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  • FAO chief hails fallen Goodwill Envoy
    31 december 2012 17:11:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death of Italian scientist and physician Rita Levi Montalcini, 103, has claimed a tireless advocate for a hunger-free world, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria minister scores agriculture sector high in 2012
    26 december 2012 12:53:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's agriculture sector has performed creditably in the out-going year, enhancing the capacity of farmers and mitigating the effect of flood disaster that ravaged many states across the country, according to Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Akinwumi Adeshina. Full text...

  • Gambia gets US$ 20 million grant from IFAD
    21 december 2012 17:35:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian government has got US$ 20.28 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance a new project that is expected to improve the condition of farmers in rural areas in the West African country. Full text...

  • Zambian President urges millers to reduce maize meal prices
    21 december 2012 13:49:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s President Michael Sata has described the recent hike in prices of the country’s staple food, mealie-meal, as “unjustified and unacceptable”. Full text...

  • Darfurian farmers enjoy bumper harvest as deal keeps grazing animals away
    20 december 2012 12:38:25
    Kebkabiya, Sudan (PANA) - A new project funded by the second phase of the Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) has brought peaceful coexistence for farmers and herders in Kebkabiya this cropping season, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Forest products industry slowly recovers from recession
    18 december 2012 12:43:21
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The global forest products industry is slowly recovering from the economic crisis, with the Asia-Pacific region and particularly China taking the lead, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Africa countries making progress in agriculture- Report
    17 december 2012 09:55:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African countries are making steady progress towards improving the agricultural sector, as more countries become active in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme(CAADP), which aims to improve food security, rural development as well as to reduce poverty. Full text...

  • Researchers get US$25.2m grant to boost cassava production in Africa
    15 december 2012 22:01:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the US-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are investing US$25.2 million to improve cassava productivity and build human and technical capacity for plant breeding in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Niger records grain surplus of 419,964 tons
    14 december 2012 11:20:58
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger recorded a grain surplus of 419,964 tons at the end of the 2012 crop year, the government said in a statement in the capital, Niamey, Friday Full text...

  • IITA’s cassava varieties, prospects for tackling famine in Africa
    10 december 2012 16:47:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Ibadan, South West Nigeria, has developed improved cassava varieties with high prospects of tackling the seasonal bouts of famine in the Horn of Africa region, according to a statement from the Research Institute, made available to PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Food security linked to peace in the Sahel, says FAO chief
    08 december 2012 14:16:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said that improving food security in the Sahel will contribute to peace and stability in the region. Full text...

  • Food security improves in Sudan despite conflicts
    07 december 2012 15:52:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Most parts of Sudan, including war-ravaged areas, are witnessing improved food security, a report prepared by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in collaboration with humanitarian partners, said here Friday. Full text...

  • FAO urges govts to create favorable investment climate for farmers
    06 december 2012 14:29:08
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Making more and better investments in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty while safeguarding the environment, according to a key message from FAO´s flagship annual report - The State of Food and Agriculture 2012 (SOFA) - presented Thursday in Rome, the Italian capital. Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index drops by 3 percent
    06 december 2012 09:17:24
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index averaged 211 points in November 2012, down 3 points (1.5 percent) from October and the lowest since June 2012, FAO said Thursday. Full text...

  • IIED report urges new development agenda for small-scale farming
    01 december 2012 08:30:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A three-year study of the ways small-scale farmers operate in Africa, Asia and Latin America has prompted calls for a major rethink of development and business interventions. Full text...

  • Burundi targets production of 169,000 tons of rice by 2020
    26 november 2012 16:13:58
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's rice production could increase from 69,000 tons this year to 169,000 tons by 2020, requiring a financial involvement of over US$ 315 million in the country’s rich agricultural sector, according to a study conducted on the Burundi rice development strategy. Full text...

  • African lawmakers urged to pay attention to agriculture
    24 november 2012 15:51:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Lawmakers across Africa have a critical role to play in placing agriculture at the centre of their legislative duties in order to overcome large-scale poverty, hunger and improve food security, in line with the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), so says the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • AU, FAO and Lula Institute join efforts to fight hunger in Africa
    22 november 2012 10:43:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Instituto Lula of Brazil have announced a joint effort to help eradicate hunger and undernourishment in Africa. Full text...

