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  • Sudan finally signs CAADP Compact
    31 july 2013 13:09:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ten years since the African Union (AU) leaders adopted the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Sudan has officially added its signature to the compact, becoming the 32nd country to do so. Full text...

  • WFP Executive Director ends fact-finding mission to Rwanda
    22 july 2013 14:04:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Monday ended a three-day visit to Rwanda during which she visited projects supported by the UN Agency to improve food security in the African country, including a food-for-work exchange programme that benefits some 3,000 formerly destitute peasants. Full text...

  • African agric science week ends
    21 july 2013 16:32:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW), hosted by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, rounded off in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian journalist wins African agric award
    21 july 2013 10:02:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Nigerian journalist Oluyinka Alawode has won the first Africa-wide media competition, held by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). Full text...

  • Scientists warn of food shortages in West Africa's Volta Basin
    20 july 2013 13:34:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Tens of thousands of people living in West Africa’s Volta Basin could be displaced in 15 years because they would not be able to grow enough food where they live, scientists have warned. Full text...

  • CGIAR urges alignment of research, development priorities to help Africa feed Africa
    19 july 2013 14:31:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Strong and dynamic partnerships will be key in addressing the challenges of poverty and food security in Africa, Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, said Friday at the ongoing Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • 'Agricultural products rot away in Casamance, Senegal'
    19 july 2013 14:05:26
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) – About 50% of all the agricultural products from Casamance, in Southern Senegal, are left to rot away because farmers are unable to move them to the markets following the lack of transportation facilities in the rural areas. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt boosts Cassava bread project with 10b Naira
    19 july 2013 09:54:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has announced the release of 10 billion Naira (US$61 million) to enhance Cassava bread production, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina. Full text...

  • Nigerian farmers get cassava varieties to fight vitamin A deficiency
    15 july 2013 23:25:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Farmers across the cassava planting belt in Nigeria, particularly those in rural households, have started receiving pro-vitamin A cassava varieties, as part of efforts to fight vitamin A deficiency. Full text...

  • New book by land-grab expert shows how deals can benefit African communities
    15 july 2013 11:51:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The time is ripe for a new approach to the large-scale land deals that ultimately connect millions of consumers and savers in rich nations with millions of poor rural farmers in Africa, says a new book by one of the world’s leading experts in such deals. Full text...

  • Moratorium on using live rinderpest virus lifted for approved research
    10 july 2013 13:35:25
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A moratorium on using live rinderpest virus for approved research has been lifted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Full text...

  • CGIAR to attend 6th Africa Agric science week in Ghana
    09 july 2013 12:42:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future that conducts and disseminates research to improve the lives, livelihoods, and lands of the world's poorest people, has said it will attend the 15-20 July 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Ghana. Full text...

  • Leaders vow to end hunger in Africa by 2025
    03 july 2013 15:05:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders have vowed to end hunger on the continent by 2025 by sustaining the momentum of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Full text...

  • USAID, AGRA partner towards reducing hunger, poverty in Africa
    01 july 2013 16:51:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on Monday announced multi-million dollar partnership towards reducing hunger and poverty in Africa. Full text...

  • African leaders meet in renewed partnership to end hunger
    01 july 2013 13:57:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders were due to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday in a renewed partnership to end hunger in the continent that has 239 million undernourished people, representing nearly a quarter of its entire population. Full text...

  • FAO seeks unified approach to end hunger
    01 july 2013 12:47:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The quest to end hunger needs to be taken by society as a whole, not by a single organisation or a single government, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told non-state actors at a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the weekend. Full text...

  • Indian businessmen to invest in rice production in Mali
    29 june 2013 14:52:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – To actualize the terms of an agreement signed in January 2010 between the Malian government and the Indian firm, Angelique International, Indian businessmen are set to begin wok on rice farms in parts of northern Mali, PANA learnt at the end of a visit to Sabe and Sevare, in Mopti, by the Malian Agricultural minister, Baba Barthe. Full text...

