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  • Italy: FAO warns world's future food security 'in jeopardy'
    22 february 2017 11:25:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report out on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition wants Agriculture Minister probed over Zambian maizegate
    21 february 2017 14:58:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Opposition United Progressive People (UPP) party in Zambia has petitioned Chief Justice Irene Mambilima, asking him to set up a tribunal to probe the Minister of Agriculture, Dora Siliya, implicated in the US$34.5 million Zambia-Malawi maize exportation scandal, known as the maizegate scandal. Full text...

  • Gambia: Agriculture minister says country will commercialize agriculture
    20 february 2017 15:49:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Agriculture, Omar A. Jallow (OJ), has said that agriculture has to be turned from subsistence and life sustaining to commercialized farming and products exported. Full text...

  • Zambia: Southern, Eastern African nations agree on urgent actions to tackle armyworm
    16 february 2017 15:46:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Sixteen East and Southern African countries agreed Thursday on urgent plans of action aimed at boosting the region’s capacity to manage emerging crop pests and livestock diseases, including armyworm and avian influenza. Full text...

  • Italy: Outgoing IFAD chief calls for end of rural poverty
    15 february 2017 11:55:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The outgoing head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, has urged development leaders and the Fund's governors to ensure there is continued rural investment for countries to meet their commitment to ending poverty. Full text...

  • Italy: Former Togo PM to head IFAD
    15 february 2017 11:07:00
    Rome, Kenya (PANA) - Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: WB approves US$25.9m smart agriculture project in Kenya
    14 february 2017 13:58:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World Bank has approved financing of a US$25.9 million smart agriculture project in Kenya that aims to improve agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change, the group says in a statement. Full text...

  • Kenya: Drought pushing food prices up in East Africa, says FAO
    14 february 2017 13:29:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Drought throughout East Africa has sharply curbed harvests and pushed the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region, the FAO said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UAE: 'Make food systems climate resilient now or ...' - FAO warns
    13 february 2017 21:06:28
    Dubai, UAE (PANA) - Failure to act now to make food systems more resilient to climate change will seriously compromise food production in many regions, which in turn could fail international efforts to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030, the United Nations agricultural agency warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame advises Rwandan farmers on coping with climate change
    07 february 2017 16:56:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday called for a paradigm shift in the way his country adopts new farming technologies such as rain-fed agriculture to beat the wrath of the adverse effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s aquaculture on path of sustainable development, says AfDB
    04 february 2017 11:33:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) says The Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP) in The Gambia, financed by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) Trust Funds with implementation supervised by the African Development Bank (AfDB), is geared towards contributing to improved nutritional standards in rural areas, creating employment and generating supplementary income in rural communities, through fish pond farming schemes. Full text...

  • UN: FAO calls for international collaboration to deal with wheat rust
    03 february 2017 15:20:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on Friday said new data indicated that wheat in Africa, Asia and Europe is increasingly threatened by fresh groups of wheat rust, and called for early detection and rapid action to keep the fungus under control. Full text...

  • Botswana: Fresh produce import ban lifted in Botswana
    02 february 2017 14:45:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s has lifted the indefinite ban it placed on fruit and vegetable imports into the country following an outbreak of tomato leaf miner – Tuta absoluta. Full text...

  • Italy: Cereals prices rise despite improved supplies - FAO
    02 february 2017 10:34:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: FAO creates prevention tools to help keep food safe
    01 february 2017 17:40:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a set of emergency prevention tools to save lives and improve food safety and security, noting that food was contaminated every day by diseases and pests, ranging from avian flu to locusts and E. coli bacteria. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New improved maize varieties set to be released in sub-Saharan Africa
    31 january 2017 12:14:18
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - Agriculture researchers have embarked on the the replacement of old varieties of maize with some of the over 230 improved drought tolerant seeds across 12 African countries, according to an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO says US$52m needed to avert "damning" food crisis in northeast Nigeria
    30 january 2017 17:01:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Boko Haram terrorism-induced humanitarian crises in northeast Nigeria may aggravate with more “damning consequences” in the next “lean season” unless urgent and proactive measures are adopted to raise the required US$62 million to support the people in the region, according to a new report. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: FAO warns millions face food shortages in Horn of Africa
    30 january 2017 11:32:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - With as little as one-quarter of expected rainfall received, widespread drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have intensified since the failure of the October-December rains, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: AfDB supports drought resilience programme in Eritrea
    27 january 2017 18:29:07
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Eritrea’s fourth Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme was boosted Friday with announcement of a loan and a grant amounting to US $7.14 million by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Full text...

  • UN: 'US$265 billion needed annually to check poverty, hunger' - IFAD
    26 january 2017 15:16:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The world must take urgent action to mobilise the estimated US$265 billion a year needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger by 2030, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo Nwanze has said. Full text...

  • US: Sustainable agric, better-managed water supplies, vital to tackling water-food nexus – UN
    26 january 2017 06:53:17
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting the challenges associated with the inextricable links between water and food – the so-called ‘water-food nexus’ – for food security, as well as for sustainable development, the United Nations agriculture agency on Wednesday in New York outlined steps that can be taken to improve water sustainability for current and future needs. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO, Japan hold high level talks to bolster partnership
    25 january 2017 10:22:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO on Tuesday in Rome hosted a high-level delegation from Japan in a bid to bolster both sides of a strong relationship between the UN agency responsible for fighting hunger and its second-largest contributor to the core budget. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Guinea-Bissau’s rice development project receives AfDB support
    24 january 2017 17:14:19
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Guinea-Bissau’s proposed Rice Value Chain Development Project to be implemented in the Bafata and Oio regions of the country on Tuesday received the African Development Bank Group’s support with a loan and a grant amounting to US $5.67 million. Full text...

