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  • Italy: Pope Francis to attend 2nd International Conference on Nutrition
    21 may 2014 10:20:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis will add his voice to the fight against hunger and malnutrition by addressing the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), scheduled for 19-21 November at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Full text...

  • UN: FAO report highlights importance of fisheries
    19 may 2014 18:32:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report on Monday highlighted the growing role of fish and aquaculture in feeding the world and providing a source of income, and called for the sustainable and responsible management of the so-called "blue world". Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO report highlights growing role of fishing in feeding the world
    19 may 2014 11:15:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More people than ever before rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food and as a source of income, but harmful practices and poor management threaten the sector’s sustainability, says a new report published Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Farmers trained on hardship survival tricks in Ethiopia
    16 may 2014 21:44:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia has trained 2.5 million farmers in ways of accessing credit, generating income from farms and improving diet quality, officials said in Addis Ababa on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Expert urges governments to buy local food in public projects
    16 may 2014 17:04:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, on Friday said that public procurement can contribute to making food systems more fair and sustainable and help realize the human right to adequate food. Full text...

  • Senegal: El Hadji Diouf, Akon to invest in rice production in Senegal
    16 may 2014 17:00:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A former Senegalese football star, El Hadji Diouf, and the US-based Senegalese musician, Alioune Badara Thiam, popularly called "Akon" Friday announced their intention to invest in the cultivation of rice in Senegal. Full text...

  • Italy: Crisis-hit farmers receive seeds, tools in CAR
    16 may 2014 12:18:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a major operation to distribute seeds and tools in the Central African Republic (CAR) to support crisis-hit farming families. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: WFP moving from food aid to food assistance
    16 may 2014 07:54:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced bold plans targeting millions of poor farmers with the direct purchase of farm produce to create a vibrant food market. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Desert locusts invade Addis Ababa, food situation precarious
    15 may 2014 14:39:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Desert locusts have invaded the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from the Eastern region, the first such major outbreak in the Horn of Africa region, believed to have originated from Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Yemen and South Sudan, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo, FAO sign MoU on cassava
    14 may 2014 15:50:53
    Brazzaville, Congo ( PANA) - Congo and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of a project aimed at promoting the cassava sector, according to a statement issued here Wednesday by the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Bloomberg to invest US$250m in storage of Nigeria's farm produce
    13 may 2014 15:43:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As Nigeria moves to reduce post-harvest losses in the country, an American company, Bloomberg, says it will invest US$250 million in the establishment of modern and conditioned warehouses for the storage of fresh farm produce. Full text...

  • Congo: MPs urge govt. to ratify IDA-Congo financial agreement on agric
    13 may 2014 14:14:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese MPs Monday authorized the government to ratify the financing agreement between Congo and the International Development Association (IDA ) for additional funding of F CFA 1.250 billion to enable the central African State implement its project aimed at developing agriculture and rehabilitating rural roads (PDARP), according to an official statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia celebrates nationalization of agricultural land
    12 may 2014 16:45:54
    Tunis, Tunisia ( PANA) - Agriculture is an essential pillar for development in Tunisia since it contributes up to 10% to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, absorbs more than 8% of the total investments in the economy and accounts for 16% of the active labour force, Mehdi Jomaa, the Tunisian prime minister said Monday . Full text...

  • Kenya: Urgent action required to prevent famine in South Sudan
    12 may 2014 15:45:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The latest food security analysis, carried out in South Sudan, indicates that because of conflict, displacement, destroyed markets and disrupted livelihoods, food security has deteriorated at an alarming rate since the outbreak of conflict in December 2013, FAO has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 African leaders reaffirm commitment to transformation of agriculture
    08 may 2014 17:35:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Seven African leaders has reaffirmed their commitment to transforming the agricultural sector across the continent, as part of the process of delivering prosperity to the citizens. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Weather, political tensions make food markets volatile, says FAO
    08 may 2014 11:44:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Weather conditions in various countries and political tensions in the Black Sea region have made food markets more volatile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports in its new Food Outlook. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Start ups dominate African seed industry - Report
    08 may 2014 09:23:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Locally-owned African seed companies participating in a programme to offer high-yield crop varieties to smallholder farmers across the continent have collectively become the largest seed producers in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report released Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges more help to check hunger, malnutrition
    07 may 2014 21:44:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in Rome urged immediate help to end hunger and malnutrition around the world, warning that up to a million people could be at risk of famine in a matter of months. Full text...

  • Germany: Joint action needed to tackle massive global food losses, says FAO
    07 may 2014 11:31:27
    Düsseldorf, Germany (PANA) – Tackling the world’s massive food loss problem is a key to reducing hunger and poverty, but governments and companies must step up their collaboration on the issue, an international congress on food losses and waste heard Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African ministers seek radical overhaul of green revolution strategies
    02 may 2014 15:35:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African agriculture ministers have revived a continental call to overhaul agricultural policies to effectively fight hunger. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cocoa production drops by 26%
    01 may 2014 20:26:35
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon's cocoa exports for the 2013/14 season have dropped by 26% over the same period during the previous season, coming down to 143,374 tonnes from 193,298 tonnes, officials of the Cameroonian cocoa-coffee field organizations told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African farmers demand more access to credit facilities
    01 may 2014 19:16:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – As African ministers of Agriculture began their meeting Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, farmers' groups have demanded for more access to land, seeds and credit facilities, to enable them boost food production on the continent. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Africa's agricultural output to hit US$500b by 2020, says AfDB
    30 april 2014 15:01:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Africa has the potential to increase the value of its annual agricultural output from US$280 billion in 2010 to about US$500 billion by 2020, according to an African Development Bank (AfDB) report, obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Belgium: Senegal, EU sign new fisheries deal
    28 april 2014 19:58:16
    Brussels, Belgium ( PANA) - Senegal and the European Union have reached a new fisheries agreement, eight years after the expiry of the previous protocol, according to a statement on Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 200,000 tons of grains produced in 2013/2014
    25 april 2014 15:15:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania produced 200,000 tons of grains (rice and traditional grains) in the 2013/2014 crop year, Brahim Ould Moctar Ould Mohamed M'Bareck, the Minister of Rural Development, announced here Thursday at the meeting of the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African agric ministers lay ground for ‘growth-for-jobs’ initiative
    25 april 2014 14:45:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers of agriculture are due for a joint ministerial meeting to discuss the key elements of an African agricultural growth and transformation strategy, a senior African Union (AU) official said. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers
    25 april 2014 13:25:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect. Full text...

