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  • 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...

  • Uganda's Community Farm's panacea for feeding Africa's extreme poverty
    02 december 2013 15:30:03
    Kamuli, Uganda (PANA) - The answer to feeding Africa’s extreme poverty could be Africa itself, according to the Uganda Community Organic Farm (UCOF). Full text...

  • African countries urged to build on agricultural successes
    29 november 2013 12:43:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African countries have been told to build on the successes recorded since the introduction of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a flagship of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) 10 years ago, Full text...

  • FAO urges greater access to non-traditional dairy products
    26 november 2013 21:34:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday urged governments to invest in programmes that help poor families keep small dairy livestock. Full text...

  • UN launches Int'l Family Farming Year
    23 november 2013 15:03:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The United Nations has launched the 2014 International Year of Family Farming to stress the vast potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources, the UN Food and Agriculture agency said on Friday Full text...

  • Pilot programme of agric project to empower women takes off in Nigerian state
    22 november 2013 13:53:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The pilot scheme of a project designed to assist Nigerian women farmers in agricultural development has kicked off in the country's South-west Ogun state, according to the promoters of the project, Caterina de' Medici Africa Projects Ltd (CDMA). Full text...

  • Kenyan farmers, fish bodies seal deal to safeguard food security
    20 november 2013 14:14:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Believing that fishing and agriculture work together to achieve food security and promote rural development, two key global agriculture and food organisations have sealed a deal aimed at safeguarding global food security. Full text...

  • Key global farmers' bodies seal food security deal
    20 november 2013 11:16:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Against the background that fishing and agriculture work together to achieve food security and promote rural development, the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) and the World Fish Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understand on food security this week. Full text...

  • Agriculture: Farmers' body faults UN Climate Change talks
    15 november 2013 09:36:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World Farmers Organization (WFO) has said it is not impressed with the 'superficial attention' the world is paying to Agriculture at the ongoing UN Framework Convention for Climate Change meeting in Warsaw, Poland. Full text...

  • FAO, WHO seek to improve nutrition globally
    13 november 2013 23:01:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says food systems will need to change significantly to tackle severe nutrition problems that currently afflict more than half of the world’s population. Full text...

  • ICT set to transform small holder farming in Africa
    08 november 2013 15:39:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Smallholder farming, the backbone of many African economies, is set to be transformed by a combination of investment and increasing access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Full text...

  • Agriculture Fast Track Fund accepting application for new grants
    08 november 2013 12:30:14
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Applications for new grants are now being accepted by the Agriculture Fast Track (AFT) Fund, a new multi-donor trust fund managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Full text...

  • FAO says food prices expected to be less volatile
    07 november 2013 20:44:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says improved supplies and a recovery in global inventories of cereals has led to less price volatility than in recent years, noting that food prices over the past month rose slightly, driven by higher sugar prices. Full text...

  • FAO launches programme to support farmers in Benin
    05 november 2013 19:33:47
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday launched an emergency response programme to support farmers in northern Benin, who lost crops, livestock and fishing grounds when the region was hit by floods in August. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: WFP calls for more funding to boost food aid
    01 november 2013 21:29:42
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday called for more financial support to boost its humanitarian efforts in Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • 'Consistent research funding necessary for Africa's agric. development'
    01 november 2013 16:37:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina, Friday decried the low level of financial resources being channelled towards agricultural research across Africa. Full text...

  • African countries urged to invest more in agricultural research
    31 october 2013 19:07:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - African countries must collaborate, mobilise more fund and share experiences with a view to strengthening agricultural research that will stimulate development in the sector, according to Dr. Irene Annor-Frempond, Director of Capacity Strengthening, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). Full text...

  • 'Africa’s agric. achieves 4% growth rate'
    31 october 2013 13:29:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Agriculture in Africa has experienced an average of 4% annual Gross Domestic Production (GDP) growth in the last 10 years, well above what obtained in the previous decades, according to an African agriculture development programme official Full text...

  • African countries urged to sustain achievements in agriculture
    30 october 2013 10:20:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - African countries have been called upon to work harmoniously in sustaining and building upon the achievements recorded in agriculture since the establishment 10 years ago of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Full text...

  • 2.2m Zimbabweans need food assistance early next year -WFP
    30 october 2013 08:28:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said some 2.2 million Zimbabweans will need food assistance in the pre-harvest period from January to March next year, warning that food security in the southern African country continues to deteriorate. Full text...

  • Niger to host 2013 Africa food nutrition day celebration
    29 october 2013 23:24:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Developing new strategies to tackle malnutrition and under-development in Africa will form part of the focus for this year’s Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day (ADFNS) celebration being marked on Wednesday in the capital of Niger, Niamey. Full text...

  • Agric in Africa on growth path - CAADP chief
    28 october 2013 13:22:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ten years after the establishment of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the continent has developed an effective and efficient framework that has placed the development of agriculture on top of its agenda, according to the head of CAADP, Mr. Martin Bwalya. Full text...

  • WFP calls for more funding to curb food crisis in Madagascar
    26 october 2013 16:28:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has stressed the urgency of bridging a US$ 25 million funding gap in Madagascar to curb the food crisis in the country, sparked by erratic weather and a locust invasion. Full text...

  • Inaugural banana conference holds in Kenya
    23 october 2013 14:45:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Over 300 experts Wednesday commenced a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed at discussing the key issues affecting the banana sector, the organisers said. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for sustainable food system to end hunger
    16 october 2013 20:57:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment. Full text...

  • Food security, climate change interlinked, says UNFCCC
    16 october 2013 14:45:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the world commemorates the World Food Day which this year is focusing on Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition, the United Nation’s top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, has warned that efforts to end world hunger must be aligned with tackling climate change. Full text...

  • UN agencies say 4 million people in Madagascar face food insecurity
    11 october 2013 16:38:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Some four million people in rural Madagascar are food insecure after rice and maize production took a bad hit this year due to weather conditions and a locust invasion, according to UN agencies. Full text...

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