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  • Mobile phone revolutionising Kenya’s livestock sector
    03 march 2013 16:57:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Farmers and veterinarians across Africa are increasingly using cell phones to issue alerts quickly about possible animal disease outbreaks at a very early stage and to track wide-scale vaccination campaigns, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • Expert calls for 'all-inclusive approach' to address food insecurity W. Africa
    26 february 2013 21:25:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The attainment of food and nutrition security in West Africa requires an all-inclusive approach in which civil society and farmer-based organisations have a crucial role to play, according to an agriculture expert. Full text...

  • FAO wants child labour tackled in livestock sector
    26 february 2013 18:13:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Child labour in the livestock sector is widespread and largely ignored, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has released the first global study on child labour issues related to livestock. Full text...

  • Small farmers risk exclusion from biofuels certification schemes - FAO
    26 february 2013 18:06:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The way certification schemes for biofuels are structured makes it difficult for smallholder producers and many developing countries to participate in export markets, according to a new report from UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • East Africa using agric biotechnology to eradicate food insecurity
    25 february 2013 12:48:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Some dozen African researchers and policy makers who gathered Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the first international conference on agricultural biotechnology research, have agreed to work together to harmonize their methods in the fight against food insecurity, particularly in the East African sub-region. Full text...

  • Greenpeace warns Senegal against over-exploitation of white grouper fish
    23 february 2013 14:54:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Greenpeace on Saturday urged the Senegalese authorities to urgently put in place a strategy to save the white grouper fish, which has become an endangered species due to years of over-exploitation. Full text...

  • Mali, EU, WFP sign agreement to fight food insecurity
    23 february 2013 12:49:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali, the European Union and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday signed a partnership agreement of about 9.8 billion CFAF to fight food insecurity in the West African country. Full text...

  • FAO partners Sudan, Egypt over control of locust invasion
    22 february 2013 19:00:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is working in partnership with the Egyptian and Sudanese governments to control the latest threat from desert locusts. Full text...

  • Trading, health of animals take centre stage at international conference in Lome
    20 february 2013 21:35:59
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - Issues related to the trading in and health of animals are the subjects of discussion at the 20th conference of the Regional Commission for Africa of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) underway in Lome. Full text...

  • Tanzania to host NEPAD confab on nutrition
    20 february 2013 17:57:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), through its flagship programme - the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) - is set to hold a special workshop on nutrition from 25 February to 1 March in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital. Full text...

  • Niger launches int'l appeal fund for humanitarian needs
    19 february 2013 16:52:35
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien government Tuesday launched an international appeal for funds, targeting 177 billion CFA Francs, to enable it finance and co-ordinate its humanitarian needs. Full text...

  • Nwanze gets another 4 years as IFAD President
    14 february 2013 18:29:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has re-appointed, for another four-year term, Nigerian-born Kanayo F. Nwanze, as the organisation's President. Full text...

  • Japan grants Burundi food aid worth US$ 6.8 million
    13 february 2013 17:04:53
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Japan will give Burundi food aid, worth US$ 6.8 million, diplomatic sources here told PANA, saying that an agreement to that effect was signed Wednesday between the Burundi Minister of Foreign Relations and International Cooperation, Laurent Kavakure, and the Japanese ambassador to Burundi, Takata Toshihisa. Full text...

  • Irish president voices support for fight against hunger
    08 february 2013 19:00:50
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Over the past 10 years, Ireland has made voluntary contributions of over US$ 13 million to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), invested mainly in development and emergency action at national and regional levels and focused on reducing food losses and waste. Full text...

  • Mauritania gets Euros 1.5m French food aid
    08 february 2013 12:52:43
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - France has given Mauritania, through the World Food Programme (WFP), Euros 1.5 million in food aid, the French Embassy announced Friday. Full text...

  • Khartoum opposed to UN food aid plans for two Sudanese regions
    07 february 2013 14:23:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has complained against a UN report that the world organization will take food to the needy population in some areas inside Sudan, even without the prior consent of the government in Khartoum. Full text...

