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  • France gives cash to WFP for Zimbabwe food aid
    30 september 2002 15:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- France has given the World Food Programme (WFP) 500,000 euros for food relief programmes in Zimbabwe, the UN agency announced Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian govt denies famine deaths in southern province
    30 september 2002 13:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has rushed 800 metric tons of corn flour to the southern district of Monze after politicians claimed that three persons in the area have starved to death, an official working with disaster management said Monday. Full text...

  • Donors fund input scheme for Malawi farmers
    29 september 2002 19:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Donors have pledged famine-stricken Malawi a 14. Full text...

  • Zambia to import donkeys from Zimbabwe to boost farming
    28 september 2002 11:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zambia will import US$100,000 worth of donkeys from Zimbabwe to distribute to local farmers for use as draught power, a Zambian agriculture official said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Cattle disease outbreak claims thousands of animals in Zimbabwe
    27 september 2002 17:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary authorities in Zimbabwe said Friday more than 5,000 cattle, worth millions of dollars, have died in the past month from a foot disease in the southern Masvingo Province. Full text...

  • Virus hits Kenya pineapple crop
    27 september 2002 07:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prospects look bleak for Kenya's pineapple crop following an outbreak of pineapple wilt disease in Marafa Division on the country's coast. Full text...

  • Controversy over privatisation of Malawi's grains marketer
    25 september 2002 10:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawians are divided over the proposed privatisation of the national Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), with civil society organisations warning that the move would increase poverty in rural Malawi. Full text...

  • Madagascar sets up fund for rice marketing
    24 september 2002 17:29:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Madagascar has set up a fund for the marketing of "paddy" rice, to help stabilise the prices of the commodity and boost producers' income, industry sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana complies with EU cattle identification system
    24 september 2002 16:29:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana ministry of Agriculture has affirmed that 600,000 cattle in the country have been branded under the Livestock Identification and Trace-Back System (LITS) demanded by the European Union. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt gives grain body $37 million to buy wheat
    24 september 2002 13:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government has granted a state-owned grain procurement agency US$37 million (ZWD20. Full text...

  • CILSS warns of disquieting food situation across Sahel region
    23 september 2002 17:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) have warned of looming famine across the region. Full text...

  • Nigerian committee proposes surcharge on rice imports
    22 september 2002 12:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian presidential committee on rice production has recommended a 10 percent surcharge on rice imports to finance the country's rice production programme. Full text...

  • EU announces 15-million-Euro food donation to Ethiopia
    21 september 2002 19:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has announced the donation of 15-million-Euro in emergency food aid to Ethiopia. Full text...

  • CILSS experts discuss regional agricultural production
    19 september 2002 20:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) began a meeting in Bamako Wednesday, focussing on the agricultural and food situation in the 2002-2003 farming season in the area, according to the Malian ministry of rural development and the environment. Full text...

  • ACP bent on safeguarding interests in Sugar Protocol
    19 september 2002 19:56:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Agriculture and Food Technology minister Pravind Jugnauth affirmed Thursday the resolve to safeguard ACP interests even as a long-standing Sugar Protocol is reviewed to comply with World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa urges Zambians to be patient over GM food
    19 september 2002 19:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa Thursday appealed to his compatriots to exercise patience, as the government awaits a report by Zambian scientists currently on a mission abroad to study the health implications of genetically modified food. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tightens land laws for white farmers
    18 september 2002 21:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday marshalled its parliamentary majority to amend land laws to enable it to speed up its controversial farm seizures from white farmers to resettle landless peasants, easily brushing aside resistance from opposition legislators. Full text...

  • White Zimbabwean farmer jailed for killing black settler
    17 september 2002 20:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean High Court Tuesday jailed a white farmer for 15 years for killing a black settler, who had been resettled on his farm under the government's controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe amends laws to speed up eviction of white farmers
    17 september 2002 17:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Hurrying to complete its controversial land acquisition from white commercial farmers, the government of Zimbabwe has announced amendments to land laws in order to fight off mounting legal challenges. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt, brewer agree financing for farmers
    17 september 2002 12:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean company and the government Tuesday signed a ZWD10 billion (55ZWD=1USD) financing agreement for peasants resettling on farms seized from white farmers, to produce a variety of crops in the next two farming seasons. Full text...

  • Locusts Threaten Sudan's Cereal Zone, Farmers Warn
    17 september 2002 12:42:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Swarms of locusts and grasshoppers have massively attacked cereal farmlands in Sudan's Eastern Gedrarif region, the Sudanese Farmers Federation said here Tuesday in a press statement. Full text...

  • 14.4 million people need food aid in Southern Africa
    16 september 2002 20:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs, James Morris, on Monday announced that an additional 1. Full text...

  • Japan grants Zimbabwe four million US dollars in food aid
    16 september 2002 18:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Japan Monday gave Zimbabwe a four-million-US-dollar grant for drought relief food to avert mass starvation in the southern African country. Full text...

  • WFP chief ends food crisis mission in southern Africa
    15 september 2002 17:31:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Chief Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), James Morris, has warned governments of six famine hit countries in southern Africa to take the food crisis facing their populations seriously. Full text...

  • Cotton yield rises in Tanzania, but growers to earn less
    13 september 2002 19:59:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Reports from Tanzania's cotton growing areas indicate yields will be 6 percent up from last year's 280,000 bales, but farmers should not expect increased earnings. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe seeks to tighten land laws
    13 september 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government, locked in Court battles with white farmers over its plans to seize their farms to resettle landless black peasants, said Friday it would amend the country's land laws to ward off the legal challenges. Full text...

