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  • 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...

  • Forests, insects critical in fight against hunger - FAO
    13 may 2013 12:12:06
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, Director-General of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Mr. José Graziano da Silva, said Monday. Full text...

  • President Kikwete to inaugurate IITA’s Science complex in Dar es Salaam
    12 may 2013 21:01:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete will on Monday inaugurate the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture(IITA) science laboratory building in Dar es Salaam, aimed at boosting food security on the continent, a statement from the research Institute said. Full text...

  • FAO says food prices rise for second month
    10 may 2013 11:50:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said global food prices rose for a second straight month, while global production of coarse grains could set a new record this year with strong growth also projected for global wheat and rice production. Full text...

  • AGRA wants world leaders to see agriculture as key to Africa’s growth
    09 may 2013 16:57:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Thursday called on global leaders at the World Economic Forum on Africa to recognise agriculture’s rightful place at the heart of Africa’s growth. Full text...

  • FAO says farming is improving in Africa but productivity still low
    07 may 2013 13:52:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African agriculture has achieved significant progress over the last decade and reduced the alarming pace of increases in rural poverty, thanks to the implementation of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), a senior official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopian minister urges collective action to eliminate hunger in Africa
    07 may 2013 10:58:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries need urgent collective action to end hunger and ensure better livelihoods for their people, Ethiopia’s State Minister in the Agriculture Ministry Wondirad Mandefro said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria wants greater partnership with Brazilian investors
    25 april 2013 11:46:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina has canvassed a greater partnership with Brazilian investors in order to boost agriculture potentials in the African nation. Full text...

  • African govts urged to give priority to small-scale farmers
    22 april 2013 21:12:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The FAO representative in Senegal, José Luis Fernandez, on Monday urged African governments to give priority to small-scale farmers and producers in the market. Full text...

  • War undermines agric investment in Mali
    17 april 2013 12:06:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - Billions of dollars in foreign investment in agriculture are now compromised in Mali because of the ongoing battle by Malian and international forces against armed jihadi groups, according to an estimate obtained by PANA in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • PACA workshop on aflatoxins ends in Tanzania
    12 april 2013 20:14:57
    Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The first Partnership for Aflatoxins Control in Africa (PACA) Strategy Development Stakeholder Consultation Workshop has ended here, with a call on participants to utilise knowledge acquired to address the problem of aflatoxins in their countries. Full text...

  • African countries urged to allocate more resources into aflatoxin research
    11 april 2013 18:41:37
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Vice-Chancellor of the Njala University in Sierra Leone, Prof. Felixtina Ellis, has called for increased funding of research to control aflatoxins, which pose great damage to food and health. Full text...

  • 'Dairy nudges FAO Food Price Index higher by 1%'
    11 april 2013 11:07:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food Price Index (FPI) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) crept higher by 1% in March compared to the figure a month ealier, driven mainly by an 11% increase in dairy, according to a press statement, issued here Thursday, by the Media Office at the FAO. Full text...

  • Africa to step up institutional framework against aflatoxin
    10 april 2013 17:49:40
    Dar Es-Salaam,Tanzania (PANA) - Participants at the ongoing consultation workshop on Partnership for Aflatoxin control in Africa have called for the scaling up of activities aimed at controlling the damage caused by aflatoxin to trade, health and food safety. Full text...

  • Tanzania to host PACA workshop on aflatoxin
    08 april 2013 18:24:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Tanzania is to play host to the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) during the first Strategy Development-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop to be held in Dar-Es Salaam, the capital, from 10-12 April, according to organizers. Full text...

  • Private sector investments in agric in Nigeria hit US$8b
    08 april 2013 12:20:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina has attributed the private sector investments in agriculture, which has hit US$8 billion, to the ongoing transformation in the sector. Full text...

  • Post harvest losses, challenge to achieving food security in Africa, by Semiu Babalola, PANA Correspondent
    05 april 2013 13:35:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Post harvest losses (PHL) recorded at the various levels of the agriculture value chain is frustrating efforts at achieving high growth rates, food security, reduction of poverty and creation of wealth in Africa, according to stakeholders in the sector. Full text...

  • FAO chief calls for sustained fight against hunger
    04 april 2013 14:23:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Political will from national leadership and action are crucial and governments have the primary responsibility for assuring the food security of their citizens, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Thursday in Madrid, Spain. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission launches platform in Madagascar
    30 march 2013 13:50:23
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean commission (IOC) has launched a platform, ''Women, sustainable development and food security (FDDSA),'' in Mahajanga, Madagascar, official sources told PANA on Saturday at the IOC headquarters. Full text...

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