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  • WFP warns Swaziland about spending practices
    17 august 2002 10:37:00
    Malindza- Swaziland (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) hinted Friday its uneasiness with the Swaziland government's decision to buy a 45-million US dollar jet for King Mswati III at a time when part of the country's population is threatened with starvation. Full text...

  • Zambia forfeits 51,000 metric tons of US maize
    17 august 2002 10:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has slapped an immediate ban on the importation and distribution of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) thereby forfeiting an impending donation of at least 51,500 metric tons of maize from the US. Full text...

  • Induced rainfall gives farmers hope in Burkina Faso
    16 august 2002 22:32:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The rainfall situation for the 2001-2002 crop year which initially frightened producers due to its irregularity and poor distribution has positively changed since the induced rain operations in the country. Full text...

  • 5 white farmers in court, 16 others arrested in Zimbabwe
    16 august 2002 15:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Five white farmers appeared in court in Zimbabwe Friday over their defiance of a government order to vacate their farms to pave way for resettlement of land-less peasants, while 16 others were arrested the same day across the country over similar offences. Full text...

  • NGOs, government move to boost food production in western Kenya
    16 august 2002 07:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Peasant farmers in western Kenya thronged the Lake Victoria township of Ugunja earlier Wednesday for a field day that brought together hundreds of farmers and agricultural experts from both the private and the public sectors. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police arrest white farmers for resisting take-overs
    15 august 2002 20:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police Thursday arrested six white farmers for defying a government order to vacate their commercial farms to pave way for the resettlement of land-less peasants. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe earns $144.6 million from tobacco sales
    15 august 2002 18:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A tobacco industry official in Zimbabwe said Thursday the country has earned 144. Full text...

  • White farmers weigh losses as Zimbabwe steps up land campaign
    15 august 2002 14:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- White farmers in Zimbabwe said Thursday they would lose crops worth 33,400 million Zimbabwean dollars (650 million US dollars) if the government pressed ahead with plans to evict them from their properties by the end of the month to turn the land over to Black peasants. Full text...

  • Zambia to import maize from South Africa to cover shortfall
    15 august 2002 12:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian farmers have proposed to government that debate on genetically modified organisms be restricted to maize and that a committee of six persons be set up to map out a strategy on whether modified foods should be accepted for human consumption or not. Full text...

  • Botswana, Zimbabwe in diplomatic row over white farmers
    14 august 2002 23:14:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana and Zimbabwe are set for a diplomatic row after the Botswana Agricultural Union (BAU) invited white Zimbabwe farmers to come and invest in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe white farmers report evictions by militants
    14 august 2002 18:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A farming group for embattled white farmers in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that militant government supporters had began forcibly ejecting its members from their properties, following a stand-off with the authorities since last week over ownership of the farms. Full text...

  • Former ICRAF Chief Wins World Food Prize
    13 august 2002 19:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A former director general of the Nairobi- based International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Pedro Sanchez, has been awarded the US$250,000 World Food Prize for the year 2002. Full text...

  • ILO survey unveils plight of Zambian children in agriculture
    13 august 2002 14:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has just concluded a baseline survey in six districts of Zambia that shows that the majority of children in the country's agriculture sector are victims of the worst forms of exploitation including long hours of toil for little or no pay. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's peasants rejoice as white land dominance nears end
    12 august 2002 21:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Violet Mushonga, an elderly woman in her 60s, travelled over 300 kilometres from her home in Centenary in northern Zimbabwe to Harare to hear President Robert Mugabe speak at Monday's Heroes Day commemoration of the country's liberation war dead. Full text...

  • FAO supports Cape Verdean agricultural development plan
    12 august 2002 19:55:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- FAO director general Jacques Diouf said the UN food organisation would support a strategic agricultural development plan in Cape Verde. Full text...

  • White farmers gloomy as Zimbabwean leader stiffens land stance
    12 august 2002 17:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Embattled white farmers in Zimbabwe looked forlorn Monday as President Robert Mugabe toughened his stance on the country's land issue, but said they were still hopeful about a possible 11th-hour compromise with the government. Full text...

