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  • SADC leaders mull strategies against chronic hunger
    15 may 2004 10:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An extra-ordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) opened in Dar es Salaam Saturday on efforts to stem hunger and chronic food insecurity in the region. Full text...

  • Mali Sets Up Food Security Commission
    13 may 2004 15:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Resolved to place food security at the heart of the government's priorities, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has created a Food Security Commission, an official source has revealed. Full text...

  • Experts control locust menace in Algeria
    13 may 2004 13:54:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The interdepartmental locust control committee in Algeria has confirmed controlling the locust threat that hit the country recently, without loss in crops or poisoning of animals. Full text...

  • Morocco anticipates bumper cereal harvest
    13 may 2004 13:43:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Agriculture Minister Mohand Laenser has announced that Morocco projects a record cereal production of 81 million quintals during the 2003-2004 crop season, a four percent increase over the previous year. Full text...

  • Niger food situation improves
    12 may 2004 13:52:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The food situation in Niger has improved with some 3. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe boasts producing sufficient food
    12 may 2004 07:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said Wednesday that Zimbabwe produced enough food this year so much that it has informed international donors that it required no food aid. Full text...

  • Zuma to attend SADC food security summit
    11 may 2004 17:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy president Jacob Zuma will represent South Africa at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) extra-ordinary Summit on Agriculture and Food Security slated for 14-15 May in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • WFP funds food-for-work programme in Mozambique
    10 may 2004 17:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique and the World Food Programme (WFP) Monday in Maputo signed a food-for-work programme estimated at two million US dollars to assist rural communities over five years. Full text...

  • FAO spurs global rice production
    09 may 2004 10:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global photography contest to highlight the importance of rice as a staple food crop and a symbol of cultural and global identity, according to a release by the UN agency. Full text...

  • Kenya acts to beat EU exports requirement deadline
    08 may 2004 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Farmers in Kenya's Central region are undergoing a series of sensitisation workshops this month on proper record keeping of all chemicals used in their farming activities in line with a new European Union requirements on export produce. Full text...

  • Cotton production up in Zimbabwe
    06 may 2004 20:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union said Thursday that cotton output this year increased by 25 percent to 300,000 tons compared to last year. Full text...

  • FAO, WFP assess relief needs in Swaziland
    06 may 2004 12:30:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation/World Food Programme (FAO/WFP) Crop and Food Assessment Mission is in Swaziland to appraise the havoc wreaked by drought and the amount of assistance the country requires. Full text...

  • Swaziland signs FAO agriculture agreement
    06 may 2004 12:21:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swazi government has signed a cooperation agreement with the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) envisaged in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Algeria intensifies locust fight
    05 may 2004 20:18:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government has spent about 750,000 US dollars to fight locust invasion, Rural Development Assistant Minister, Rachid Benaissa said in Algiers. Full text...

  • Benin launches 2004-2005 farming season
    03 may 2004 11:31:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries minister Lazare Sehoueto launched the 2004-2005 farming season in Benin this weekend at the northwestern locality of Barei, stressing mechanisation and modernisation. Full text...

  • Fowl plague devastating poultry farming in DR Congo
    01 may 2004 16:50:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- An unknown fowl disease has devastated poultry farming in Kananga, the main town in Western Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), with chickens being the most affected lot in the plague, the Congolese News Agency (ACP) has reported. Full text...

  • Kenyan animal health officials cry foul over quacks
    30 april 2004 14:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Members of the Kenya Veterinary Association Friday claimed that quacks had invaded the profession, and challenged the authorities to assist the sector to profess and enhance professionalism in order to regain its past glory. Full text...

  • Zambia imports veterinary vaccines from Botswana
    29 april 2004 13:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has imported vaccines worth about ZMK400 million from neighbouring Botswana for the vaccination of some 25,000 animals now under threat of various veterinary diseases, including foot-and-mouth, in Zambia's southern region, chief veterinary officer Dominic Minyoi said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Angola, Botswana, Namibia discuss common water project
    28 april 2004 21:22:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Experts from Angola, Botswana and Namibia began discussions here Tuesday on the evolution of a joint study on the Okavango Basin and its water resources, official sources confirmed in the Angolan capital. Full text...

  • Mozambique harvests more in spite of drought
    28 april 2004 17:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Harvests of several Mozambican crops increased significantly in 2003 despite severe drought in certain parts of the country's southern and central regions, the minister of agriculture Helder Muteia said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Former Zimbabwe farmers work miracles in Zambia
    28 april 2004 12:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A contingent of white farmers from Zimbabwe who settled in Zambia less than two years ago have dramatically helped their adopted country increase production of burley tobacco from a mere three million kg in 2002 to 12. Full text...

