increase of 60,000 tonnes. Full text...

  • Benin: Paris hosts conference on agric micro-insurance in West Africa
    18 february 2014 22:19:28
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – A conference on agricultural micro-insurance in West Africa will be held on Thursday in Paris on the theme "Agricultural micro-insurance in West Africa: Realities and perspectives”, the organizers said in a statement on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh reiterates plan to ban importation of basic foods
    18 february 2014 18:49:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Yahya Jammeh has said he is “determined to end the importation of basic food items by 2016 without fail.” Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: 'New tools could revolutionize pesticide management in West Africa'
    17 february 2014 18:53:28
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Field schools that train farmers in alternative methods of pest control have succeeded in nearly eliminating the use of toxic pesticides by a community of cotton growers in Mali, according to a new FAO study published, Monday by the London-based Royal Society. Full text...

  • Kenya: Project to improve farmars' output for launch in Kenya
    16 february 2014 11:20:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) will Wednesday launch a project aimed at improving the productivity and access to markets of farmers in Kenya. Full text...

  • Niger: Pact to boost cotton farming signed
    14 february 2014 12:59:42
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger and the international agro-industrial firm Geocoton Friday signed a pact aimed at boosting cotton farming in the Dosso region, located 140 km from the capital, Niamey, the Nigerien Agriculture Ministry said. Full text...

  • Niger: EU to help Niger to achieve food security
    14 february 2014 11:33:32
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The European Union (EU) says it will help Niger in its efforts toward food security, with a particular focus on the need to improve the efficiency of aid by concentrating on vulnerable people. Full text...

  • Burundi: Pan-African conference on coffee opens
    13 february 2014 20:28:38
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday opened the 11th African Fine Coffee Conference Full text...

  • Niger: Niger to hold agric fair in March
    13 february 2014 20:05:22
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger will host an Agriculture, Water and Livestock Fair from 6 to 9 March in Niamey to create the platform for the promotion, meeting and exchanges between stakeholders and professionals in agriculture, hydraulics and livestock. Full text...

  • UN: ILO calls for more investments in rural Africa
    13 february 2014 19:13:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) says rural development is key to Africa’s prosperity, yet it has been undervalued by governments, international lenders and policy advisers. Full text...

  • UN: FAO to regulate spices, herbs production
    12 february 2014 15:12:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food ad Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has established Full text...

  • Kenya: Peasant agriculture is backbone of food supply, says Euro farmers chief
    12 february 2014 15:07:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Peasant agriculture is the backbone of the world's food supply," Gerd Sonnleitner, Honourary President of the European Farmers Association (COPA), has said. Full text...

  • Togo: WADB to finance agricultural project in Togo with 8 billion CFAF
    08 february 2014 13:43:45
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The West African Development bank (WADB) will grant Togo 8.6 billion CFAF to finance part of the agricultural projects in the west African nation, according to an agreement reached here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Food Price Index falls despite climbing dairy prices'
    06 february 2014 15:32:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index fell in January, for the first time in three months, as lower prices of cereals, sugar, oil and meat outstripped gains in dairy values. Full text...

  • Kenya: South Sudan facing major food, nutrition crisis
    06 february 2014 11:59:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned of a major food security and nutrition crisis in South Sudan, where some 3.7 million people are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity. Full text...

  • Congo: World Bank supports Congo's agric project with additional funds
    05 february 2014 14:22:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo will get an additional funding of US$ 2.5 million from the World Bank to enable it extend the activities of the Agricultural Development and Rehabilitation of Rural Tracks Project (PDARP) to October 2015, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Italy donates 4m euros to improve agric production
    03 february 2014 16:57:13
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Italian government on Monday donated 4 million euros to Mauritania to enhance agricultural production in the country, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN, partners launch humanitarian plan for Sahel region
    03 february 2014 14:59:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN and humanitarian partners on Monday launched a three-year Regional Strategic Response Plan to provide aid to millions of people in nine countries in Africa's Sahel region, FAO said in a news dispatch from Rome. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. moves against projected food crisis
    02 february 2014 18:16:27
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien government has unveiled an elaborate programme to cushion the cereal deficit of 343,566 tons that resulted from this year’s agricultural campaign, PANA learnt from official sources in Niamey. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanians want land leased to Saudi society cancelled
    02 february 2014 16:39:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanians living in Boghe, 300 kilometres south-west of the capital, Nouakchott, have asked their government to cancel the rural land concession granted to a Saudi society, Al-Rajihi, in the form of a lease, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: FAO hails Africa's commitment to end hunger by 2025
    01 february 2014 18:04:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Saturday welcomed a new commitment by African leaders to end hunger on the continent by 2025, and pledged its support as they work to "transform vision into reality". Full text...