  • Swaziland starts distributing food aid to famine victims
    12 august 2002 11:52:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland Monday started distributing food aid in most rural areas of the tiny kingdom affected by famine. Full text...

  • White farmers in Zimbabwe face uncertain future
    11 august 2002 18:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Colin Cloete is deeply anxious, unsure of what his fate will be the next day as one of Zimbabwe's white farmers. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's flower growers cut production
    11 august 2002 11:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's flower growers said Sunday they had cut production this year to 16 000 tonnes from 24 000 tonnes in 2001 due to weaker prices on international markets. Full text...

  • FAO supports Cape Verde's agriculture
    10 august 2002 20:06:00
    Praia- Cape-Verde (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), supports Cape Verde's strategic plan for agricultural development, FAO Director General Jacques Diouf said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's agriculture in trouble, says newspaper
    10 august 2002 18:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Daily News said Saturday that the country's key agriculture industry had been thrown into serious trouble as hundreds of white commercial farmers began leaving their properties to pave way for landless peasants being resettled under government's controversial agrarian reform. Full text...

  • Displaced Zimbabwean white farmers turn to Botswana
    09 august 2002 21:15:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Representatives of Zimbabwe's Commercial (White) Farmers Union (CFU) have approached the Botswana government, seeking relocation to the country, officials said in Gaborone Friday. Full text...

  • US may divert GMO maize rejected by Zambia to other countries
    09 august 2002 16:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two visiting US lawmakers said Friday in Lusaka that the 23,000 tonnes of genetically modified maize, which Zambia is reluctant to accept from America could be sent to other needy countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria Optimistic on Earnings from Cassava
    09 august 2002 14:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture, Adamu Bello, has described as "very realistic" the country's plan to earn at least one billion dollars from cassava export. Full text...

  • Malabo begins limiting import of agricultural products
    09 august 2002 11:54:00
    Malabo- Equatorial (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, farmers in Malabo have received credits from the Agricultural Promotion Institute in Equatorial Guinea (INPAGE) as an incentive to grow food products for the domestic market and limit national dependence on imports. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's white farmers fear arrests over farm evictions
    08 august 2002 20:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Members of a new militant organisation for Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers said Thursday they feared targeted arrests by police over their refusal to vacate their farms being compulsorily acquired by the government for resettlement. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmers resist eviction order
    08 august 2002 19:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The majority of Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers vowed Thursday to stay put on their farms, resisting government's order to quit, Government had ordered the farmers to leave the farms as part of its controversial plan to resettle millions of landless blacks. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to start beef exports to Libya
    08 august 2002 15:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe is due to begin exporting beef to Libya shortly under a bilateral trade agreement between both countries, a senior government official said Thursday in Harare. Full text...

  • Nigerian Cabinet approves massive irrigation project
    07 august 2002 17:24:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Federal Executive Council Wednesday approved a special project for the development of irrigated agriculture in the country, Agriculture Minister Adamu Bello, said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets vaccines from Botswana to control FMD
    06 august 2002 20:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Cash-strapped Zimbabwe has received some 250,000 doses of vaccine from Botswana for the control of cattle foot and mouth disease (FMD), a senior health official said in Harare Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rogue elephants damage food crops in Malawi
    05 august 2002 18:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Rampaging elephants have destroyed more than 1,000 hectares of crops in Malawi's southern district of Machinga, a development that could compound the country's food crisis. Full text...

  • Zambia optimistic about winter maize experiment
    05 august 2002 12:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia was on Monday observing a farmers' holiday amid encouraging reports that its winter maize cultivation experiment was succeeding. Full text...

  • FAO sues for sustainable development of mountain regions
    17 june 2002 10:13:00
    Adelboden- Switzerland (PANA) -- FAO director general Jacques Jacques Diouf Sunday urged the world community to forge stronger partnerships towards the protection of the fragile ecosystems of mountain regions, as they were among the most important environmental linkages that sustain human life. Full text...

