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  • 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...

  • Tobacco earns Zimbabwe $183 millions
    22 october 2003 14:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco auctions in Zimbabwe ended Wednesday with 80. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe flower production, export earnings drop
    22 october 2003 14:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's flower growers said Wednesday farm output and export earnings this year had dropped, owing to the government's controversial land policies. Full text...

  • Rare animal disease threatens Kenya's goat herd
    22 october 2003 12:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Jamlick Kisululu was a happy livestock keeper in Kenya's arid eastern district of Kitui with a herd of 135 goats, until six weeks ago when tragedy struck. Full text...

  • Senegal upbeat about agricultural production
    22 october 2003 07:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- There are prospects in Senegal for a good yield in the 2003-2004 season, Agriculture director Lat Soukabé Fall affirmed here Tuesday, intimating the country's food requirements could be domestically met by the year 2006, thanks to a change in policy. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe fails to import critically needed seeds
    21 october 2003 10:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday the country's farming season that started this month was under threat due to shortage of foreign currency to import seeds and other agricultural inputs. Full text...

  • COASAD urges concerted action on Africa's food crisis
    20 october 2003 10:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The chairman of the Coalition of African Organisations for Food Security and Sustainable Development (COASAD), Francis Mwaura has called for concerted action towards solving Africa's food problems. Full text...

  • Zambian farmers want govt to set up co-operative bank
    20 october 2003 09:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian farmers have petitioned the government to re-open a Co-operative Bank closed more than ten years ago to enable them to obtain loans and other farming credit easily. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau facing severe famine
    18 october 2003 19:27:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau must modernise its agriculture if it is to eradicate famine plaguing the country since independence in 1974, Agriculture, Forestry and Environment Minister, Mamadou Badji has warned. Full text...

  • FAO financing 10 projects in Algeria
    18 october 2003 17:22:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is financing some 10 agricultural projects in Algeria, the UN agency's representative Olivio Argenti said in Algiers. Full text...

  • FAO upbeat about prospects in fight against global hunger
    17 october 2003 21:13:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) director general Jacques Diouf has affirmed on the occasion of the 23rd World Food Day that mankind was "at the threshold of the end of the long struggle against global hunger". Full text...

  • Tobacco auctions end in Zimbabwe
    17 october 2003 20:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco auctions officially ended in Zimbabwe Friday, with some 80 million kilogrammes of the crop, the country's biggest export, sold for 180 million US dollars. Full text...

  • FAO calls for international alliance against hunger
    16 october 2003 21:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director General, Jacques Diouf Thursday called for an international alliance against hunger, on the occasion of the World Food Day, and the 57th anniversary of the UN agency. Full text...

  • Uganda about to release genetically modified cowpeas
    16 october 2003 13:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ugandan researchers are set to release a high-yielding genetically modified cowpeas seed variety that also matures faster, after a decade of intense experiments. Full text...

  • Experts recommend mixed farming to control cassava disease
    15 october 2003 21:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ugandan researchers say mixed crop farming could help curb the spread of the cassava mosaic disease, adding that mixing cassavas and sweet potatoes would introduce a chemical component that reduces the population of mosaic vector. Full text...

  • France backs UEMOA cotton initiative
    15 october 2003 20:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Industry minister Nicole Fontaine is due in Burkina Faso 16-17 October to affirm France's support for an initiative by several African cotton producing countries to push for fair world market conditions, the minister indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets food aid from Ireland, Italy
    15 october 2003 16:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Italy and Ireland Wednesday donated 1. Full text...

  • Millions of people go hungry on World Food Day
    15 october 2003 13:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced Wednesday that it was facing the highest global food aid needs in its 40-year history. Full text...

  • Scientists launch nutrition enrichment project in Africa
    15 october 2003 07:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched HarvestPlus, a $100- million 10-year project aimed at increasing nutrition intake in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • African Scientists, politicians divided on GMOs
    13 october 2003 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scientists from leading Research Consortiums meeting here on Monday failed to agree whether Africa should embrace genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a priority or work towards protecting the continent's indigenous crops. Full text...

  • Zambia fences border against cattle disease in Angola
    13 october 2003 10:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Work on the long-awaited cordon-line fence between Zambia and Angola begins next month after Netherlands recently made funds available for the project, the Zambia Daily Mail reported Monday, quoting agriculture minister Mundia Sikatana. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, Malawi sign labour agreement
    12 october 2003 10:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and Malawi have signed an agreement at the weekend to harmonise their labour laws as part of bilateral economic co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Mozambican soldiers to produce own food
    10 october 2003 19:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Defence and Agriculture Ministries have signed a memorandum of understanding under which personnel of the country's armed forces (FADM), will produce food for their own consumption and possibly for sale. Full text...