  • EU, Algeria launch agric project
    07 february 2013 12:23:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and Algeria have launched an agricultural project aimed at setting up an observatory for agricultural and agro-food sectors, according to a statement issued in Brussels on Thursday. Full text...

  • Agroforestry key to improving food security - FAO
    05 february 2013 09:51:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Millions of people could escape poverty, hunger and environmental degradation if countries put more effort into promoting agroforestry, an integrated approach combining trees with crop or livestock production, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • FESA, FAO sign cooperation accord in Angola
    01 february 2013 13:24:16
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA) and the UN Agriculture and Food Organisation (FAO) Thursday in Luanda, the Angolan capital, signed a cooperation accord on farming projects. Full text...

  • Indian, Ethiopian activists against land grabbing meet in New Delhi
    31 january 2013 09:22:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) and the Oakland Institute in the US will convene a day-long summit on 6 February at the India International Centre, New Delhi, bringing together activists resisting land grabs across India and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • 'Cotton production rising in Togo'
    30 january 2013 13:44:44
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Cotton production in Togo, in tatters over the past four years, has increased by 161.3% in 2012, official sources told PANA Wednesday in Lome. Full text...

  • FAO director general visits Angola
    30 january 2013 10:19:14
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, arrived here Wednesday for a two-day working visit to Angola. Full text...

  • 'World risks new bird flu surge if ...'
    29 january 2013 17:23:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The world risks a repeat of the disastrous 2006 bird flu outbreaks unless surveillance and control of this and other dangerous animal diseases is strengthened globally, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO, UNEP and partners launch global campaign to curtail food waste
    22 january 2013 18:57:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Simple actions by consumers and food retailers can dramatically cut the 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted each year and help shape a sustainable future. Full text...

  • Nigeria's agric reforms to create 3.5m jobs - Pres. Jonathan
    22 january 2013 12:57:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 'bold' reforms of Nigeria's agricultural and allied sectors will create 3.5 million jobs and add 20 million metric tons of food to domestic supply by 2015, according to President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • FAO, Germany call for 'significant increase' in investment in agriculture
    19 january 2013 12:56:33
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Germany have called for "a significant increase in responsible investments" in agriculture to eradicate hunger and feed a growing world population. Full text...

  • Nigeria, USAID partner to increase agriculture financing
    18 january 2013 11:36:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has entered into an agreement to scale up financing for the agriculture sector, according to the privately-owned Guardian Newspaper. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria will attain self sufficiency in rice production by 2015'
    16 january 2013 12:07:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian minister of state for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Tijani, has said that the West African State is determined to be self sufficient in rice production and end the importation of the commodity by 2015, according to the privately-owned Punch newspaper. Full text...

  • FAO, France join efforts to improve seed quality in South Sudan
    15 january 2013 17:59:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new agricultural programme in South Sudan is helping vulnerable farmers to improve their livelihoods by boosting the quality of the seeds used to produce key crops, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a news dispatch Tuesday. Full text...

  • Berlin to host int'l trade fair for fresh fruits, vegetables
    14 january 2013 17:04:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - "Fruit Logistica", the world's leading international trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, is set to put on this year's exhibition showcasing fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, fresh convenience products, dried fruits, nuts, herbs and spices, organic products, self-service flowers and potted plants. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index down 7 per cent in 2012
    10 january 2013 20:16:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Food Price Index dropped for the third consecutive month in December 2012, edging down 1.1 per cent, the UN agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon to host 3rd African rice congress in October
    08 january 2013 21:22:38
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The third African rice congress will take place from 21 to 24 October in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital city, a communiqué issued on Tuesday in Cotonou by Africa’s Rice Centre (Africarice) has announced. Full text...

  • African army worm detected in Botswana
    08 january 2013 17:19:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - An outbreak of African army worm, which destroys crops, has been announced in Botswana. Full text...

