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  • Cotonou holds first meeting of ACP cotton operators
    22 march 2004 11:33:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotton operators from Africa-Caribbean- Pacific (ACP) countries opened their first meeting here Sunday with focus on prospects for the sector. Full text...

  • FAO commends African leaders on agriculture
    19 march 2004 19:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf on Friday commended African leaders for making agriculture a priority, saying this would help to alleviate the suffering of the 207 million people without access to food on the continent. Full text...

  • Rwanda to gain from Kenya'a agricultural expertise
    19 march 2004 10:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Rwanda will acquire technical expertise and manpower from Kenya in a bid to boost its production and growth of Macadamia nuts, a senior Rwandese official has said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe wipes out foot and mouth disease
    18 march 2004 12:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday they had brought under control raging foot and mouth cattle disease outbreaks in the country, but resumption of beef exports was still uncertain. Full text...

  • Mozambique-Rwanda co-operation based on agriculture
    16 march 2004 18:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia said in Maputo on Tuesday that the agricultural sector will form the backbone of co-operation between Mozambique and Rwanda. Full text...

  • WFP seeks cash to enhance relief programmes in Ethiopia
    15 march 2004 09:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Monday urged donors to offer cash to enable humanitarian agencies to purchase food locally for feeding millions of drought-affected people in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • SADC plans summit in May on food shortage crisis
    15 march 2004 08:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Southern African leaders plan to joining forces at a crucial summit here in May to map out a joint crisis response to recurring food shortages and chronic malnutrition in the region, officials disclosed here. Full text...

  • FAO warns bird flu nations not to restock too quickly
    11 march 2004 12:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Wary that the deadly avian influenza virus could still be circulating, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that affected countries wanting to resume poultry exports must prove they are free from the virus. Full text...

  • FAO assesses rural development in Algeria
    11 march 2004 08:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's sustainable rural development strategy is currently under review by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which dispatched a delegation of experts to Algiers this week. Full text...

  • FAO Director-General due in Addis Ababa
    11 march 2004 07:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf is due here Thursday for a two-day official visit to Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Malawi launches $9m fisheries project
    10 march 2004 13:21:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi has launched a US$9 million project to develop the country's fishing industry along Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest lake and one of the few fresh water lakes in the world. Full text...

  • Mozambique translates land law into local languages
    08 march 2004 16:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia said in Maputo Monday the translation of the country's land law into four local languages would boost agricultural productivity and food security. Full text...

  • FAO, IFS to help young scientists of poorest countries
    05 march 2004 14:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Building scientific capacity and the provision of support to young scientists in poor countries are the main objectives of an agreement signed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Foundation for Science (IFS). Full text...

  • Niger rolls out rural development strategy
    03 march 2004 19:23:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The government of Niger has launched a Rural Development Strategy (SDR) aimed at promoting development in the rural sector, which accounts for more than 80 percent of the population. Full text...

  • Zambia appreciates arrival of Zimbabwe farmers
    03 march 2004 13:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The coming of Zimbabwean farmers to Zambia is a welcome idea as the move will enhance investment in agriculture, according to the immigration department's spokesman Jones Mwewa. Full text...

  • FAO: animal disease outbreaks affect global meat markets
    03 march 2004 09:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Approximately one-third of global meat exports, or 6 million tonnes, are presently being affected by animal disease outbreaks, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. Full text...

  • Forum on African cotton kicks off in Bamako
    28 february 2004 11:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A six-day forum on African cotton, dubbed "African fibre", opens here Saturday with leaders of farmers' organisations and advocacy groups holding a "cotton march" in support of efforts to highlight global imbalances in the sector. Full text...

  • Mauritania needs US$6 million to combat grasshopper menace
    27 february 2004 15:19:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's Rural Development and Environment Ministry has appealed for international support to stem a devastating grasshopper invasion, which the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says could cost six million dollars to combat. Full text...

  • Fighting pests to prop food-sufficiency in Africa
    26 february 2004 19:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Limiting the damage caused by the pod borer to various crops in Africa will boost food self-sufficiency in the continent rather than merely asking farmers to increase acreage, agricultural experts have said. Full text...

  • Ould Taya calls for higher cereal output
    26 february 2004 16:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya has called for an increase in cereal production to meet local consumption. Full text...

  • Angolan agriculture gets US$20 million from America
    25 february 2004 21:39:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The US government and the American oil company Chevron/Texaco will provide US$20 million to finance an agricultural revival project in central Angola, the US ambassador to Luanda Christopher William Dell revealed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Anyaoku urges EU to review agric policy
    24 february 2004 20:36:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Chief Emeka Anyaoku, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) President and former Commonwealth Secretary General has called on Europe to urgently review its agricultural policies which prevent poor countries from achieving sustainable development. Full text...

  • FAO needs US$9 million to combat locusts in Africa
    23 february 2004 20:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday appealed to donors to provide US$9 million required immediately to fight migratory locusts in Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Niger. Full text...

  • Angola seeks $8.5 million to revive coffee sector
    22 february 2004 18:22:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola needs over $8. Full text...

  • Meeting recommends West African cotton market
    21 february 2004 13:06:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A meeting on cotton processing within the eight-nation West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) region, ended in Bamako, Mali Friday, recommending the establishment of a regional cotton market and a raw materials stock exchange. Full text...

