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  • Rice research centre staff expected back at Bouake soon
    22 november 2003 09:26:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nearly all staff members of the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) will soon return ro its headquarters 25-km from the central Ivorian regional capital of Bouake, the institution's director general Kanayo F. Full text...

  • Rice research centre staff expected back at Bouake soon
    22 november 2003 09:25:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nearly all staff members of the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) will soon return ro its headquarters 25-km from the central Ivorian regional capital of Bouake, the institution's director general Kanayo F. Full text...

  • Zambia to host international agro-investment forum
    21 november 2003 17:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia will on Monday host an agricultural investment promotion conference aimed at attracting foreign investors to the country, Bank of Zambia governor Caleb Fundanga said here Friday. Full text...

  • Rockefeller Foundation to assist Kenya grain growers
    21 november 2003 13:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior vice president of the US-based Rockefeller Foundation, Julia Lopez, has arrived here to launch a 3-year maize marketing movement in Bungoma district, Western Kenya, one of the country's maize growing districts, organisers said here Friday The Foundation is funding the three-year maize marketing movement in the Kenya/Uganda frontier district to improve marketing of the crop and empower farmers economically. Full text...

  • Pig farmers threaten demonstration in Mauritius
    21 november 2003 12:09:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Pig farmers in Roche-Bois, a working class area of the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis have threatened a peaceful demonstration Monday to protest alleged government negative attitude towards them. Full text...

  • Niger records 460,000 tonnes surplus in cereals
    20 november 2003 21:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger achieved a cereal surplus of more than 463,000 tonnes at the end of the agro-pastoral campaign this year, agriculture minister, Abarai Mai Moussa announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Experts urge African leaders to invest in biotechnology
    20 november 2003 17:35:00
    Ibadan- Nigeria (PANA) -- Agricultural experts, most of them from leading African research institutions have urged policy makers on the continent to invest in capacity building for African researchers so they can take advantage of biotechnology to help solve the continent's food problems. Full text...

  • Malaysian investors eye oil palm sector in Cameroon
    14 november 2003 15:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A Malaysian delegation has arrived in Cameroon to evaluate investment opportunities in the palm oil sector of the country. Full text...

  • Animal diseases threaten Southern Africa
    14 november 2003 11:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) are threatening the livelihood of millions of vulnerable people in Southern Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Muluzi expresses shame at Malawi's economic practices
    14 november 2003 09:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bakili Muluzi has expressed shame at the country's poor economic policies since his rule in 1994. Full text...

  • Ghana reports increase in agriculture exports
    13 november 2003 20:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's agricultural exports increased dramatically from 22 million dollars in 1992 to 85 million dollars in 2002, a senior official affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Central Bank guarantees four billion-Naira agric loans
    13 november 2003 16:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has guaranteed 338,727 agricultural loans totalling 4. Full text...

  • FAO props Uganda to upgrade varsity veterinary curricular
    13 november 2003 15:21:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is to prop Uganda's learning standards in veterinary science with a US$77,000 grant to harmonise its curriculum with universities in East and Southern Africa. Full text...

  • CILSS adopts provisional timetable against famine
    12 november 2003 15:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) has adopted a provisional timetable to better control and prevent food crises in the Sahel, the local media reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO funds East Africa's dreaded fruit fly fight
    12 november 2003 14:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has given a grant of US$345,000 to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to contain the threat of a new breed of fruit fly, destroying tropical fruits and vegetables in the East African region. Full text...

  • Coalition pleads for African farmers
    10 november 2003 08:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Interests of small scale African farmers need to be safeguarded within the international trade system, the Coalition of African Organizations for food Security and Sustainable Development (COASAD) has told the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Full text...

  • UN envoy tells Ethiopians to reduce food aid dependency
    07 november 2003 16:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia must extricate itself from food-aid dependency that has characterised the Horn of Africa country for the last two decades, former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari stressed here Friday. Full text...

  • Cereal output hits 14 million tonnes in CILSS States
    07 november 2003 11:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Cereal production in the nine members States of the Inter-state Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), except Chad, would exceed 14. Full text...

  • Threat of locust invasion looms in northern Mali
    05 november 2003 15:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government has expressed "deep concern" over a probable invasion by desert locusts in the northern parts of the country, following heavy rainfall recorded this year. Full text...

  • Anti-locust campaign kicks off in Mauritania
    04 november 2003 15:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A national campaign against desert locusts for the farming season 2003/2004 has been launched in Mauritania, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Anti-locust campaign kicks off in Mauritania
    04 november 2003 14:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A national campaign against desert locusts for the farming season 2003/2004 has been launched in Mauritania, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU aid to enhance quality of Uganda's export grains
    04 november 2003 12:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda Grain Traders Limited (UGTL) has embarked on a 1. Full text...

  • FAO warns of imminent rice shortage
    04 november 2003 09:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- FAO director general Jacques Diouf has at the launch of the International Year of Rice (2004) warned that the cereal, which the staple food of more than half the world's population is facing serious production constraints as land and water resources diminish at an alarming rate. Full text...

  • Mali produced more than 3.3 million tonnes of cereals
    03 november 2003 23:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali cereal production rose from above 2. Full text...

  • Kenyan group, USAID to boost small-scale farming
    03 november 2003 11:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Business Development Services (KBDS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have formed a consortium with three local scientific and agricultural institutions to implement a small scale farmer development program in Kenya's eastern province. Full text...

