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  • Italy: Meeting of Committee on World Food Security opens
    12 october 2015 13:25:08
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) opened its plenary on Monday marking the first international gathering on food security and nutrition since global leaders approved the Sustainable Development Agenda's goals. Full text...

  • UN: Food prices staying lower for longer periods – FAO
    08 october 2015 19:02:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Food prices are staying lower for longer periods, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday, saying that "lower food prices seem to be a boon to food security and are indeed just that for households who spend a large share of their income on food purchases." Full text...

  • UN: Rice genetics placed in global data pool to help develop sustainable crops - FAO
    08 october 2015 13:34:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The genome sequences of thousands of rice varieties have been placed Full text...

  • UN: FAO delivers agric aid to hard-to-access areas in S/Sudan
    05 october 2015 14:32:10
    New York,US (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Monday announced that its rapid response operation in conflict-torn South Sudan has delivered livelihood assistance to 60,000 food-insecure households in hard-to-reach areas of northern Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Experts discuss ways to promote orange-fleshed sweet potato in Africa
    29 september 2015 12:02:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Global agricultural research consortium CGIAR Tuesday convened a panel of experts, decision makers and donors a for three-day scientific conference to promote orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) to enhance dietary Vitamin A among vulnerable populations in African region, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: 'Malawi facing worst food crisis in decade, requires US$81 million in relief aid'
    25 september 2015 18:44:36
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 2.8 million people will face hunger in the coming months Full text...

  • UN: WFP partners with global brands to boost food aid to families affected by war
    21 september 2015 13:37:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has unveiled a new partnership Full text...

  • UN: FAO says global food prices hit lowest level in almost seven years
    10 september 2015 16:37:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The price of major food commodities continued to drop through Full text...

  • FAO: 'World deforestation slows down'
    07 september 2015 14:08:13
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The world's forests continue to shrink as populations increase and forest land is converted to agriculture and other uses, but over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 percent, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report published Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Cameroon dedicates US$20 million to support national agricultural development
    04 september 2015 17:47:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Cameroon and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Full text...

  • UN: FAO, MasterCard join forces to support refugees, small-scale farmers
    03 september 2015 13:42:07
    New York US (PANA) - Residents at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya will soon be able to buy charcoal produced in an environmentally-friendly way by local farmers as part of an innovative new alliance between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and a leader in global payments and a technology company, MasterCard, to support small farmers and poor families. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Report projects Africa to have one low income country by 2050
    01 september 2015 19:40:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Most African countries that today are considered low income will transition to middle income status within 15 years, and all but one will be middle income by 2050, according to the Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR), released Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO: 3 African nations, 5 others to sharpen long-term climate change adaptation strategies
    01 september 2015 10:58:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new UN programme funded by Germany will help eight developing countries, three of which are from Africa, revamp and strengthen their adaptation responses to climate change, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said, Full text...

  • Italy: Sweden's "We Effect", FAO to support small-scale forest and farm producers
    31 august 2015 12:34:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – The FAO and the Swedish-based development cooperation organization, "We Effect", have agreed to work together to strengthen small-scale forest and farm producers' organizations in developing countries so they can access land and markets and improve the livelihoods of their members. Full text...

  • FAO: Potato varieties to be stored for perpetuity
    28 august 2015 11:32:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Varieties of one of the world's most important staple crops will be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice Friday, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD enhances cereal production in Kenya’s semi-arid counties
    26 august 2015 20:57:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Kenya and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday signed an agreement to finance the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme – Climate-Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window (KCEP-CRAL) - that will benefit 10,000 smallholder farmers, including women-headed households and young people. Full text...

  • Botswana: Livestock theft rises along Botswana, Zimbabwe border
    26 august 2015 10:41:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has bemoaned the increasing theft of livestock along the country’s border with Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • FAO: Satellite data can provide new insights into more efficient, productive water use
    24 august 2015 09:49:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new open-access data portal to be developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource, the UN agency said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN warns El Nino to hit Somalia worse than famine
    20 august 2015 15:24:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Heavy rains leading to an El Nino climate event will affect nearly a million people in Southern Somalia, leading to a humanitarian crisis worse than the 2011 drought that attracted worldwide attention, UN officials warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde agricultural census set for October 2015
    19 august 2015 18:34:39
    Praia, Cap Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde has set aside 4.9 million Euros for conducting the fifth general census of its agricultural sector in October, an official of the country's Ministry of Rural Development, Eva Ortet, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO: Food Price Index hits lowest level in almost 6 years
    06 august 2015 12:26:49
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Prices for major food commodities in July hit their lowest average monthly level since September 2009, as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals. Full text...

  • FAO: Momentum gathers for international pact to combat rogue fishing
    30 july 2015 11:20:34
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - An increasing number of countries is ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, fueling interest in how best to implement the instrument, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO roots for contract farming
    28 july 2015 21:29:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Contract farming – an expanding practice in which farmers produce agricultural goods for specific buyers in set quantities at prearranged prices – is getting a new tool to guide growers and buyers in establishing sound contracts and conflict resolution procedures. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Niger secures IFAD financing to support family farmers in three regions
    28 july 2015 17:57:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Niger and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Tuesday signed an agreement to finance the Family Farming Development Programme (FFDP) in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder regions of the West African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Senegal’s tsetse fly eradication project wins award for best sustainable practices
    24 july 2015 18:46:30
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A project in Senegal to eradicate tsetse flies that is jointly supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been selected as one of 18 Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security at the ongoing EXPO Milano 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to transform agriculture for inclusive economic growth
    23 july 2015 15:34:19
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius Thursday signed its national Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact which is Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all. Full text...