  • African leaders, stakeholders meet on common approach to end hunger
    29 june 2013 09:48:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Initiatives being undertaken to end hunger in Africa will not be enough to simply increase food production without addressing the many interconnected factors that keep people from being food secure, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, Jose Graziano da Silva, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • World’s largest plant for AflaSafe production under construction in Nigeria
    28 june 2013 19:36:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A plant, considered to be world's largest which will produce AflaSafe that will be use to control the spread of aflatoxins in grains, is under construction at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, south west Nigeria, PANA reported Friday from here. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US$ 80 million loan for African countries
    27 june 2013 17:18:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) Thursday approved an US$ 80 million loan towards financing agricultural projects in African countries, including Senegal and Ghana. Full text...

  • FAO appeals for US$ 22m to control locust plague in Madagascar
    26 june 2013 19:22:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday Full text...

  • Mali expects 14% increase in grain production
    24 june 2013 12:30:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is expecting a 14% increase in grain production this year over the 7,590,690 tons produced last year, PANA learned at the launch of the 2013/2014 crop year here on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria set to increase cocoa output by 40%
    24 june 2013 12:12:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - World's fourth largest cocoa producer Nigeria is set to increase its production output by 40%, at the end of the light crop season in August, following favourable weather conditions, Spokesman of Cocoa Association of Nigeria Robo Adhuze said. Full text...

  • Angola boosts Africa food security kitty
    21 june 2013 17:13:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Angola has announced that it will give US$10 million to the new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, administered by the FAO, to be invested in promoting food security in Africa, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a press statement from its Rome headquarters on Friday Full text...

  • Pope Francis I decries 'scandalous' starvation in world of plenty
    21 june 2013 17:04:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - While lauding participants in the 38th FAO Conference for working together against hunger, Pope Francis I urged countries to "move beyond indifference" in policies that exclude the most vulnerable and exacerbate hunger and poverty in the world, the UN food and agriculture agency said in a news dispatch from Rome, the Italian capital, on Friday. Full text...

  • FAO tasks ECOWAS member-states on food security
    20 june 2013 15:03:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Senegal, Jose Luis Fernandez, has suggested that factors contributing to improved crop yield in West Africa be put in place to guarantee food security in the sub region. Full text...

  • AU hosts high-level international meeting on ending hunger in Africa
    19 june 2013 08:20:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - With nearly a quarter of Africa’s population still undernourished, the African Union (AU) will, from 30 June, host a two-day high-level international meeting here to focus on renewing partnership for a unified approach to end hunger in the continent. Full text...

  • FAO DG urges members states to approve programme of work
    17 june 2013 13:35:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva Monday called on the FAO’s Conference, which opened on Sunday, to approve a programme of work and budget that sharpens its actions to improve its assistance to member states in attaining their food security and agriculture goals. Full text...

  • UN official advocates right to food in West Africa
    13 june 2013 21:12:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The deputy regional representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) in West Africa, on Thursday urged governments to protect the right to food by ensuring that the activities of private entities do not deprive others of the access to resources and jeopardise their capacity to have access to food. Full text...