  • Malnutrition stalks Ethiopians seeking food security
    28 april 2004 10:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Risks in a new venture like Ethiopia's ongoing rural resettlement operations are never eliminated, but can be reduced with meticulous management. Full text...

  • FAO needs $17m for locust control in north-west Africa
    27 april 2004 14:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Warning that the locust threat in north-west Africa was becoming "extremely serious", the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Tuesday that $17 million was needed to continue the current campaign to save crops. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tobacco earnings increase
    26 april 2004 16:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe said Monday prices of the commodity on auction floors had firmed sharply in recent days, due to high demand and better crop quality. Full text...

  • Mali hosts food security workshop
    26 april 2004 16:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's foreign and international co-operation minister Lassana Traoré on Monday opened an international food security conference initiated by the Human Security Network currently chaired by Bamako. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean tea firm to invest in Mozambique
    23 april 2004 17:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Zimbabwean tea company, Tanganda, has announced plans to establish plantations in Mozambique as part of an expansion programme, Mozambican news agency, AIM reported Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya not yet ready for GM foods - Minister
    22 april 2004 14:38:00
    Nyeri- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior Kenya government official Thursday expressed apprehension on the introduction of genetically modified foods (GM Foods), saying the country presently lacked the capacity to assess the risk of the products on consumers and the environment. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pepper output falls
    20 april 2004 17:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The production of paprika (pepper) in Zimbabwe has declined to 7,000 tons this year from 10,000 tons last year due to late rains, an official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Agric Minister in Mozambique
    20 april 2004 17:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Sierra Leonean delegation led by Agriculture Minister Sama Monde began a nine-day visit to Mozambique Tuesday for exchange of agricultural experiences. Full text...

  • Angolan cereal harvest leaves 74 percent gap
    17 april 2004 18:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola has recorded a 74 percent deficit in its cereal production despite harvesting 713 million tons of maize during the 2002/2003 season, officials said here. Full text...

  • More US food aid for Ethiopian drought victims
    17 april 2004 09:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is to receive 72,600 tons of food aid, including protein-rich peas and vegetable oil, from the United States between this month and May, American Ambassador to the Rome-based UN agencies for food and agriculture, Tony Hall, has disclosed. Full text...

  • Zambia's southern region awaits cattle restocking
    09 april 2004 17:09:00
    Livingstone- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's southern region is still waiting for the release of two billion kwacha (nearly US$500,000) to start its cattle re-stocking exercise. Full text...

  • FAO helps Mauritania fight desert locusts
    09 april 2004 11:52:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released 396,000 dollars in support of Mauritania's efforts to combat a locust invasion, officials confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius wants Madagascar restore breadbasket status
    08 april 2004 16:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius will contribute to Madagascar regaining its status as the breadbasket of the Indian Ocean region, Premier Paul Berenger said here shortly after returning home from a four-day visit to Madagascar. Full text...

  • Dairy sub-sector vibrant in Kenya
    07 april 2004 23:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The dairy sub-sector in Kenya is gradually picking up and can become one of the main pillars of the national economy, said a Kenyn participant at the fourth International Show on Agri-food Industries and Technologies (SIAGRO) in Dakar. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt seizes more farms from whites
    07 april 2004 16:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday announced the seizure of a total of 144 more farms from white farmers to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • FAO urges food assistance despite good harvest in Africa
    07 april 2004 14:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- While overall availability of food has improved in sub-Saharan Africa, millions of people in the continent still rely on food assistance to survive, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) insisted Wednesday in its first Africa Report for 2004. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone doubles rice production
    07 april 2004 08:17:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Rice farmers in the southern Sierra Leonean district of Bo had a record yield last year, with the ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security reporting that production doubled from about 22,000 metric tons in 2002 to 44,000 metric tons in 2003. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, Egypt sign agriculture agreement
    06 april 2004 16:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and Egypt have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-operate in the agricultural sector, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean company signs tea agreement in Mozambique
    06 april 2004 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean company said Tuesday it had struck a joint venture deal with a Mozambican firm to establish tea plantations along the common border of the two countries. Full text...

  • Meet sets target to end calorie deficiency in Africa by 2020
    03 april 2004 18:04:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The All Africa conference on assuring food and nutrition security by 2020 ended in Kampala, Uganda, Saturday with a pledge that no African should be "calorie deficient" by the end of the next 16 years. Full text...

  • Africa food security meeting ends, trade access emphasised
    03 april 2004 16:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A three-day international conference on "assuring food and nutrition security in Africa by 2020" ended Saturday in Kampala with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni putting emphasis on trade access into the western markets. Full text...

  • 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...

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