  • FAO: Concerns rise over avian flu outbreak in West Africa
    20 july 2015 10:37:45
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem the outbreak of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU, FAO launch new programmes to boost food, nutrition security
    16 july 2015 14:29:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a new partnership agreement to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience in at least 35 countries. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/FAO: FAO Chief harps on ways of achieving zero hunger
    16 july 2015 14:05:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Highlighting the historic opportunity to become the "Zero Hunger generation", FAO Director-General José Graziano Da Silva on Wednesday called for additional investments in social protection and rural development. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa’s largest gene bank in Ethiopia helps bolster biodiversity, food security
    15 july 2015 20:21:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “Investing in the well-being of our planet and halting climate change should not be seen as a ‘cost’, but as a worthwhile investment," UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said on Wednesday during a visit to Africa’s largest gene bank in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD coaxes DRC to invest in agricultural sector
    13 july 2015 13:26:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, is due in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday for discussions with high-level government officials on how investing in the agricultural sector can contribute to food security, improve nutrition besides creating jobs for rural women and youth, the UN agency announced in Rome Monday. Full text...

  • UN: US$160 per year for each person living in extreme poverty will end chronic hunger - new UN report
    10 july 2015 14:00:02
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Eradicating world hunger by 2030 will require the injection of an estimated US$267 billion per year on average for investments in rural and urban areas and in social protection, so that poor people will have access to food and can improve their livelihoods, according to a new UN report. Full text...

  • UN: FAO forecasts positive 2015 world crop prospects, warns on food insecurity
    09 july 2015 17:45:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Favourable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead Full text...

  • Sudan: WFP donates US$700 million to Sudan for food assistance
    09 july 2015 12:46:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) plans to boost development in the Sudan during the coming two fiscal years with US$700, according to a report by the SUNA news agency Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'South Sudan facing hunger, suffering on 4th independence anniversary'
    09 july 2015 12:18:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After separating from Sudan four years ago, South Sudan bubbled with great hope for the future, but this hope was dashed as the world's newest nation has since been battered by violence and political crisis. Full text...

  • UN: UN food standards body deliberate on new food safety, quality standards
    07 july 2015 17:43:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN food standards body, Codex Alimentarius Commission, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: WB gives Burkina Faso 15b CFAF for regional pastoral project
    07 july 2015 11:17:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The World Bank (WB) has given Burkina Faso a grant of 15 billion CFAF (US$25 million) for a pastoral project to strengthen the country’s productivity in the sector, sources at the Ministry of Economy told PANA here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO: Two initiatives in Niger, Senegal win FAO awards
    06 july 2015 12:00:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Two Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects have earned awards in an EXPO 2015 competition aimed at spotlighting best practices in sustainability in international food security work, the UN agency said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • OECD/FAO: Lower agric products prices predicted
    02 july 2015 11:31:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade. Full text...

  • FAO: Regional integration, high road to agric growth in West Africa - Report
    02 july 2015 10:56:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, according to a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • UN: New FAO report projects steady decline in food prices over next decade
    01 july 2015 15:53:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Real prices for global agricultural products will continue their gradual Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon seeks 1,500 billion CFAF to modernize agriculture
    30 june 2015 21:11:45
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé, will on 16-17 September host an international conference dubbed "Business Meeting" to seek about 1,500 billion CFAF to modernize the country's agriculture, sources at the ministry of Agriculture told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Southern Africa regional crop production down 22 percent
    29 june 2015 14:53:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Regional crop production in Southern Africa is down by 22 percent in the last one year and by 12 percent on average in the past five years average, mainly as a result of erratic rainfall across southern Africa, combined with floods in Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique. Full text...

  • UN: Sustainable soil management key to curbing climate change, ensuring food security - FAO
    24 june 2015 08:02:34
    New York, US (PANA) - A newly-released UN-backed publication said mountain soils are of great importance to ecosystem and food security, highlighting technical insights and human activities of a sustainable soil management approach with special attention to mountain peoples. Full text...

  • Netherlands: Rabobank Foundation, FAO to expand partnership
    23 june 2015 16:13:01
    Utrecht, Netherlands (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rabobank Foundation, FAO expand partnership
    22 june 2015 17:21:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation on Monday announced a plan to scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa. Full text...

  • FAO: DG welcomes Papal Encyclical on climate change
    19 june 2015 09:42:49
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has welcomed the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change and Environment, released Thursday by Pope Francis. Full text...

  • FAO: 'Global warming will affect food production'
    18 june 2015 12:44:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global warming will have profound consequences on where and how food is produced, and also lead to a reduction in the nutritional properties of some crops, all of which have policy implications for the fight against hunger and poverty and for the global food trade, experts say in a new book. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso launches two projects to ensure food self-sufficiency
    18 june 2015 11:05:05
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso has launched two major projects with the objective of boosting agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in the West African nation, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD financing to boost wool, mohair production in Lesotho
    17 june 2015 16:47:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –Lesotho and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday signed an agreement for a US$5.8 million loan, a $5.8 million IFAD Debt Sustainability Framework grant and an additional $7 million grant from IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) to finance the Wool and Mohair Promotion Project (WAMPP). Full text...

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