  • Research institutes release two new cassava varieties in Nigeria
    05 january 2013 10:22:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In an effort to consolidate its lead as the world’s largest producer of cassava, two new varieties of the root crop have been developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, and the Nigerian Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, in eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Group laments smuggling of rice into Nigeria
    03 january 2013 12:58:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Rice Millers, Processors and Dealers Association of Nigeria (RIMDAN) has raised the alarm over the rate at which rice, especially of low quality, is being smuggled into the country through the neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • FAO chief hails fallen Goodwill Envoy
    31 december 2012 17:11:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death of Italian scientist and physician Rita Levi Montalcini, 103, has claimed a tireless advocate for a hunger-free world, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria minister scores agriculture sector high in 2012
    26 december 2012 12:53:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's agriculture sector has performed creditably in the out-going year, enhancing the capacity of farmers and mitigating the effect of flood disaster that ravaged many states across the country, according to Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Akinwumi Adeshina. Full text...

  • Gambia gets US$ 20 million grant from IFAD
    21 december 2012 17:35:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian government has got US$ 20.28 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance a new project that is expected to improve the condition of farmers in rural areas in the West African country. Full text...

  • Zambian President urges millers to reduce maize meal prices
    21 december 2012 13:49:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s President Michael Sata has described the recent hike in prices of the country’s staple food, mealie-meal, as “unjustified and unacceptable”. Full text...

  • Darfurian farmers enjoy bumper harvest as deal keeps grazing animals away
    20 december 2012 12:38:25
    Kebkabiya, Sudan (PANA) - A new project funded by the second phase of the Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) has brought peaceful coexistence for farmers and herders in Kebkabiya this cropping season, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Forest products industry slowly recovers from recession
    18 december 2012 12:43:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The global forest products industry is slowly recovering from the economic crisis, with the Asia-Pacific region and particularly China taking the lead, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Africa countries making progress in agriculture- Report
    17 december 2012 09:55:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African countries are making steady progress towards improving the agricultural sector, as more countries become active in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme(CAADP), which aims to improve food security, rural development as well as to reduce poverty. Full text...

  • Researchers get US$25.2m grant to boost cassava production in Africa
    15 december 2012 22:01:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the US-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are investing US$25.2 million to improve cassava productivity and build human and technical capacity for plant breeding in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Niger records grain surplus of 419,964 tons
    14 december 2012 11:20:58
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger recorded a grain surplus of 419,964 tons at the end of the 2012 crop year, the government said in a statement in the capital, Niamey, Friday Full text...

  • IITA’s cassava varieties, prospects for tackling famine in Africa
    10 december 2012 16:47:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Ibadan, South West Nigeria, has developed improved cassava varieties with high prospects of tackling the seasonal bouts of famine in the Horn of Africa region, according to a statement from the Research Institute, made available to PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Food security linked to peace in the Sahel, says FAO chief
    08 december 2012 14:16:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said that improving food security in the Sahel will contribute to peace and stability in the region. Full text...

  • Food security improves in Sudan despite conflicts
    07 december 2012 15:52:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Most parts of Sudan, including war-ravaged areas, are witnessing improved food security, a report prepared by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in collaboration with humanitarian partners, said here Friday. Full text...

  • FAO urges govts to create favorable investment climate for farmers
    06 december 2012 14:29:08
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Making more and better investments in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty while safeguarding the environment, according to a key message from FAO´s flagship annual report - The State of Food and Agriculture 2012 (SOFA) - presented Thursday in Rome, the Italian capital. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index drops by 3 percent
    06 december 2012 09:17:24
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index averaged 211 points in November 2012, down 3 points (1.5 percent) from October and the lowest since June 2012, FAO said Thursday. Full text...

  • IIED report urges new development agenda for small-scale farming
    01 december 2012 08:30:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A three-year study of the ways small-scale farmers operate in Africa, Asia and Latin America has prompted calls for a major rethink of development and business interventions. Full text...

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