  • Growing Arab fertiliser industry seeks technological advance
    03 november 2003 11:33:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Arab fertiliser industry is witnessing a steady growth and development in terms of quantity and quality, a meeting of the Arab Fertiliser Association (AFA) heard here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Togolese government purchases maize surplus
    02 november 2003 11:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's agriculture, livestock and fisheries minister Komikpim Bamnante launched earlier this week a campaign to purchase surplus maize estimated at 44,000 tonnes harvested during the 2002-2003 season. Full text...

  • New foot and mouth breaks out in Zimbabwe
    31 october 2003 10:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials in Zimbabwe Friday reported new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in the country's four districts, the latest in a series recently. Full text...

  • Ivorian farmers get fund
    30 october 2003 23:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An Inter-professional Fund for Agricultural Research (FIRCA) has been set up in Cote d'Ivoire to help finance agricultural activities. Full text...

  • Zambia collects fencing materials for border districts
    29 october 2003 17:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has begun sending building materials to three rural districts bordering Angola where work will soon start to erect a cordon to contain a dreaded cattle disease, the Contagious Bovine Pleuro-Pneumonia (CBPP). Full text...

  • Botswana farmers challenged to produce more to fight hunger
    29 october 2003 16:20:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- As Botswana joins the rest of the world to mark the International Day for Poverty Reduction, local farmers have been challenged to work hard to produce more food for local consumption and commercial purposes. Full text...

  • Canada ups support for agricultural research in Africa
    29 october 2003 15:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Canada has stepped up its support to agricultural research for rural development in Africa, donating about 85 million Canadian dollars (about US$64 million) to various research initiatives on the continent. Full text...

  • Morocco, EU sign agreement on agriculture
    28 october 2003 23:57:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Morocco and the European Union have signed an agreement on the liberalisation of trade in agricultural products and input, according to a communiqué issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US-based institute hails NEPAD move on agriculture
    28 october 2003 11:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An international food policy research institute has commended African leaders for their decision to devote more funds to agriculture saying this would bolster the continent's food security. Full text...

  • Grasshoppers threaten crops in central Sudan
    28 october 2003 09:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Swarms of grasshoppers are threatening food production in central Sudan, where they are also suspected to have triggering an asthma epidemic that has killed five people so far, reports a newspaper, Al-Rai Al-Aam. Full text...

  • UNDP, EU help set up fodder plant in Cameroon
    27 october 2003 23:52:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A 31-million francs CFA (46,000-euro) fodder producing unit, built with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (UE) has been opened in western Cameroon. Full text...

  • COMESA mobilises against the tsetse fly
    27 october 2003 23:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Erastus Mwencha, appealed Monday for technical financial support from member states and donors to a campaign to eradicate the tsetse fly in the sub region. Full text...

  • Regional workshop on food security, trade opens in Accra
    27 october 2003 19:46:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A three-day sub-regional workshop on trade and food security opened in Accra Monday with a call on West African States to network and research into improving crop production to increase food output. Full text...

  • IFPRI welcomes NEPAD objectives in domain of agriculture
    27 october 2003 19:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Joachim von Braun, director-general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has welcomed the agricultural component of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) as a plausible move to bolster food security in the continent. Full text...

  • CGIAR annual general meeting opens in Nairobi
    27 october 2003 19:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 1000 agricultural experts began a five-day meeting here Monday with calls for more funding for research, with a view to fighting hunger and poverty. Full text...

  • Expert finds rice key to fighting hunger
    27 october 2003 19:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two of the UN Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme hunger and poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability would not be attained without recognition of the essential role of rice in reaching them, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) director-general Ronald Cantrell warned here Monday. Full text...

  • China, Italy support rice production in Mozambique
    27 october 2003 18:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- China and Italy are providing Mozambique with nine new combined harvesters expected to arrive in the country before the 2004 rice harvest season, Agriculture Minister Helder Muteia said Monday. Full text...

  • Drought threatens people in Uganda's West Nile
    27 october 2003 11:08:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- At least 1. Full text...

  • Iran grants Zambia $1.5m for development
    27 october 2003 10:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has thanked Iran for granting 1. Full text...

  • FAO initiates new scientific data access programme
    27 october 2003 08:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced a new initiative to give students, researchers and academics in the world's poorest countries free or low-cost access to scientific literature. Full text...

  • FAO to give seeds to 210,000 Burundian families
    24 october 2003 23:15:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The United Nations food and agriculture organisation (FAO) will provide seeds to 210,000 vulnerable Burundian homesteads during 2004 crop season under the terms of an emergency programme initiated in 1996. Full text...

  • Major agricultural research forum set for Nairobi
    24 october 2003 14:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The consultative group on international research (CGIAR) will hold its annual meeting here from 29 to 31 October, officials announced Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean authorities report Anthrax outbreak
    23 october 2003 13:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe Thursday reported an outbreak of anthrax in the north of the country, saying both humans and livestock had been affected. Full text...

  • USAID donates food to Mauritania
    23 october 2003 08:01:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a donation of 6,900 tons of food to Mauritania, through the World Food programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Donors say Malawi has a 100,000-tonne food 'insurance'
    22 october 2003 16:39:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Donors said on Wednesday the southern African state of Malawi, a breadbasket case in the past two years, has a food insurance of 100,000 metric tonnes of maize in its strategic grain reserves to stave off starvation. Full text...

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