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  • 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...

  • Oxfam urges CFS govts to ensure biofuels don’t force poor farmers off the land
    05 october 2013 09:57:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Governments must put people’s right to food before short term commercial interests, said international agency Oxfam ahead of the 40th annual meeting of the Committee on Food Security (CFS), to be held in Rome, Italy, 7-11 Oct. 2013. Full text...

  • CAADP chief says Africa’s agriculture on growth path
    03 october 2013 21:15:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Mr. Martin Bwalya, has said 10 years after the Maputo declaration that gave birth to the agriculture framework, the sector has now been put in the front burner of development. Full text...

  • UN, Malawi launch relief operation to assist 1.5 million in need of food aid
    02 october 2013 19:01:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN, the Government of Malawi and other international partners have launched a relief operation for about 1.5 million people in need of food assistance in Malawi due to weather and high food prices. Full text...

  • Millions still undernourished despite decline in hunger globally - UN report
    01 october 2013 22:12:32
    New York, US (PANA) - A report by three UN agencies released on Tuesday says although the number of hungry people worldwide has decreased, millions are still undernourished. Full text...

  • Nigeria hosts int'l workshop on animal research, care, use
    23 september 2013 18:58:21
    Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria (PANA) - An International workshop on Animal Care and Use in Research, Education and Testing (ACURET) has opened at the privately-owned Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, South West Nigeria, with a call on scientists to uphold ethical standard when experimenting with animals. Full text...

  • President Jonathan wants China to support Nigeria's agric sector
    18 september 2013 18:59:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday in Abuja said that Nigeria would welcome the deployment of China’s renowned agricultural expertise in support of efforts to positively transform Nigeria’s agricultural sector, a presidency press statement indicated here. Full text...

  • FAO report says one-third of world’s food wasted annually
    11 september 2013 18:32:20
    New York, US (PANA) – A UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) report, launched on Wednesday, said the waste of some 1.3 billion tons of food each year is causing economic losses of US$ 750 billion and significant damage to the environment. Full text...

  • Why Green Revolution has not materialised in Africa
    07 september 2013 12:44:45
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A Green Revolution cannot materialise in Africa without a major concerted effort to secure financing for agricultural production, the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) has warned. Full text...

  • Botswana to host NEPAD, SADC nutrition capacity workshop
    06 september 2013 18:50:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Botswana will host the Southern Africa Regional Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Nutrition Capacity Development Workshop 9-11 Sept. in the capital city of Gaborone, the organisers announced Friday. Full text...

  • IITA scientist wins 2013 Norman Borlaug award
    06 september 2013 18:00:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A research scientist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Charity Mutegi, has won the 2013 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, the research institute said Friday. Full text...

  • FAO says global food prices continue to drop
    05 september 2013 21:05:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Global food prices dropped for the fourth month in a row in August, reaching its lowest level since June 2012, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Nigerian farmers to benefit from low-interest loans this season
    05 september 2013 19:46:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has approved a grant of 15 billion Naira (about US$94 million) to the country’s Bank of Agriculture (BOA) which will in turn grant loans to farmers at a single-digit interest rate for the 2013 farming season, Vice President Namadi Sambo, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Lesotho becomes 34th African country to sign CAADP compact
    05 september 2013 19:16:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Southern African country of Lesotho has become the 34th country in Africa to sign the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact, at a ceremony witnessed by the country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Motsoahae Thabane, in the capital city of Maseru. Full text...

  • AFEX, Nigerian govt. sign MOU on warehouse project for farmers
    05 september 2013 12:30:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Pan African firm, African Exchange Holdings Company (AFEX), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian government to create a pioneering warehouse receipt system that will enable farmers and cooperatives to safely store their produce at accredited warehouses. Full text...

  • FAO says food security situation in Sahel remains dire
    04 september 2013 19:38:38
    New York, US (PANA) - About 11 million people in the Sahel region of Africa still do not have enough food to meet their basic needs, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • African Green Revolution Forum opens in Maputo
    04 september 2013 14:45:52
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) opens Wednesday in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, bringing together over 150 leading figures and experts, including African heads of state, ministers, farmers, business leaders, NGO representatives and scientists. Full text...

  • AGRA launches Africa Agriculture Status Report
    04 september 2013 09:30:37
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Wednesday launched its inaugural report on the state of African agriculture, according to the Alliance which is working to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa through the promotion of rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers. Full text...

  • WFP says 2.2 million Zimbabweans need food assistance
    03 september 2013 16:28:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said that an estimated 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe are expected to need food assistance by early next year before the harvest period in March. Full text...

  • Nigeria to ban rice importation in 2014
    30 august 2013 08:06:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria will stop the importation of rice next year to enhance local production, the local Guardian newspaper reported Friday, quoting a Director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Adebisi Buhari. Full text...

  • Participants say healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa
    27 august 2013 16:26:11
    New York, US (PANA) – Participants in a UN-backed conference said strengthening Full text...

  • WFP needs US$84m to tackle food insecurity in South Sudan
    23 august 2013 21:39:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said it needed US$84 million to extend its assistance to more than 2.8 million people in need in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Togo hosts workshop on women in agriculture
    20 august 2013 22:54:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – About 20 coordinators and representatives of gender programmes in West Africa are discussing the best practices for the effective consideration of women in agricultural activities at a workshop in Lomé. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. urged to provide facilities for mycotoxin research
    17 august 2013 20:17:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria (MYCOTOXSON) has called on the Nigerian government to provide facilities for mycotoxin research within the country, PANA reported Saturday, quoting from a communiqué released at the end of its conference and workshop in Ado-Ekiti, south west Nigeria. Full text...

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