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  • 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...

  • Nigeria: Farmers now get most of their info via mobile phones
    02 january 2014 10:15:55
    Lagos, Nigeria(PANA) - The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) phones now constitute about 83% of the outlets used by Nigerian farmers to get information on farm produce, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural Science. Full text...

  • CAR: FAO warns of potential food security crisis
    01 january 2014 14:27:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Despite security challenges in half of the prefectures, farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are counting on the next agriculture season to restore their food production capacity to avoid risks of famine and malnutrition. Full text...

  • France offers 900m FCFA to boost agric production in Cameroon
    24 december 2013 11:08:17
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - France’s Institute of Agronomic Research for Development (IRAD) and the Cameroonian Scientific Research and Innovation Ministry have signed four agreements, worth 954 million FCFA (about US$2 million), to boost agricultural production in the African nation. Full text...

  • FAO, UK partnership to boost food security in Zimbabwe
    23 december 2013 19:13:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Kingdom are teaming up to support Zimbabwe’s efforts to address poverty, food insecurity and climate change. Full text...

  • New UN initiative tackles food losses in 3 African nations
    23 december 2013 16:47:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Three Rome-based UN agencies are teaming up on a US$ 2.7 million project to tackle the problem of food losses in developing countries, beginning with pilot programmes in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Full text...

  • African researchers urged to embark on demand-driven research
    23 december 2013 12:48:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As the year 2013 rolls to an end, researchers across Africa have been urged to engage in researches that are demand-driven in order to reduce the gap between their findings as well as their relevance and usage. Full text...

  • Agric production rises by 20% in Congo
    23 december 2013 12:31:16
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Agricultural production in Congo has increased by at least 20% thanks to the agricultural development and the rural roads rehabilitation project (ADRRRP), according to the country's Agriculture and Livestock Minister Rigobert Maboundou. Full text...

  • IITA scientists grow seed yams in air
    21 december 2013 15:42:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A team of scientists at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (ITTA), which is based in Nigeria's South-west city of Ibadan, has achieved a breakthrough by growing seed yams in the air, using the 'aeroponics' technology. Full text...

  • FAO, Madagascar move to curb locust invasion
    19 december 2013 11:20:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Control operations are continuing in Madagascar against an invasion of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, a voracious insect threatening rice and maize crops. Full text...

  • FAO urges West Africa to bolster agric sector
    18 december 2013 15:56:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Boosting productivity, fostering competitiveness and ensuring that small-scale farmers have greater access to markets are key to West Africa realizing its full agricultural potential, the UN food and agriculture agency (FAO) said Tuesday in a new study. Full text...

  • CAR risks food insecurity - FAO
    16 december 2013 10:54:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) need urgent assistance to prevent the food security in the conflict-stricken country from worsening for millions of people, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned Monday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire’s 3rd agric expo holds in 2015
    12 december 2013 10:43:45
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The third edition of the Ivorian government-organised Agricultural and Animal Resources Exposition (SARA) will hold 3-12 April 2015 at the future exposition park in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, the organisers announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO roots for increased mountain farming support
    11 december 2013 11:13:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • AGRA announces project to raise incomes of smallholder farmers in Africa
    10 december 2013 13:43:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Tuesday announced a five-year project that seeks to increase incomes of smallholder farmers through the creation of an enabling policy environment in Africa. Full text...

  • FAO anticipates increase in 2013 world cereal production
    05 december 2013 18:58:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World cereal production will reach a new high of almost 2,500 million tonnes, including rice in milled terms, according to new FAO estimates, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a news dispatch from Rome, Italy, Thursday. Full text...

  • Food crisis looms in Niger following inadequate supplies
    05 december 2013 13:00:19
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger will again be confronted this year with a food crisis after the country recorded a production deficit of 343,566 tons of cereals at the end of the present agricultural campaign. Full text...

  • African countries step up focus on statistics to tackle food security
    04 december 2013 15:25:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a press statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • US provides US$20m support to Tanzania’s soybean growers
    04 december 2013 09:40:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - About 3,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania will benefit from a US$20 million, four-year soybean production project sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, it was announced here Wednesday. Full text...

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