  • Parts of Nigeria may face Boko Haram-induced food shortage
    13 june 2013 12:05:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some states in northern Nigeria may experience the scarcity of staple foods next year, after the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram prevented farmers from tilling their rice fields this year. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts meeting on human rights for food in West Africa
    12 june 2013 20:22:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – More than 40 participants from 8 West African countries will gather in Dakar on 13-14 June for a meeting of experts to identify the best practices for a concrete establishment of the human right for food in the region, says a statement from UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) made available to PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 38 countries meet UN anti-hunger targets for 2015 - FAO
    12 june 2013 11:07:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thirty-eight countries have met internationally-established targets in the fight against hunger, chalking up successes ahead of a deadline set for 2015, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) confirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya Forest Service, EU win FAO awards
    12 june 2013 11:02:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Forest Service has won a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) award for its implementation of the sustainable livelihood development project in the Mau forest complex, the UN agency said in statement obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AGRA President, Karuku, appointed to high-level global panel on agric and nutrition
    11 june 2013 09:33:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Jane Karuku has been appointed to a new high-level panel that will advise governments and the international community on agriculture and nutrition, AGRA said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria joins G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition
    10 june 2013 12:05:54
    London, UK (PANA) - Nigeria has been named a partner country in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a G8 initiative to catalyze private-sector investment in African agriculture, PANA reported Monday, quoting the country's Ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO donates 30 rice hullers to farmers in Congo
    07 june 2013 13:35:16
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has donated 30 rice hullers to farmers in the Congolese towns of Pool, Sangha and Likouala, sources close to the Congolese Agriculture ministry disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • Italy gives FAO 6m euros for agric development, emergencies
    06 june 2013 12:39:24
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italy has announced it will contribute an additional 6 million euros to support the strategic priorities of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Full text...

  • Global agric production growth to slow down
    06 june 2013 12:32:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5 percent a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius to set up a National Plant Varieties and Seeds Office
    05 june 2013 20:41:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will soon set up a National Plant Varieties and Seeds Office that will regulate the cultivation, production, trade, export and import of seeds. Full text...

  • Poverty reduction: UN report calls for investment in small-scale farmers
    04 june 2013 21:02:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in a report on Tuesday said that investing in small farmers can unleash a new and sustainable agricultural revolution, as well as help in reducing poverty. Full text...

  • EU parliament rejects new fishing agreement with Mauritania
    03 june 2013 20:30:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A new fishing agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania has been rejected by the European Parliament Fishing Commission, official sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • IIED study urges democratic governance of food systems to end hunger, under-nutrition
    03 june 2013 08:20:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Post-2015 development goals and agendas need to support a transformation of food systems by making food governance more inclusive and responsive, according to a new study by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • Malaysia to invest US$744m in Congo palm grove project
    31 may 2013 13:14:56
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A company in Malaysia, the world's second palm oil producing nation, is to invest US$744 million over a 10-year period in a palm grove project in Congo's La Cuvette and Sangha provinces, the Congolese Minister of Agriculture and Cattle, Rigobert Maboundou, has announced. Full text...

  • Jellyfish blooms may endanger fish stocks - warns FAO
    30 may 2013 17:52:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Surges in jellyfish populations may be one reason for a drop in fish stocks observed in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, according to a new report published by FAO on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia gets US$26.6 million AfDB grant for agriculture
    29 may 2013 14:03:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on Tuesday concluded a protocol agreement in Morocco for a US$26.6 million grant towards the food and agriculture sector development project in the West African nation. Full text...

  • AGRA welcomes AU's renewed commitment to agriculture
    24 may 2013 14:36:42
    Nairobi, kenya (PANA) - As the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)/African Union (AU) is being observed across the continent, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has welcomed the organisation’s renewed commitment to the transformation of Africa’s agricultural sector. Full text...

  • AUC, NGOs agree to make agriculture top of Agenda 2063
    23 may 2013 14:04:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Investment in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty in Africa, according to participants at a high-level panel discussion held here Thursday by officials of the African Union Commission, ONE and ActionAid. Full text...

  • AU ''not opposed'' to the acquisition of African farmland by foreign investors
    21 may 2013 12:49:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is not opposed to the acquisition of fertile farmland in the continent by foreign investors, Rhoda Peace Tumusine, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy of the AU Commission, has said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Study identifies economic opportunities in horticulture exports from developing countries
    16 may 2013 08:58:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The export of high-value horticulture from developing countries into developed economies is a significant opportunity for economic development, but wages in the sector are insufficient to enable a decent standard of living for workers and their dependants, according to a new joint study by Oxfam and International Procurement and Logistics (IPL). Full text...

  • FAO, Slow Food partner to bolster food production
    15 may 2013 11:26:04
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the international Slow Food organization agreed Wednesday to develop joint actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working in rural areas. Full text...

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