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  • 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...

  • FARA, IITA pledge collaboration on agric research
    16 august 2013 19:45:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Executive Director of the Accra-based Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, has called for greater collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, south west Nigeria, on the development of agriculture on the continent. Full text...

  • Aflasafe plant begins test run in Nigeria
    14 august 2013 17:21:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A manufacturing plant for the production of aflasafe is currently undergoing a test run at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, capital of Nigeria's South West Oyo State. Full text...

  • UNICEF steps up support as Namibia grapples with worst drought in decades
    12 august 2013 18:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) – UNICEF on Monday said it was scaling up support, including nutrition education and infant feeding activities in Namibia, which is currently facing its worst drought in three decades. Full text...

  • FAO says food prices fall for third consecutive month
    09 august 2013 22:01:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday that global food prices declined for the third consecutive month, largely driven by lower international prices for grains, soy and palm oil, while sugar, meat and dairy prices were also down. Full text...

  • Nigerian farmers to benefit from US govt-sponsored agric projects
    04 august 2013 15:34:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thousands of farmers in Nigeria's South-west Ondo State will benefit from some agricultural projects, currently being supported by the US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria. Full text...

  • East African countries take steps to enhance food security
    03 august 2013 18:54:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new initiative aimed at enhancing cooperation among East African countries in the area of food and nutrition security has come on stream, according to a statement from Economic Commission For Africa (ECA) made available to PANA in Lagos on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan finally signs CAADP Compact
    31 july 2013 13:09:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ten years since the African Union (AU) leaders adopted the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Sudan has officially added its signature to the compact, becoming the 32nd country to do so. Full text...

  • WFP Executive Director ends fact-finding mission to Rwanda
    22 july 2013 14:04:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Monday ended a three-day visit to Rwanda during which she visited projects supported by the UN Agency to improve food security in the African country, including a food-for-work exchange programme that benefits some 3,000 formerly destitute peasants. Full text...

  • African agric science week ends
    21 july 2013 16:32:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW), hosted by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, rounded off in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian journalist wins African agric award
    21 july 2013 10:02:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Nigerian journalist Oluyinka Alawode has won the first Africa-wide media competition, held by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). Full text...

  • Scientists warn of food shortages in West Africa's Volta Basin
    20 july 2013 13:34:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Tens of thousands of people living in West Africa’s Volta Basin could be displaced in 15 years because they would not be able to grow enough food where they live, scientists have warned. Full text...

  • CGIAR urges alignment of research, development priorities to help Africa feed Africa
    19 july 2013 14:31:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Strong and dynamic partnerships will be key in addressing the challenges of poverty and food security in Africa, Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, said Friday at the ongoing Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • 'Agricultural products rot away in Casamance, Senegal'
    19 july 2013 14:05:26
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) – About 50% of all the agricultural products from Casamance, in Southern Senegal, are left to rot away because farmers are unable to move them to the markets following the lack of transportation facilities in the rural areas. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt boosts Cassava bread project with 10b Naira
    19 july 2013 09:54:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has announced the release of 10 billion Naira (US$61 million) to enhance Cassava bread production, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina. Full text...

  • Nigerian farmers get cassava varieties to fight vitamin A deficiency
    15 july 2013 23:25:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Farmers across the cassava planting belt in Nigeria, particularly those in rural households, have started receiving pro-vitamin A cassava varieties, as part of efforts to fight vitamin A deficiency. Full text...

  • New book by land-grab expert shows how deals can benefit African communities
    15 july 2013 11:51:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The time is ripe for a new approach to the large-scale land deals that ultimately connect millions of consumers and savers in rich nations with millions of poor rural farmers in Africa, says a new book by one of the world’s leading experts in such deals. Full text...

  • Moratorium on using live rinderpest virus lifted for approved research
    10 july 2013 13:35:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A moratorium on using live rinderpest virus for approved research has been lifted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Full text...

  • CGIAR to attend 6th Africa Agric science week in Ghana
    09 july 2013 12:42:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future that conducts and disseminates research to improve the lives, livelihoods, and lands of the world's poorest people, has said it will attend the 15-20 July 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Ghana. Full text...

  • Leaders vow to end hunger in Africa by 2025
    03 july 2013 15:05:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders have vowed to end hunger on the continent by 2025 by sustaining the momentum of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Full text...

  • USAID, AGRA partner towards reducing hunger, poverty in Africa
    01 july 2013 16:51:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on Monday announced multi-million dollar partnership towards reducing hunger and poverty in Africa. Full text...

  • African leaders meet in renewed partnership to end hunger
    01 july 2013 13:57:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders were due to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday in a renewed partnership to end hunger in the continent that has 239 million undernourished people, representing nearly a quarter of its entire population. Full text...

  • FAO seeks unified approach to end hunger
    01 july 2013 12:47:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The quest to end hunger needs to be taken by society as a whole, not by a single organisation or a single government, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told non-state actors at a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the weekend. Full text...

  • Indian businessmen to invest in rice production in Mali
    29 june 2013 14:52:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – To actualize the terms of an agreement signed in January 2010 between the Malian government and the Indian firm, Angelique International, Indian businessmen are set to begin wok on rice farms in parts of northern Mali, PANA learnt at the end of a visit to Sabe and Sevare, in Mopti, by the Malian Agricultural minister, Baba Barthe. Full text...

  • African leaders, stakeholders meet on common approach to end hunger
    29 june 2013 09:48:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Initiatives being undertaken to end hunger in Africa will not be enough to simply increase food production without addressing the many interconnected factors that keep people from being food secure, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, Jose Graziano da Silva, said here Saturday. Full text...

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