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  • Zimbabwe marks 'real' independence with land reform
    15 april 2003 18:27:00
    Goromonzi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe marks 23 years of political independence on Friday but for John Nyamwendo, real freedom only came last year with the controversial seizure of farms from whites to resettle landless blacks. Full text...

  • Kenyans adopt biotechnology in crop production
    14 april 2003 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Biotechnology has helped to improve agricultural production in Kenya by encouraging farmers to use clean planting materials, a leading research scientist said here Monday. Full text...

  • Bad Politics, Poor Tech Stir Africa's Food Crisis
    14 april 2003 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lack of technological know-how and bad politics contribute to the high levels of food insecurity in Africa, experts noted Monday at a pan-African congress on food security, trade and sustainable development in Nairobi. Full text...

  • World Vision warns of more food insecurity in Zimbabwe
    14 april 2003 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, one of six southern African countries stricken by drought last year, will continue to face food shortages due to low crop production in the current farming season, World Vision International warned here Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau needs 39,000 tons of food to tackle shortage
    13 april 2003 18:06:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau needs some 39,000 tons of food to address a current shortage, sources at the Agriculture ministry said Sunday. Full text...

  • WFP extends emergency food operation in Ethiopia
    11 april 2003 16:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) Friday appealed for US$205 million to provide relief food to millions of drought-affected people in Ethiopia for another year. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to launch 2003-2004 cotton season
    11 april 2003 11:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Textile Company (SOFITEX) has begun visiting cotton-producing regions of the country in preparation for the 2003-2004 cotton farming season, during which it hopes to produce 500,000 tonnes. Full text...

  • Gambian president continues campaign for agriculture
    10 april 2003 22:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has reiterated his intention to get his compatriots engaged in agriculture as part of his government's "Operation Feed Yourself" policy. Full text...

  • African farmers need better prices to revamp production
    10 april 2003 15:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Trade policy reform in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would have little effect so long as Western countries continue to subsidise their farmers and reject a balanced system of managed agricultural trade. Full text...

  • Farm seizures wreak havoc on Zimbabwe's key export, tobacco
    10 april 2003 10:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Operators in the sector say prospects are gloomy as Zimbabwe's tobacco marketing season opens this April, unlike in previous years when the country's biggest export galvanised financial markets, bringing the economy a windfall. Full text...

  • FAO initiates cattle feed project in Congo
    09 april 2003 16:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has initiated a project in Congo for the creation of small units to manufacture cattle feed in rural areas, state radio said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Poor harvests to bring severe famine in Swaziland
    09 april 2003 14:34:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Over 300,000 families facing a poor harvest in Swaziland are on the brink of starvation as the famine that has hit over six southern African countries gets worse. Full text...

  • Kenya plans US$276 million food security programme
    09 april 2003 08:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans to spend some 21 billion shillings (about US$276. Full text...

  • Benin gets 1.2 billion FCFA Japanese loan
    08 april 2003 18:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Japanese government has loaned about 1. Full text...

  • USAID updates House of Representatives on Zimbabwe land reforms
    08 april 2003 14:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- US Agency for International Development (USAID) chief Andrew Natsios has briefed the House of Representatives on the crisis in Zimbabwe, saying political repression and bad agricultural policies were seriously undermining that country's food situation, an update of the US embassy here indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Price of cashew nuts rises in Cote d'Ivoire
    07 april 2003 16:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Farmers of cashew nuts have set the minimum price of 175 CFA francs per kg for the commodity during the 2003 season in Cote d'Ivoire as production target dropped from 100,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes. Full text...

  • International firm invests 110 million euro in Ethiopia
    06 april 2003 11:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An international industry development company, Elay, is to invest 110 million euro for an agro-industry project in Ethiopia, the general manager of its branch here said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe set for drought respite as harvesting begins
    05 april 2003 15:27:00
    Nyajena- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- With a broad smile, Dorothy Goredema offered a group of visitors a watermelon and a bundle of groundnuts freshly plucked from her thriving two-acre farming plot in Nyajena in southern Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • CILSS experts to discuss land issues in West Africa
    03 april 2003 21:02:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Experts of the Inter-State Committee on the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) are due to meet in Cape Verde this week to prepare for a regional meeting in Praia on land issues in the West African region. Full text...

  • Malian govt approves 2.5 billion FCFA from IFAD
    03 april 2003 12:14:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's cabinet has approved 2. Full text...

  • Experts forecast severe cereal shortages in Namibia
    03 april 2003 07:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Drought-stricken Namibia would experience 107,300 tonnes in cereal shortages this year due to erratic, below normal and unevenly distributed rainfall, the Namibia Early Warning and Food Information System (Newfis) forecast here Thursday. Full text...

  • Animal disease adds to food insecurity in Mozambique
    02 april 2003 23:07:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has warned that the livestock movement ban issued because of foot and mouth disease is causing further food insecurity in areas already hit by the long drought in southern Mozambique. Full text...

  • Zambia to take stock of Zimbabwe's white farmers
    02 april 2003 20:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian immigration officials are to move into the midlands district of Mkushi, 350 km north-east of Lusaka, to take stock of how many Zimbabwean white farmers have settled there illegally. Full text...

  • Tanzanians told to prepare for a bad harvest
    01 april 2003 14:40:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has urged households to take urgent measures to confront a looming food shortage due to poor rains. Full text...

