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  • Annan urges African govts to uplift peasants from subsistence level
    27 september 2012 11:56:06
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Creating opportunities which will enable smallholder producers to transition from subsistence farming to running their farms as businesses should be the focus of African governments, if the continent is to transform its agriculture, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in Arusha, Tanzania, Thursday. Full text...

  • Kikwete calls for affordable credit to traditional farmers in Africa
    27 september 2012 11:48:09
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Thursday made a case for traditional African farmers, saying to prevent them from remaining trapped in the poverty cycle, ways must be found to help them increase yields and improve their standard of living. Full text...

  • Annan, Gates call for improved livelihoods for African smallholder farmers
    26 september 2012 14:23:48
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – Agricultural transformation is a real possibility in Africa if governments will put in place the right policies, infrastructures and input support for small farmers, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Investing in farming has great potential for Africa’s growth
    26 september 2012 10:24:55
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - As Africa’s top politicians, business people and scientists converge on a mountain resort east of Arusha, Tanzania, Wednesday to discuss investments for sustainable agriculture and food security on the continent, studies show that investments in the sector have four times the economic impact than investments in other economic sectors. Full text...

  • High-level forum seeks ways to beef up Africa’s food security
    23 september 2012 11:57:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A number of African heads of state and chief executives of private business firms, financial institutions and scientists will convene at the edge of a national park in northern Tanzania this week to look for ways to unite the power of the public and private sectors in the global food security efforts. Full text...

  • EU, FAO’s efforts to revitalise Swazi agric gather steam
    21 september 2012 13:00:43
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - Rural farmers in Swaziland are starting to reap the fruits of a comprehensive effort by the government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), with the support of the European Union (EU), to reverse the country's declining agricultural productivity. Full text...

  • Cameroon partners with IITA to improve agric
    21 september 2012 11:08:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The government of Cameroon and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have agreed to collaborate to improve agriculture, create wealth and reduce poverty, according to a statement from the Nigeria-based research institute. Full text...

  • Pan-African meeting on nutrition opens
    19 september 2012 19:14:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (PANA) - The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) on Wednesday convened a workshop in Addis Ababa among key partners from 11 countries across Africa to share lessons learned, successes, challenges and next steps in reducing malnutrition through large-scale food fortification. Full text...

  • Guinea imports 25% of rice consumption despite... - Ministry
    16 september 2012 11:19:53
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Although Guinea has what it takes to be a major exporter of grains, it imports about 25% of the rice it consumes every year, representing 300,000 tons valued at tens of millions of dollars, according to Sekou Sangare, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture. Full text...

  • 'Private sector can play key role in anti-hunger fight'
    14 september 2012 21:28:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The fight against hunger can only be won in partnership between governments, civil society and farmer organizations and the private sector, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Full text...

  • Gambia says lack of water seriously undermining development
    14 september 2012 20:38:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Despite the Gambia government’s drive to ensure food self-sufficiency and poverty alleviation, the lack of water at the right time and place is seriously undermining its development objectives, says Mr. Amadou Saine, Gambia’s Permanent Secretary at the Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources. Full text...

  • Argentina to increase maize exports, Kenya showing interest
    14 september 2012 16:01:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Argentina will export an additional 2.75 million tonnes of maize from its 2011/12 crop, the country's Minister of Agriculture, Norberto Yauhar, confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • EBRD, FAO call for concerted effort in fight against hunger
    13 september 2012 18:09:01
    Istanbul, Turkey (PANA) - The fight against hunger can only be won in partnership between governments, civil society and farmer organizations and the private sector. Full text...

  • Annual post-harvest losses in Sahel put at 15 to 25%
    12 september 2012 22:31:50
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The annual post-harvest losses in the Sahelian region is put at 15 to 25%, the Regional Director of the Lome-based Regional Agro-Meteorological Centre, Mohamed Yahya, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa, Finland pledge more support to BioFISA
    06 september 2012 22:17:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The South African government and its Finish counterpart have pledged their continued support towards the successful implementation of BioFISA, a programme by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) across the continent, that uses biosciences to improve health and food security. Full text...