  • Burundi anticipates higher production in agriculture
    15 june 2002 11:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi authorities say they expect good yields this year in food and cash crop production, for both the domestic and export markets. Full text...

  • Angolan Agriculture Minister to visit Uruguay Monday
    14 june 2002 23:01:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- Angolan Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gilberto Buta Lutukuta, begins a weeklong visit to Uruguay Monday at the invitation of his counterpart Gonzalo Gonzalez. Full text...

  • SADC Ministers discuss food crisis
    14 june 2002 18:38:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Council of Ministers of the South Africa Development Community (SADC) began a meeting in Gaborone Friday, to discuss the worsening food situation in the region. Full text...

  • Ethiopia forces starving farmers to repay loans
    14 june 2002 16:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Emergency Unit for Ethiopia Friday released a report on an unfolding food crisis in the southern part of the country, blaming the government for forcing starving families to repay farm credits. Full text...

  • Mugabe slams developed countries over treatment of Third World
    13 june 2002 19:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, attending a World Food Summit in Italy, Wednesday launched a bitter attack on the policies of the developed countries towards the Third World, which he said were designed to keep the latter in perpetual poverty. Full text...

  • Rome food summit creates alliance against famine
    13 june 2002 12:40:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- Delegates from 182 countries on Thursday concluded a four-day World Food Summit in Rome by launching an "International Alliance against Famine" expected to accelerate FAO's objective to halve the number of famine-stricken people by the year 2015. Full text...

  • Sudan slams rich nations for shunning World Food Summit
    12 june 2002 20:59:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has criticised leaders of rich nations for staying away from the just-ended UN Food Summit in Rome, Italy, saying the move was to escape their commitment at the previous Summit to assist developing countries. Full text...

  • Half the African population suffer from food deficiency
    12 june 2002 17:01:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- Food deficiency affects at least 50 percent of the African population, indicates a study conducted by a Malawian researcher, Dr Isidore Chapfete. Full text...

  • China gives Zimbabwe food assistance
    12 june 2002 09:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- China has gave Zimbabwe 500,000 US dollars and 4,500 tonnes of maize to help it provide food relief to millions of people in the country facing starvation due to drought. Full text...

  • AIDS threatens agricultural sector in Africa
    11 june 2002 22:13:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- AIDS is no longer an essentially urban problem, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said, noting the pandemic now affects millions of people living in rural areas in Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS solicits international support on food security
    11 june 2002 18:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has appealed for additional international support to enable the sub-region pursue its priority programmes on food sufficiency for its 220 million citizens. Full text...

  • Angola begins to revive agriculture after war (Feature)
    11 june 2002 13:18:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- One of Angola's biggest and most difficult post-war challenges is reviving its agriculture shattered by armed conflict which nearly spanned three decades. Full text...

  • NEPAD Implementation Committee meets in Rome
    10 june 2002 22:33:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- African leaders and members of the Implementation Committee of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) will meet on the fringe of the World Food Summit, which opened in Rome Monday. Full text...

  • Angola begins to revive agriculture after war
    10 june 2002 22:21:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- One of the biggest and most difficult post-war challenges Angola faces is reviving its agriculture industry, which was left in ruins by a civil war that spanned nearly three decades. Full text...

  • Uganda steps up maize exports following bumper harvests
    09 june 2002 10:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Cashing in on the famine threatening much of southern Africa, Uganda has exported more than 860 tons of maize to Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in the last three months, according to senior presidential aide Gilbert Bukenya. Full text...

  • EU countries sign treaty on agricultural Biodiversity
    07 june 2002 19:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- All the 15 European Union countries Thursday signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, raising the number of adherents to 26. Full text...

  • Kabbah leaves for Rome world food summit
    07 june 2002 19:18:00
    Freetown Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has left for Rome to attend the World Food Summit opening Saturday in the Italian capital. Full text...

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