  • Cotonou workshop discusses agricultural component of NEPAD
    20 february 2004 18:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 30 representatives from government departments, donor organisations and the civil society are attending a workshop here on an agricultural programme mooted within the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Cotonou workshop discusses agricultural component of NEPAD
    20 february 2004 18:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 30 representatives from government departments, donor organisations and the civil society are attending a workshop here on an agricultural programme mooted within the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Alert agency says food shortage looms in Tanzania
    20 february 2004 11:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A US-funded agency, which issues periodic updates on the food situation in African countries, is warning of an increasing food shortage in Tanzania, blaming the crisis that has persisted since last year on unsatisfactory mitigating measures. Full text...

  • Spare wild birds in fighting avian flu, says FAO
    20 february 2004 09:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Recommending strict controls and surveillance to keep wild birds away from poultry, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said eliminating wild birds is not an appropriate measure to control the spread of the avian influenza virus. Full text...

  • Kenya challenges African growers on quality of coffee
    19 february 2004 10:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori Thursday called on African coffee growers to improve the quality and quantity of their coffee to enable them compete favourably in the world market. Full text...

  • EU to boost agriculture in developing countries
    17 february 2004 17:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Commission has adopted initiatives to help developing countries enhance their export performance and reduce vulnerability to price fluctuations on major agricultural commodities such as cotton and coffee. Full text...

  • Ethiopian farmers not producing enough
    16 february 2004 17:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The estimated 85 percent of Ethiopian population involved in agriculture are under-utilising the land and producing very little, a company official told a conference in Addis Ababa Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya develops new maize variety
    16 february 2004 12:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An agricultural training center in Eastern Kenya, in conjunction with the Kenya Agricultural research Institute (KARI) has developed a new maize variety, which scientists and agriculturists claim to have higher protein content than the ordinary seed. Full text...

  • Cape Verde produces over 15,000 tonnes of maize
    15 february 2004 19:51:00
    Praia- Cape Verde(PANA) -- Cape Verde's maize production for the 2003/2004 crop year reached 15,810 tonnes, exceeding by more than 79 percent the 9,000 tonnes recorded in 2002, official sources in Praia said. Full text...

  • African consumers' body cautions Senegal over GMOs
    14 february 2004 11:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Organisation of Consumers has warned Senegalese authorities to be cautious and prudent when dealing with the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Full text...

  • FAO commends fish trade in developing countries
    14 february 2004 09:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Net revenues from fish trade (exports minus imports) by developing countries recently reached $17. Full text...

  • Bird flu virus still not under control, FAO warns
    13 february 2004 13:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Friday urged countries to remain vigilant as the spread of the avian influenza virus in several Asian countries was still not under control. Full text...

  • Austrian farmers visit rural Ethiopia
    13 february 2004 09:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation of 14 Austrian farmers Friday began a four-day tour of Ethiopia's north-western Amhara State to exchange ideas with their local counterparts. Full text...

  • Kadhafi calls for new African water strategy
    12 february 2004 19:21:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi on Thursday underscored in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, the importance of adopting a unified African strategy and drawing a new map that will include aspects of the exploitation of the continent's water resources. Full text...

  • African Agriculture ministers meet in Tripoli
    12 february 2004 16:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A conference on the challenges of integrated and sustainable development is underway here, with Agriculture and Water ministers from across Africa attending. Full text...

  • International rice conference opens in Rome
    12 february 2004 14:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Intensification of rice production in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner is essential for food security, particularly in Asia and Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • African agricultural, water experts meet in Tripoli
    09 february 2004 23:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African agriculture and water experts started a two-day meeting here Monday to examine the rational utilisation of the continent's water resources for the development of sustainable agriculture. Full text...

  • Horticultural crops earn Zimbabwe US$110 million
    08 february 2004 11:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe earned US$110 million from horticulture exports last year, a body representing growers and exporters said Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenyan cotton growers want stronger Act on sector
    06 february 2004 16:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Cotton Growers Association (KCGA) and stakeholders in the cotton sub-sector are urging parliament to review the current Cotton Act with the aim of providing "strong and beneficial regulations" in the industry. Full text...

  • Gabon suspends poultry imports from Asia
    06 february 2004 11:44:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon has indefinitely suspended importation of meat and poultry products from Asia, due to the outbreak of bird flu that has killed about 15 people on the continent. Full text...

  • Oil firm, USAID to prop agricultural development in Angola
    05 february 2004 12:20:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC) has pledged support for the development of commercial agriculture in the Angolan oil-producing province of Cabinda. Full text...

  • Mauritania battles against massive locust invasion
    04 february 2004 16:27:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Locusts have massively invaded Mauritania, particularly the country's north, the national news agency reported Wednesday, quoting a bulletin issued by the Anti-Locusts Centre (CLA). Full text...

  • Liberia bans Asian poultry over bird flu scare
    04 february 2004 16:26:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian authorities have banned the import of poultry products from Asia in the wake of an outbreak of avian influenza in some Asian countries. Full text...

  • WFP receives donation for over 150,000 Sahrawis
    03 february 2004 18:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The European Commission on Tuesday announced a donation of 3. Full text...

  • Red Cross warns of serious food crisis in Eritrea
    03 february 2004 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCRC) has warned of a looming food crisis in Eritrea and called for emergency aid for an estimated 1. Full text...

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