Agriculture -
  • AU commission on redressing Africa's agricultural constraints
    03 april 2004 15:21:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission has pledged its commitment to address the key elements and factors that constrain the continent's agricultural productivity and rural development. Full text...

  • IFPRI urges review agriculture policies in Africa
    03 april 2004 09:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has stressed the need for African governments to modify their agricultural policies to make them HIV-responsive and to review food and nutrition security policies. Full text...

  • Namibia solicits land reform expertise from Zimbabwe
    02 april 2004 17:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Namibia has asked Zimbabwe to send a group of land reform experts to help it plan controversial farm seizures from white farmers along the lines carried out by President Robert Mugabe's government, a top official said Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana urges return to traditional African knowledge
    02 april 2004 12:04:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Africa's current food and nutritional insecurity is mainly due to the decision by the continent's people to throw away their traditional ecological knowledge, Ghana's agriculture minister, Courage Quashigah told journalists here Friday. Full text...

  • Cape Town ready for oldest wine auction in the world
    02 april 2004 10:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The oldest wine auction in the world takes place this weekend in the Western Cape when 1,700 local and overseas buyers bid for a stringently selected range of the finest wines produced by 102 of the Cape's top estates, wineries and cellars. Full text...

  • Farmers call for action to redress unequal access to land
    01 april 2004 17:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The president of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Ajay Vashee of Zambia, has called for action to redress the unequal access to land, particularly in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, where he said there were large historical disparities between white and black farmers. Full text...

  • Machel urges African states to create dialogue forums
    01 april 2004 17:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- African leaders need to facilitate the creation of forums to enable their citizens to air their grievances instead of resorting to armed conflicts, former Mozambican first lady, Graca Machel, suggested here Thursday. Full text...

  • Wade insists on need for Africans to finance NEPAD
    01 april 2004 14:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal insisted Thursday that the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) would only take off if governments decide to chip in resources from within. Full text...

  • Firm plans modern slaughterhouse for Niamey
    01 april 2004 11:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- An investment firm, Group Century Corporation has announced plans to construct a modern slaughterhouse and tannery here at a cost of 10 billion FCFA (about 15 million euros). Full text...

  • Museveni campaigns for Western markets access
    01 april 2004 10:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An all-African conference on assuring food and nutrition security in Africa by 2020 began here Thursday with a call by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for a level playing field to allow Africa to access the western market. Full text...

  • FAO alerts loss of domestic animal breeds worldwide
    01 april 2004 08:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Loss of domestic animal breeds around the world is continuing at an alarming rate, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. Full text...

  • Three leaders expected at African food conference
    31 march 2004 18:06:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and his Nigerian counterpart Olesegun Obasanjo were being awaited here Wednesday evening to attend a continental conference on "Assuring Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2020" opening near Kampala Thursday. Full text...

  • UN agency gives Kenya $15.5 million rural support loan
    30 march 2004 16:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has granted Kenya a loan of US$15. Full text...

  • West African agriculturists search new strategies
    30 march 2004 11:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Agricultural extension workers from French- speaking institutions in West Africa are gathered in the Malian town of Koulikoro to derive strategies and mechanisms aimed at making their programmes more sustainable. Full text...

  • Uganda to host food security meet
    26 march 2004 16:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Five African leaders are expected to attend a three-day food security conference in Kampala starting on 1 April, being hosted by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in the country's capital. Full text...

  • Rockefeller Foundation props maize production in Kenya
    26 march 2004 08:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Rockefeller Foundation, in collaboration with Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI) is developing a new maize variety for the country's northwestern region. Full text...

  • Locusts' invasion looms over Niger
    24 march 2004 23:07:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The threat of a locusts invasion abounds in Niger where large swarms of vegetation gnawing insects were observed from last November to March in the north despite control and surveillance efforts, the National Plant Protection director, Moudi Maman Sani said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angola calls for GMO legislation
    24 march 2004 11:59:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's National Codex Alimentarius Committee called this week for the development and adoption of mechanisms for the production, marketing, movement and use of genetically modified products in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya's potato harvest to fall to all-time low
    24 march 2004 10:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Production in Kenya's potato tuber hub of Meru is projected this year to fall to an all-time low of less than 100,000 tonnes, against more than 170,000 tonnes last year, agriculture authorities indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO warns against rampaging locusts in north-west Africa
    23 march 2004 17:35:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Despite control operations, the desert locusts conditions continue to be extremely serious in north-west Africa, according to the latest update by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Full text...

  • Obasanjo inaugurates dairy production committee
    23 march 2004 13:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In an effort to stimulate the production and consumption of dairy products and juices in Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday inaugurated a presidential committee on dairy production in Abuja. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Obasanjo meets Zimbabwean farmers
    23 march 2004 13:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday met with a team of Zimbabwean farmers currently visiting Nigeria to explore investment possibilities, telling them Africa wanted to benefit from their technical know-how, expertise and experience. Full text...

  • Cotton producers protest against WTO in Cotonou
    23 march 2004 12:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A two-day regional workshop on cotton opens here Tuesday with some 2,500 cotton producers from West Africa staging a sit-in action to protest the current deregulation of the global market by industrialised countries. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to revamp livestock production
    22 march 2004 12:08:00
    Kitui- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is to drill its livestock agents on management with a view to enhancing livestock production in semi- arid regions, which makes up over 60 percent of the country's surface area, authorities announced Monday. Full text...

  • 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...

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