  • Rwanda: Experts warn against "hidden hunger" in sub-Saharan Africa
    31 january 2014 08:15:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A new form of "hidden hunger" may break out in the short or medium term across several countries in sub-Sahara Africa if no appropriate action is taken, agriculture experts have warned. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Nigeria ready to share agric successes with other African nations
    30 january 2014 19:17:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nigerian leader, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday disclosed that about US$ 11 billion have been invested in Nigeria’s agricultural sector by private investors and development partners since the Federal Government launched the country’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda in 2011. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says agriculture key to eradicating hunger in Africa
    29 january 2014 23:01:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday stressed that agriculture is the engine of growth needed to eradicate hunger and boost food production in Africa. Full text...

  • Cameroon: EU grants Cameroon FCFA 15 billion to boost coffee production
    29 january 2014 20:51:50
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has granted Cameroon FCFA 15 billion to boost the production of robusta coffee, which has slumped to a record low. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Coffee production slumps in Cameroon
    28 january 2014 22:12:57
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Coffee production in Cameroon has slumped by more than half from 38,127 tonnes in 2011 to 16,142 tonnes in 2013, official sources said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: 'Full use of available resources can make Africa global food exporter'
    28 january 2014 16:09:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa has all it takes to meet its own food needs and be a significant part of the response to the global challenge of feeding an increasing world population, according to a senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC). Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: ECA chief proposes integrated approach to agric development
    27 january 2014 12:16:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries should take an integrated approach to economic, social and environmental dimensions in their quest for improved agricultural production and food security, a senior UN official suggested here Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. to launch general census on agriculture in May
    24 january 2014 15:57:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government will spend about 3.9 billion FCFA to fund a general census on agricultural activities in May 2014, aimed at obtaining data of the food production systems in the country, PANA reported from here, quoting an official communique. Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. to develop cassava, banana plantations in 2014
    21 january 2014 18:27:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has proposed to use 11 billion francs CFA this year to enhance the country's food security and provide employment in its cassava and banana plantations, according to a government communique issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Livestock breeding project launched
    20 january 2014 21:51:42
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese minister of Livestock and Animal Production, Mrs Aminata Mbengue Ndiaye, on Monday launched the livestock component of a programme on food security in Ziguinchor, in the Casamance region of Senegal. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Africa must provide enough food for consumption, export (Feature by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Correspondent)
    20 january 2014 12:59:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s ambition in agriculture, according to the African Union (AU), is to produce enough food to feed its growing population and become a leading exporter of good food. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says healthy, sustainable food key to fighing hunger
    18 january 2014 22:54:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said people need healthy and sustainable food systems to fight hunger, and called for agricultural research and development to become more focused on nutrition, as well as local biodiversity and diversified farming systems. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Time for Africa’s agriculture to thrive (Feature by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Correspondent)
    18 january 2014 11:50:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Every morning millions of people in Africa wake up facing the uncertainty of what they will eat. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African countries at bottom of new global food table
    15 january 2014 11:29:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While the Netherlands ranks number one in the world for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet, Chad is last on 125th behind Ethiopia and Angola, according to a new food database revealed Wednesday by worldwide development organisation Oxfam. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Violence likely to increase hunger, insecurity
    13 january 2014 14:37:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The recent violence in South Sudan is threatening to increase hunger and human suffering considerably, unravelling modest gains made in food security in the past two years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • EU pays Mauritania 67 million euros under fish treaty
    09 january 2014 22:24:35
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has paid the Mauritanian government 67 million euros under a fisheries accord signed between the two parties in August 2012, the EU announced on Thursday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt denies banning fish importation
    09 january 2014 12:21:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has denied reports that it banned the importation of fish into the country, according to the Agriculture Minister, Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Industrial production of starch begins 1st quarter of 2014
    08 january 2014 09:57:07
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon will begin the production of industrial starch from cassava by the first quarter of this year, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Benin: IFAD president expected Monday
    03 january 2014 17:15:57
    Cotonou, Bénin (PANA) - Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is expected here Monday on a three-day working visit, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Togo: FAO helps Togo to relaunch its food production
    02 january 2014 21:22:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) this week granted Togo an emergency aid of US$490,000 to help the West African country relaunch its food production in the north, which was affected by drought during the last agricultural season, Full text...

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