  • South Africa gives US$4.5 million food aid to Mauritania
    06 september 2012 20:08:53
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The South African government is providing food aid worth US$4.5 million to Mauritania, which is battling widespread food shortages, the Mauritanian Commissioner for Food Security (CSA), Mohamed Ould Mohamedou, announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • 36% of Niger farm lands washed away by ravaging River Niger floods
    06 september 2012 16:11:57
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – At least 3,050 hectares of land, which is 36 per cent of the total farm land in Niger, has been washed away by floods which destroyed the 12 hydro-agricultural perimeters on the River Niger bank. Full text...

  • Int'l community partners with Tanzania to prop up agricultural growth
    06 september 2012 14:34:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian senior government officials, together with representatives of international donors and the private sector, Thursday started a two-day strategy session here on how to accelerate agricultural transformation in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Airtel, GSMA partner to empower 250,000 small-holder farmers in Kenya
    06 september 2012 14:26:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Airtel Africa Wednesday announced that it was working with the GSM Association (GSMA) to initiate a project to provide approximately 250,000 small-holder farmers in Kenya reliable and relevant agricultural information via their mobile phones. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host 7th conference on cashew nut
    05 september 2012 18:26:16
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The seventh annual conference of the African Alliance for Cashew nuts (ACA) will hold in Cotonou, Benin, from 17 to 20 September under the theme "The future is now", PANA learnt Wednesday from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Small and Medium-sized Businesses. Full text...

  • Experts approve structures for regional coherence on fisheries
    05 september 2012 13:12:28
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Fishery experts rose from their week-long meeting in Cotonou, Benin, on Friday, validating the composition and mechanisms of the Regional and National Committees for Monitoring Policy Coherence in the fisheries sector, according to a statement received by PANA. Full text...

  • UN agencies highlight fears of repeat of 2007-2008 world food crisis
    04 september 2012 15:35:00
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Rome-based UN agencies -- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) -- have warned that the current situation in world food markets, caused by sharp increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices, has raised fears of a repeat of the 2007-2008 world food crisis. Full text...

  • Study reveals 5 African countries worst hit by agric land grab
    31 august 2012 11:08:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mali and Sudan are the five African countries most affected by the grabbing of agricultural land by foreign investors, according to an international study obtained by PANA Thursday in Paris, France. Full text...

  • 'Farmer-led irrigation schemes could transform food security in sub-Saharan Africa'
    31 august 2012 09:45:30
    Stockholm, Sweden, (PANA) - A new study has found that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as food prices escalate globally due to the failed monsoon season in Asia and the Full text...

  • IDB, Mali sign three loan agreements to boost agriculture
    30 august 2012 20:43:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on Thursday in Bamako signed three loan agreements for about 23 billion CFAF for the agricultural sector in Mali. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges policy harmonization for fisheries development
    29 august 2012 10:03:37
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - ECOWAS member states have been urged to harmonize their policies and efforts in the fisheries sector to boost intra-regional trade in fish products. Full text...

  • WFP warns on Zimbabwe food situation
    28 august 2012 12:25:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has said irregular rains, poor agricultural practices and ongoing economic challenges have pushed Zimbabwe into an increasingly critical food security situation. Full text...

  • New FAO framework launched
    27 august 2012 17:04:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Drought in some parts of the world has hurt global grain production and contributed to food price spikes virtually every other year since 2007, highlighting the need to transform the way water is used - and wasted - throughout the entire food chain. Full text...

  • We'll revolutionize agriculture in Nigeria, says President Jonathan
    24 august 2012 15:44:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan said here Friday that his Administration was committed to actualizing its plans to positively transform Nigeria’s agricultural sector into a major wealth creator and source of employment for the nation’s youth. Full text...

  • Tanzania to host forum on African Green Revolution
    23 august 2012 14:25:10
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives, Christopher Chiza, and the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Jane Karuku, on Thursday announced that Tanzania would host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 26 to 28 September, Full text...

  • Russian group to invest 500 million euros in agro-pastoral sector in Congo
    21 august 2012 13:40:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Russian Business Group, Premium, plans to invest over 500 million euros in the agro-pastoral sector in Congo, the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • IFAD chair visits Côte-d’Ivoire
    14 august 2012 22:19:08
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, is visiting Côte-d’Ivoire from 14 to 20 August, according to a statement issued by IFAD. Full text...

  • IFAD boss to visit Nigeria 20-21 August
    13 august 2012 17:32:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, will visit the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, south west Nigeria, from 20-21 August, according to a statement from the IITA, made available to PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • African Water Facility grant for Kenyan pastoralists
    09 august 2012 18:02:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - An estimated 150,000 people from pastoral communities, including students and teachers from six schools based in Kenya’s Baringo, Kiambu West and Laikipia districts, are to benefit from a 690,000-euro grant from the African Water Facility (AWF). Full text...