  • Eastern, Southern Africa urged to upgrade livestock sector
    20 november 2012 15:35:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have been urged to upgrade their livestock sector to commercial production and intensification if the region is to tap into the emerging opportunities in the Far East and Europe. Full text...

  • Burundi set to increase coffee production
    20 november 2012 10:47:05
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi has said it is willing to enter into partnerships, through Swiss coffee company "Sucafina" and its Geneva-based foundation Kahawatu (popular coffee in Swahili), in order to significantly improve the performance and competitiveness of the African nation's coffee sector. Full text...

  • FAO says rice production outpacing consumption
    20 november 2012 10:28:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global rice production for 2012 is forecast to outpace consumption in 2012/13, resulting in an upward revision of 5 million tonnes in 2013 closing inventories, according to a new forecast by Food and Agriculture Organisation's Rice Market Monitor (RMM) issued Tuesday. Full text...

  • Project shows new business models can spell success for African farmers
    19 november 2012 06:32:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A major international project has provided insights into how small-scale farmers in Africa can improve their livelihoods by building sustainable trading relations with international businesses in the food industry, according to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • EU warns Togo and Guinea on illegal fishing
    16 november 2012 22:14:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union Commission on Friday warned Togo and Guinea for not taking sufficient measures to fight illegal fishing. Full text...

  • FAO-UNEP partnership to help countries manage ozone-damaging gas
    14 november 2012 15:50:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The FAO-based International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Wednesday agreed to join forces to help countries better manage their handling of the ozone-damaging gas methyl bromide (MeBr), used in treating plant products to prevent the accidental spread of pests and diseases. Full text...

  • Conference on food security in dryland countries opens in Doha
    14 november 2012 12:31:28
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Conflict, recurrent drought and volatile food prices have countries in Africa and the Near East in a hunger trap, although there is a way out, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the International Conference on Food Security in Drylands that opened in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday. Full text...

  • New FAO report focuses on investments in developing countries
    13 november 2012 11:22:28
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - International investments that give local farmers an active role and leave them in control of their land have the most positive effects on local economies and social development, according to a new FAO report published here Tuesday. Full text...

  • IFAD supports EAC bid to attain food self-sufficiency
    08 november 2012 12:20:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Convinced by the efforts being made in the East African Community (EAC) partner states to attain food self-sufficiency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has earmarked the region as its top priority for support in 2013. Full text...

  • World food import bill may fall in 2012 - FAO
    08 november 2012 12:14:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Food Outlook, a bi-annual global market report published Thursday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has said lower international prices and freight rates, together with lower cereal purchases, could push down the world food import bill in 2012. Full text...

  • ECOWAS launches ambitious food security programme
    05 november 2012 09:39:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has launched an "ambitious programme" to promote food self-sufficiency and reduce food import into the region by 40 percent over the next three years, Commission Vice-President Toga Gayewea McIntosh said. Full text...

  • Malaysia to help Sudan in Gum Arabic production
    02 november 2012 18:12:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Malaysia have signed an agreement to develop over three thousand local societies and associations relative to Gum Arabic production in Central Sudan. Full text...

  • Gambia to host IFAD's regional forum
    31 october 2012 15:47:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambia will host International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)'s regional forum, slated to run from 12 to 15 November, PANA confirmed from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia hosts conference on Africa Day food, nutrition security
    31 october 2012 15:01:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Participants from Africa and beyond are gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a conference to commemorate this year’s Africa Day for food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • US increases funding to combat influenza, emerging disease threats
    29 october 2012 13:38:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The commitment of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to fight emerging disease threats in "hot spot" regions worldwide has received a boost with new funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UN agency said Monday. Full text...

  • FAO boss urges eradication of hunger
    25 october 2012 10:41:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva has called on international food communities and all players in the global food system to join together in eradicating hunger from the earth "within our lifetimes". Full text...