  • WFP boss expected in Swaziland Saturday to examine food crisis
    12 september 2002 20:48:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The UN special envoy for humanitarian needs in southern Africa, James Morris is expected in Swaziland Saturday in continuation of his assessment of the food crisis in the subregion. Full text...

  • Zambia cautious over white farmers from Zimbabwe
    12 september 2002 13:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia will scrutinise the track record of each white farmer from Zimbabwe to see if the individual was capable of contributing to raising the country's food production, Agriculture Minister Mundia Sikatana said Thursday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Cameroon experiments on breeding hedgehogs
    11 september 2002 16:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon, with the backing of the European Union and an NGO dubbed 'Veterinarians without Borders' is encouraging the breeding of hedgehogs as part of efforts at alleviating poverty, checking poaching and fostering the conservation of biodiversity. Full text...

  • Weather experts issue El Niٌo warning in Tanzania
    10 september 2002 09:25:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Weather experts in Tanzania have issued an El Niٌo warning predicting that the dreaded weather pattern would hit the country before the end of the year. Full text...

  • Angola needs $200 million to restore coffee production
    09 september 2002 20:33:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola needs about 230 million US dollars to recover coffee production in Angola, Manuel Dias, director of the National Coffee Institute, told a press conference Monday in Luanda. Full text...

  • Zambia limits distribution of GM grain to refugees only
    09 september 2002 15:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has allowed the World Food Programme to distribute its marooned genetically modified (GM) maize among refugees insisting, however, that the grain must first be milled into corn-flour, vice-president Enoch Kavindele said Monday. Full text...

  • UN envoy meets Zambian officials over biotech food
    09 september 2002 15:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN humanitarian envoy James Morris held discussions Monday in Lusaka with Zambian government officials, including vice-president Enoch Kavindele on how to deal with genetically modified maize grain that was brought in for distribution to starving millions. Full text...

  • UN envoy arrives in Zambia to assess humanitarian needs
    08 september 2002 11:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN special humanitarian envoy, James Morris arrived Sunday in Zambia to assess the extent of humanitarian needs among rural dwellers following scanty rains that left crops withered in fields. Full text...

  • 60,000 face food crisis in Guinea Bissau
    06 september 2002 17:27:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- About 60,000 people in southern Guinea Bissau are facing a food crisis, according to a survey by a local farmers' association. Full text...

  • WFP chief welcomes Zimbabwe's about-turn on GM food
    06 september 2002 16:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- World Food Programme executive director James Morris has welcomed Zimbabwe's about-turn to accept genetically modified (GM) food aid. Full text...

  • Africa's civil society backs Zambia for rejecting GM maize
    06 september 2002 14:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Africa's civil society groups that participated in the just ended World Summit on Sustainable Development say they fully support Zambia for rejecting genetically modified maize, describing the food as contaminated. Full text...

  • WFP to give Zimbabwe more food aid
    05 september 2002 17:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The World Food Programme announced Thursday it would give Zimbabwe 55,000 tonnes of food aid a month to help avert mass starvation due to drought. Full text...

  • Over 120 Zimbabwean farmers explore prospects in Zambia
    04 september 2002 15:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- At least 125 white farmers from Zimbabwe are currently in Zambia exploring possibilities of relocating their activity to the neighbouring country. Full text...

  • Annan tells Mugabe to handle land reforms fairly
    04 september 2002 14:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stressed to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe that he should redistribute land fairly and compensate those who are affected, including commercial farmers and farm workers. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe rejects genetically modified food
    02 september 2002 12:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe reiterated Monday its rejection of genetically modified food on health grounds, a week after the World Health Organisation urged drought-stricken countries in southern Africa to accept donations of such food as it posed no health risk. Full text...

  • Drought-stricken Mauritania needs urgent food aid
    02 september 2002 11:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's interior minister Lemrabott Mahmoud Ould Chekh Ahmed has launched an urgent an international appeal for food aid to avert impending starvation. Full text...

  • Malawi government wages war against hunger
    01 september 2002 11:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- In response to a looming food shortage that has seen more than three million Malawians starving, the government of President Bakili Muluzi has devised a number of strategies aimed at maximising agricultural yields. Full text...

  • Hungry Angolans search for food in Mavinga
    31 august 2002 12:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thousands of hungry Angolans have reportedly flocked into the town of Mavinga in search of food aid, an international NGO revealed in Nairobi Saturday. Full text...

  • Chissano backs Zimbabwe's controversial land policies
    30 august 2002 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting Mozambican President Joachim Chissano Friday backed Zimbabwe's controversial land reforms, saying they were imperative moves to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. Full text...

  • Kenya's tea production records marginal growth
    30 august 2002 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's tea production in the month of July improved marginally compared to the same month last year, but failed to mitigate a declining trend since January. Full text...

  • Activists fail to stop live export of South African ruminants
    30 august 2002 09:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Grahamstown High Court in South Africa has dismissed with costs an urgent application brought by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) to prevent the export of goats and cattle for slaughter. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's white farmers need billions to pay off workers
    29 august 2002 21:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Embattled white farmers in Zimbabwe require a whopping ZWD10. Full text...

  • Sudan gets 25 million-dollar loan from CEN-SAD Bank
    29 august 2002 17:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The African Development and Trade Bank, an arm of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), has approved a loan of 25 million US dollars for Sudan to acquire fertilisers, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman announced in Khartoum Thursday. Full text...

  • Fish production declines in Kenya
    29 august 2002 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A scarcity of fish and fish products looms large in Kenya in the coming months following a great fall in the national catch. Full text...

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