  • Morocco: Guinean president seeks Morocco's support in agriculture
    24 april 2014 19:42:00
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Guinea's president, Alpha Condé, on Thursday sought the support of Morocco for the development of agriculture in his country. Full text...

  • Morocco: Countries urged to shift to more sustainable food systems in face of climate change
    24 april 2014 12:59:11
    Meknès, Morocco (PANA) - Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems as well as step up action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, according to Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Executive Council approves US$152.12m AfDB loan for agriculture
    23 april 2014 17:06:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a loan of US$152.12 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support further reform of the agricultural sector in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO chief lauds Morocco for achieving MDG 1
    23 april 2014 15:03:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems, stepping up action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • Morocco: Guinea's President seeks Morocco's return to AU
    23 april 2014 10:07:23
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Guinea's President Alpha Conde has called for the quick return of Morocco to the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • UN: Summit on food security, 'blue economy' urges coordinated action
    22 april 2014 22:33:00
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic development which opened on Tuesday in The Hague, the Netherlands, said that overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop its agenda for discussions. Full text...

  • Cameroon: World Bank grants Cameroon FCFA 50b for agric
    22 april 2014 13:30:50
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The World Bank is to grant Cameroon FCFA 50 billion francs (US$105.3 million) to enable the central African country implement its agriculture investment and market development project (PIDMA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. to establish agro-meteorological stations
    15 april 2014 16:41:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – To mitigate the effects of climate change on Nigeria’s agricultural sector, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has unfolded plans to establish agro-meteorological stations across the country in order to alert farmers on weather conditions. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: FAO seeks action against destructive banana disease
    14 april 2014 11:12:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged countries to step up the monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East. Full text...

  • UN: FAO says agriculture's greenhouse emissions on the rise
    13 april 2014 16:54:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says from farming to forestry and fisheries, agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050. Full text...

  • Nigeria: PACA appoints new technical officer
    11 april 2014 19:02:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), with its secretariat at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has appointed Dr. Benoit Gnonlonfin, as its new Technical Officer, according to a statement, made available to PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Sudan faces worsening hunger, malnutrition crisis
    10 april 2014 11:59:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Farmers and herders in Sudan need urgent support to help prevent the food security situation in the country from deteriorating further, the Foof and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon to adopt FCFA3,550 billion National Agricultural Investment Plan
    09 april 2014 20:02:48
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Actors in the agricultural sector in Cameroon met on Wednesday in Yaoundé for the validation of the seven-year National Agricultural Investment Plan (PANIA) estimated at F CFA 3,550 billion. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Famine imminent in North East Nigeria as farmers run from Boko Haram violence
    08 april 2014 17:26:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian presidential panel on Tuesday warned that famine is imminent in the Boko Haram enclave of Borno State, in North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Deepening crisis in CAR 'devastating people’s ability to support themselves'
    07 april 2014 09:05:42
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The unprecedented crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) is devastating the economy and people's ability to secure basic necessities, two UN food agencies said in an assessment report this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cassava farm pilot project for launch
    05 april 2014 10:20:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A 10-hectare cassava farm pilot project, which aims to contribute to efforts to ensure food security and reduce poverty in Nigeria, is due to be launched in the country's South-west Ogun state next week, the project's promoters said. Full text...

  • Libya: Locust invasion spreads in western Libya
    04 april 2014 11:12:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The locust invasion, which started in the eastern part of Libya, has spread to other parts of the country, including Zlitin in the west, a local agriculture official announced Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: WFP opts for humanitarian corridors to reach starving South Sudanese
    03 april 2014 13:55:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has secured permission to cross the Ethiopian border to deliver relief supplies to Southern Sudanese people and is seeking permission from Sudan to open its border. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: Sharp rise in FAO Food Price Index
    03 april 2014 13:40:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index rose sharply in March, up 4.8 points, or 2.3 percent, to an average of 212.8, the highest level since May 2013. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali launches campaign for artificial insemination of cows
    31 march 2014 22:03:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Prime Minister Oumar Ly Tatam has launched a campaign for artificial insemination of cows, PANA learned on Monday from the Malian Ministry of Livestock in Bamako. Full text...

  • Nigeria/FAO: African musicians to African Leaders: "Do Agric, It Pays!"
    31 march 2014 12:50:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ONE.org has launched one of the continent’s biggest musical collaborations ever, ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’, in support of a new campaign to boost investments in agriculture: ‘Do Agric, It Pays’. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: New support to tackle dire food security situation in South Sudan
    31 march 2014 10:36:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Government of the United Kingdom has released US$13.7 million in emergency funding to the UN Food and Agriculture Oorganization (FAO) to help conflict-affected families in South Sudan restore their agriculture-based livelihoods and stave off an increasingly alarming food security situation. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Coffee exports drop by 50% in February 2014
    29 march 2014 14:03:45
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – The export of Cameroonian coffee dropped by about 50% last month compared to the same period last year, says the Cameroonian national coffee and cocoa office (ONCC). Full text...

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