  • Kenya; IFAD, Djibouti strike deal to tackle water scarcity
    24 january 2017 15:12:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Djibouti on Tuesday signed a financial agreement to address the serious impact of water scarcity facing Djibouti's rural people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Canada grants more funding for global food safety
    24 january 2017 14:49:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Canada late Monday announced it will contribute an additional US$1 million to international bodies that develop the standards for food safety and plant protection. Full text...

  • Germany: FAO boss calls for more support to family farmers
    23 january 2017 13:23:12
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - In an era in which challenges like climate change and natural resource scarcity are making agriculture ever more knowledge-intensive, family farmers in the developing world need information and technology tools that can help them not just get by, but thrive and feed a growing world population, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • UN: FAO chief calls for better water access for small farmers
    20 january 2017 20:07:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, on Friday urged the international community to promote more efficient use of water and to take steps to secure water access, especially for poor family farmers. Full text...

  • Germany: FAO, Germany to hold forum on water and the future of food
    18 january 2017 11:25:09
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Oraganisation (FAO), is holding this year's annual Berlin Global Forum on Food and Agriculture from 19–21 January, FAO announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda seeks to boost sugar production by 2020
    17 january 2017 13:25:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities say they intend to expand sugar production capacity to respond to the growing demand of the market in the coming few years, a senior government official revealed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Italy: Drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk
    17 january 2017 10:52:53
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardise the East African nation's restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades, the UN food agency warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda bans chicken import from Uganda over bird flu outbreak
    17 january 2017 10:28:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan authorities on Tuesday announced a ban on the import of chicken and poultry products from Uganda over an avian flu outbreak in neighbouring Uganda. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia probes alleged corruption in Zambia-Malawi maize deal
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Zambia has disclosed that investigations have been instituted into alleged corruption relating to the Zambia-Malawi maize deal. Full text...

  • UN: IFAD, Mauritanian authorities partner to support farmers
    12 january 2017 20:55:06
    New York, US (PANA) - A new partnership between the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mauritanian authorities is expected to boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country. Full text...

  • Italy: Food commodity prices fell for fifth straight year in 2016 - FAO
    12 january 2017 10:43:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President prods MPs to join fight against army worms
    03 january 2017 15:02:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the country tackles the destruction of maize fields by army worms, Zambian President Edgar Lungu says measures to control the outbreak are steadily yielding results, but he regrets the absence of members of Parliament in the national emergency operation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Horn of Africa braces for another hunger seasons, warns FAO
    20 december 2016 13:14:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit the region this year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO chief says women hold key to attaining zero-hunger
    16 december 2016 13:46:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but also a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Population growth in sub-Sahara Africa to triple cereal demand by 2050
    15 december 2016 19:02:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Although several studies have shown the global increase in food demand by 2050 can be met by increasing yields on existing cropland, a new study has found that countries south of the Sahara would be unable to meet growing cereal demand through yield increases alone. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Female researcher tops the list of African Women of the year 2016 in Agriculture
    15 december 2016 14:43:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dr. Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda, has topped the list of 2016’s African Women of the year in Agriculture, Mining and Architecture, especially for her efforts towards a food secure Africa by the famous New African Woman Magazine, according to a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ADF extends US$ 93.51m loan to support Tanzania's agriculture sector
    14 december 2016 19:31:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Supporting Tanzania’s agriculture, the Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a US$ 93.51 million loan to Tanzania for on-lending to the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB), the Abidjan-based Fund announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari urges Nigerians to "grow what we eat and consume what we make"
    14 december 2016 18:33:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to grow what they eat and consume what they make. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO data point at strong potential of forest sector in emerging bioeconomies
    14 december 2016 11:44:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: FAO urges investing in agric, science, technology to achieve 2030 ‘zero hunger’ target
    13 december 2016 21:48:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations announced on Tuesday, at a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists, that in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector must increase commitment to agricultural science and technology research. Full text...

  • Italy: Colombia President Santos to visit FAO
    13 december 2016 12:51:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Colombian President and Nobel laureate Juan Manuel Santos will visit the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome on 15 December for talks with the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. Full text...

  • Tunisia: IFAD calls for agric investment to address poverty, inequality in Near East and North Africa
    09 december 2016 14:12:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Income inequality and a rising rural-urban divide, compounded by political instability, are the most challenging issues in the Near East and North Africa, says a new report unveiled here Thursday by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Full text...

  • Italy: Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity - FAO
    08 december 2016 11:50:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely affected food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a UN Food and Agriculture FAO report. Full text...

  • Italy: Food prices broadly stable amid record cereal inventories - FAO
    08 december 2016 11:23:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Food Price Index dipped slightly in November, marking a mild departure from its steady rise over the course of 2016, the organisation said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches relief support for 13.8 million drought victims in southern Africa
    07 december 2016 18:44:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the worst El Nino-induced drought in decades in southern Africa, UN humanitarian agencies and partners on Wednesday launched a revised Action Plan to outlining their response to the needs of an estimated 13.8 million people as the region enters the peak of the lean season with largely depleted food stocks due to poor and failed harvests. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for healthy soils for sustainable food production
    05 december 2016 15:48:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday stressed the importance of healthy soils, saying that "sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, sequester more carbon and increase resilience to a changing climate." Full text...

  • Italy: World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture
    05 december 2016 14:00:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on World Soil Day. Full text...

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