  • FAO issues new locust alert to northwest Africa
    23 october 2012 18:26:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has alerted Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco to prepare for the likely arrival of Desert Locust swarms from the Sahel in West Africa in the coming weeks. Full text...

  • Some 215 Nigerian fishermen evacuated from Gabon
    22 october 2012 22:13:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - About 215 Nigerian fishermen stranded in Gabon arrived back home on Sunday night aboard a chartered flight after being evacuated by the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Full text...

  • FAO's organ approves principles for responsible investment in agriculture
    22 october 2012 16:10:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A two-year consultation process to develop principles for responsible investment in agriculture that respect rights, livelihoods and resources was approved by the 39th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which ended on Saturday at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN agency said in a news dispatch Monday. Full text...

  • FAO chief pays tribute to fallen US senator
    22 october 2012 15:49:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agricuture (FAO) mourned the death of former US Senator George McGovern, describing him as a tireless advocate for the worlds hungry. Full text...

  • 73 young men, women from ECOWAS complete entrepreneurial training
    19 october 2012 12:45:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An intensive entrepreneurial training in integrated agriculture at the Songhai Centre, Porto Novo, Benin Republic, for 73 young men and women from 13 ECOWAS member states rounded off Thursday with the issuance of certificates to the participants. Full text...

  • Mauritius experiments wheat crop
    19 october 2012 11:49:14
    Poudre d'Or, Mauritius (PANA) - After cultivating sugar cane for about 400 years, Mauritius is now trying to grow wheat in order to improve food security in the country and across Africa, Sudarshan Jugessur, chair of the Mauritian Council research, said as the crop was being harvested Friday morning at Poudre d'Or, northern Mauritius. Full text...

  • African programme to empower women in agric gets US$19m funding
    19 october 2012 10:07:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has received new joint funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (US$14 million) and the United States Agency for International Development (up to US$5 million) for its programme, which develops the research and leadership skills of top women agricultural scientists in Africa. Full text...

  • Hunger-Free Initiative launched for West Africa
    18 october 2012 13:24:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new project with the objective of eliminating hunger in West Africa has been launched by West African countries, Germany and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Brazil to help boost cotton production in developing countries
    17 october 2012 12:51:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Brazil and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have signed new South-South cooperation agreement worth US$20 million that aims to channel Brazilian expertise in cotton production to other developing countries. Full text...

  • Modern technology panacea to Nigeria's food security - Envoy
    17 october 2012 10:20:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria needs to adopt technologies that have been tested and tried in the leading countries of the world if it hopes to transform its agriculture sector and achieve sustainable food security, according to the country’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof . Ade Adefuye. Full text...

  • FAO calls for strengthened food security governance
    16 october 2012 18:05:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Continuing food price volatility requires improved global governance of food security, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, told a ministerial meeting on food price volatility Tuesday, attended by some 20 ministers. Full text...

  • MDGs still reachable, says FAO chief
    15 october 2012 17:11:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - If countries step up their efforts to reduce hunger, the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015 can still be reached, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, told the opening session of a meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, on Monday. Full text...

  • IITA DG tasks stakeholders to redouble efforts to save Africa from hunger
    13 october 2012 16:29:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the World Food Day celebration on 16 October, African leaders and stakeholders have been told to redouble their efforts and save the continent from the pangs of hunger and poverty, according to the Director-General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, in South West Nigeria, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga. Full text...

  • Oxfam prods Committee on World Food Security to end inaction on hunger
    13 october 2012 10:26:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With abnormally high food prices and declining efforts to tackle global hunger, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) must now energize governments to begin fixing the broken global food system, at its annual meeting in Rome, Italy, from 15 to 20 October, international development agency Oxfam has said. Full text...

  • FAO's Committee on World Food Security meets 15-20 October
    13 october 2012 10:14:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that its Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will meets in Rome, Italy, from 15 to 20 October, according to a press statement, released in the Italian capital and received by PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • Ministerial meeting on volatile food prices holds at FAO headquarters
    13 october 2012 10:04:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A ministerial meeting on the volatile food prices will take place on 16 October at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), PANA reported here Saturday, quoting the UN agency. Full text...

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