  • World Bank targets agriculture to fight rural poverty in Kenya
    09 august 2012 16:36:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World Bank is to manage a Japanese-funded project to assist 3,400 vulnerable women farmers to improve their livelihoods through better access to agricultural markets and trade, the bank said Thursday. Full text...

  • FAO food price index up 6 percent after 3 months of decline
    09 august 2012 16:22:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index climbed 6 percent in July 2012 after three months of decline, according to a press statement released Thursday in Rome, Italy, and obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • FAO calls for action to promote sustainable diets, food biodiversity
    08 august 2012 22:44:25
    New York, US (PANA) - A new book by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Full text...

  • Orange sweet potato, panacea to malnutrition in Africa, says study
    08 august 2012 20:22:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Recent research has shown that Orange Sweet Potato (OSP) can provide significant amounts of Vitamin A to malnourished women and children across African countries, according to a statement from the Washington D.C.-based agriculture focus Non-governmental organisation, HarvestPlus, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • FAO lowers global rice forecast for 2012
    07 august 2012 18:26:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Below normal monsoon rains in India are the chief causes of a 7.8 million tonnes downward revision in the forecast for global rice paddy production in 2012, the FAO has said. Full text...

  • UK gives Gambia 500,000 pounds to tackle food crisis
    06 august 2012 15:03:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The British High Commission to The Gambia on Monday announced a financial grant of 24 million dalasis (or 500,000 pounds) from the British government, through the UK Department for International Development (DfID), to the Gambia to enable the West African State deal with its current food crisis. Full text...

  • FAO lowers global rice forecast for 2012
    06 august 2012 11:21:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has revised downward the forecast for global rice paddy production in 2012, although world output should still slightly surpass the excellent results achieved in 2011. Full text...

  • WFP to help Congo explore arable land
    02 august 2012 12:36:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) will help the Congolese government exploit its massive arable land, out of which only 2 percent have been tapped, and provide assistance to farmers, its new representative in Congo, Ms. Alix Loriston, said. Full text...

  • Nigeria to buy cassava, rice processing machines from China
    27 july 2012 12:15:39
    Lagos, Nigeria(PANA) - The Nigerian government is to import 18 cassava and 100 integrated rice processing plants worth US$1.2 billion from China, as part of efforts to stimulate local production of the commodities and reduce the amount of foreign exchange spent on their importation, according to Agriculture Minister Akinwunmi Adesina. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks Cameroon on food security
    24 july 2012 08:35:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter has urged Cameroon to take measures to achieve food security in the long-term, including investing in small farmers, increasing accountability, and implementing stricter tax laws for foreign companies that draw natural resources from the country. Full text...

  • UNICEF says 8 million people face starvation in East Africa
    20 july 2012 19:00:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Eight million people in the Horn of Africa region, most of who were affected by the region’s worst ever drought, are in need of relief assistance exactly a year after a worldwide effort to save the region from a serious food crisis. Full text...

  • CPLP countries find antidote to hunger, says FAO Chief
    20 july 2012 15:03:59
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Portuguese-speaking countries have found the right approach to tackling hunger - by a combined effort of governments, civil society and the private sector, so says the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, at a Summit of leaders of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) which began here Friday. Full text...

  • Switzerland, France grant Niger FCFA 3.7b for locust control
    19 july 2012 12:24:15
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Switzerland and France have granted Niger FCFA 4 billion to help the African country contain the desert locust threat. Full text...

  • FAO steps up response to serious tomato pest in Near East
    19 july 2012 10:07:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it is stepping up its response to a tomato-eating moth that is threatening crops in the Near East. Full text...

  • Desert locust threat to Niger, Mali grows
    17 july 2012 11:52:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Desert Locust threat to pastures and croplands in Niger and Mali is growing after swarms of the insects arrived in the north of the two countries last month from Algeria and Libya, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU food aid for Senegal
    13 july 2012 16:28:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has provided food aid to 314,000 Senegalese living in areas badly threatened by drought, especially in Zinguinchor, Sédhiou, and Kolda (all in Casamance), Tambacounda, Kédougou and Matam, according to a statement issued here on Friday. Full text...

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