  • Malawi minister praises Zimbabwe's land reforms
    10 october 2003 17:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting Malawian Labour and Vocational Training Minister Lee Mlanga Friday praised Zimbabwe's controversial land policies, and said the programme had economically empowered the majority blacks. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government seizes more farms
    10 october 2003 13:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Friday listed 70 more white-owned farms for compulsory acquisition to resettle Blacks under its controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Researchers confront African cassava disease
    09 october 2003 22:39:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 30 European, American and African experts began a meeting here Thursday to form a management- prevention mode for the virulent form of the African cassava mosaic. Full text...

  • FAO decries world's persistent hunger
    09 october 2003 15:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has denounced as "unacceptable" the fact that over 840 million people still suffer from hunger amid abundant food in the world. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe re-filling strategic grain reserves
    09 october 2003 14:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe state-run grain procurement agency has started re-filling the country's strategic grain reserves, left empty by two years of consecutive droughts, sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Supermarkets threaten smallholdings in Africa
    09 october 2003 09:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Thursday warned that Africa's small farmers risked being swept out of agricultural activities by the wave of supermarket expansion sweeping the continent, unless they fully participate in the new market. Full text...

  • Tobacco earnings drop in Zimbabwe
    06 october 2003 13:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco auctioneers in Zimbabwe said Monday the country had so far earned 169. Full text...

  • FAO plans to invest $13 million in Niger
    05 october 2003 20:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) plans to invest about $13 million in agriculture and food- security in Niger in the near future, the FAO representative in Niamey, Maria Helena Semedo said after an audience with President Mamadou Tandja. Full text...

  • ICRISAT develops grape varieties in Niger
    02 october 2003 14:30:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Scientists at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), 40 km south of here have developed grape and fig varieties capable of withstanding the hostile Sahelian climate in Niger. Full text...

  • Kenya begins refilling national grain reserves
    02 october 2003 08:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move to achieve food security, Kenya has embarked on an initiative to refill its Strategic Grain Reserve currently holding 1. Full text...

  • Farmers hail Morocco/EU agricultural accord
    01 october 2003 16:45:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Association of producers/exporters of fruits and vegetables (APEFEL) has welcomed the recent agricultural accord signed by Morocco and the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • UN agencies deliberate Africa's food insecurity
    01 october 2003 14:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 20 UN relief agencies and bilateral donors are meeting here to seek a consensus on guidelines to govern the distribution of food aid so that it benefits the development of agriculture in Africa. Full text...

  • NERICA to boost rain-fed rice crop in Togo
    01 october 2003 08:03:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The New rice for Africa (NERICA), obtained by a crossbreeding African and Asian rice varieties and introduced in Togo for experimentation, is presently at a pre-popularisation stage. Full text...

  • Minister launches coffee-cocoa season in Cote d'Ivoire
    30 september 2003 21:22:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Agriculture Minister Amadou Gbon has launched the 2003-2004 coffee-cocoa marketing season in Cote d'Ivoire, calling for "new rules" of operation for improved productivity. Full text...

  • Zambia, Malawi to demarcate land adjoining common border
    30 september 2003 19:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Malawi and Zambia are to spend 2. Full text...

  • Wonder rice outshines other gains in TICAD process
    30 september 2003 10:54:00
    Tokyo- Japan (PANA) -- A high-yield resistant rice developed through cooperation between African and Asian research institutions has received wide acclaim here as the most spectacular achievement yet within the framework of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). Full text...

  • 30m euro for 2003 cotton season in Burkina Faso
    29 september 2003 21:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 30 million euro (20 billion CFA francs) has been released by a pool of European banks in favour of a Burkina Faso textile company, SOFITEX, to help it finance the 2003 cotton season, Burkinabe diplomatic sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Production of food items up in Libreville
    28 september 2003 16:22:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The output of food items in Libreville, the Gabonese capital rose from 300 tons in 1992 to 7,500 tons this year, accounting for about 44% of the local consumption, the Gabonese Institute for Development Support has reported. Full text...

  • Minister warns Niger farmers against selling off crops
    28 september 2003 16:05:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Agricultural Development Minister Abari Mai Moussa has warned farmers in the country against selling off their cereals based on the projected bumper harvest this year. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to import maize seeds, fertilisers
    28 september 2003 12:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said at the weekend it planned to import 15,000 tonnes of maize seed worth USD30 million and fertiliser to meet a shortfall in local production of the commodities. Full text...

  • New rice variety NERICA gains foothold in Mali
    27 september 2003 15:36:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A new variety of rice, NERICA, a high-breed from an African oryza glaberrima and the Asian rice oryza sativa strains by the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA), is gaining a foothold in Mali. Full text...

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