  • FAO grants Congo US$530,000 toward potato production
    01 april 2003 11:40:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has granted Congo US$530,000 to boost potato production in the central district of Plateaux, an official source said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nujoma urges whites to exhibit honesty in land reforms
    01 april 2003 07:39:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma has appealed to white farmers to cooperate and deal honestly when they offer land to government officials who are buying land for the resettlement of some 200,000 landless Namibians. Full text...

  • Cameroonian farmers face GMO dilemma
    31 march 2003 23:30:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- With the 2003 farming season in progress, several Cameroonian farmers are faced with a difficult choice between natural seeds and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Full text...

  • Extended dry spell raises concerns in Tanzania
    31 march 2003 12:24:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An estimated 1. Full text...

  • Latest armyworms outbreak threatens Zimbabwe's crop
    28 march 2003 16:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture ministry officials in Zimbabwe on Friday reported a new and widespread outbreak of armyworms in several central towns and districts, and said crops were under threat by the green insects. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government seizes more farms from whites
    28 march 2003 11:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday seized nearly 100 more farms from the country's embattled white farmers to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Kibaki pledges to protect Kenyan farmers
    11 march 2003 18:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki said Tuesday his government would ensure that Kenyan farmers were protected from unfair trade practices. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches food security programme
    09 march 2003 15:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has launched a food security programme aimed at achieving a sustainable improvement in its food production. Full text...

  • UN task force on hunger winds up East African tour
    08 march 2003 14:21:00
    Kisumu- Kenya (PANA) -- A 15-member UN Task Force on hunger completed its three-day fact-finding mission in Kenya Friday after visiting at least 10 poverty reduction projects, all based in the rural areas of the western part of the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania to draw on grain reserves to feed masses
    06 march 2003 19:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's disaster relief authorities have approved the distribution of subsidised grain to feed 177,000 people in nine districts facing a possible food shortage following a series of bad harvests. Full text...

  • SADC agency says food shortages to persist in Zimbabwe
    06 march 2003 18:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A regional food agency said Thursday that Zimbabwe's food production in the current farming season would be 50 percent of normal requirements due to drought. Full text...

  • EU supports Sudan's livestock disease control plan
    06 march 2003 16:55:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Khartoum government and the European Union (EU) Thursday signed a co-operation agreement to allow Sudan to benefit from EU allocations for animal disease control in Africa. Full text...

  • International agricultural fair opens in Dakar
    05 march 2003 22:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The fourth Dakar International Fair on Agriculture and Animal Resources (FIARA) opened here Wednesday afternoon with Senegalese Agriculture Minister Habib Sy cutting the ribbon. Full text...

  • WFP feeds 600,000 in Burundi
    05 march 2003 20:42:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a "rescue and recovery" programme to feed more than 600,000 people in Burundi for a period of 36 months, the UN agency said. Full text...

  • Oman donates US$2 million food to Zimbabwe
    05 march 2003 16:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government of the Gulf State of Oman Wednesday donated 10,000 tons of food, worth two million US dollars to drought victims in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Malian minister against cotton subsidies
    04 march 2003 23:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's agriculture, livestock farming and fishery minister, Seydou Traore, has denounced in Bamako subsidies allocated by Western countries to their cotton producers, thus preventing Africa's white gold from being competitive on the international market. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS wreaks havoc on food production in Uganda
    04 march 2003 23:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's banana crop has plunged 50 percent as the country grapples with a general downturn in food production after losing much of its agricultural labour to HIV/AIDS, according a new study carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • 4th International Agricultural Fair opens in Dakar Wednesday
    03 march 2003 19:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The fourth International Agriculture and Animal Resources Fair (FIARA) opens Wednesday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, the organisers said Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisian, French experts discuss GMOs
    02 march 2003 19:58:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian and French experts have concluded a meeting in Tunis on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), with Tunisian Agriculture Minister Mohamed Habib Haddad saying the issue concerned both researchers and the agricultural sector. Full text...

  • IGAD urges donors to focus on poverty alleviation projects
    01 march 2003 15:42:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Agriculture ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) have urged donor nations and international and regional financing institutions to fund poverty alleviation projects in the region. Full text...

  • Tunisia doubles olive oil output this season
    01 march 2003 13:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia produced about 70,000 tonnes of olive oil during the 2002/2003 or more than double the level of the previous harvest, says an official report released here. Full text...

  • American company stakes on Ethiopian agriculture
    28 february 2003 12:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An American outfit, the Food Development Corporation (FDC), is in negotiations with Ethiopian agriculture and trade officials with a view to investing more than US$235 million in farm development projects, FDC chair Henry H. Full text...

  • Libya, FAO sign food security projects in Africa
    27 february 2003 19:21:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Libya and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation have signed two agreements for Libya to finance agricultural projects costing more than US$21 million in Sahelian and Saharan countries. Full text...

  • UN official warns of improper land use
    27 february 2003 13:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 40 billion US dollars in annual income on crop production is lost each year due to land degradation, a UN official told farmers at a forum Thursday. Full text...

  • AIDS undermines food security in Africa, says WFP boss
    26 february 2003 12:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- James T. Full text...

  • Land reform afoot in Senegal, says Minister
    26 february 2003 09:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Senegalese government plans to table before the National Assembly (Parliament) soon, a land reform bill, according to Agriculture Minister Habib Sy. Full text...

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