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  • Zimbabwe police arrests more white farmers for defiance
    29 august 2002 12:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Thursday they had arrested 29 white farmers in the last 24 hours for defying a state order to move off their farms to pave way for resettlement of landless peasants. Full text...

  • Senegalese officials trade blames over flaws in food distribution
    29 august 2002 08:55:00
    Diourbel- Senegal (PANA) -- Local authorities in the Senegalese region of Diourbel, 146 km east of Dakar blamed each other for flaws in the distribution of emergency food aid to peasants, when President Abdoulaye Wade visited the area to assess reports of a food shortage there. Full text...

  • Regional authorities in Senegal appeal for food aid
    29 august 2002 08:17:00
    Diourbel- Senegal (PANA) -- Contrary to President Abdoulaye Wade's disavowal of claims about famine raging in the rural parts of the country, local authorities insist the central Senegalese region of Diourbel, 146 km from Dakar needs 26,780 tons of relief food and 4,000 tons of cattle feed. Full text...

  • FAO announces food security programme for Gabon
    27 august 2002 20:27:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- FAO director general Jacques Diouf has announced the launching of a special food security programme in Gabon in 2003 to alleviate its food scarcity problem. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says foot-and-mouth disease outbreak under control
    27 august 2002 18:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A government veterinary official in Zimbabwe said Tuesday a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the central district of Zhombe, which led to the suspension of beef exports two months ago, had been brought under control. Full text...

  • Gabon imports 134 million dollars worth of food
    27 august 2002 12:49:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon imports 134 million US dollars worth of food products, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) chief executive Jacques Diouf has observed in Libreville, as he winds up a two-day working visit to the central African country Tuesday. Full text...

  • FAO plans food security programme for Gabon
    26 august 2002 23:59:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation will implement a special food security programme for Gabon starting early 2003, the organisation's Director General, Jacques Diouf, announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Embattled Zimbabwean white farmers turn to Zambia
    26 august 2002 18:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Some Zimbabwean white farmers ordered to quit their properties under President Robert Mugabe's controversial land reform, are now inquiring about vacant plots in Zambia, a farmers' Union official said in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • South African farmer evicted in Zimbabwe blames Mbeki
    26 august 2002 12:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African farmer Crawford van Abo, whose farm was seized in Zimbabwe by the government two weeks ago to resettle landless peasants under its controversial agrarian reforms, Monday attacked President Thabo Mbeki for not coming to his rescue. Full text...

  • Minister assures Zambians of adequate food
    24 august 2002 20:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Saturday dismissed suggestions that some of its citizens could die of hunger in the coming weeks after the government rejected genetically modified food aid. Full text...

  • Envoy defends Mugabe's land policy
    23 august 2002 17:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Zimbabwean High Commissioner to Botswana, Zenzo Nsimbi, has defended President Robert Mugabe's controversial land reform programme, blaming the British government for the crisis. Full text...

  • Govt lists more white-owned farms for seizure in Zimbabwe
    23 august 2002 10:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Zimbabwe, brushing aside renewed international concerns about its controversial land policies, Friday listed more than 50 white-owned commercial farms for compulsory seizure to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • Mauritius expects drop in sugar production this year
    22 august 2002 15:40:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Sugar production in Mauritius this year was likely to be lower than the estimated 570,000 tonnes, according to the latest assessment by the island's chamber of agriculture. Full text...

  • FAO director-general visits Congo-Brazzaville
    21 august 2002 23:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Food and Agriculture Organisation director-general Jacques Diouf arrived in Brazzaville Wednesday on a two-day working visit to Congo, an official source said. Full text...

  • Zambian leader to assess situation in famine struck areas
    21 august 2002 23:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa starts a weeklong tour of Southern Province Thursday to assess first hand the extent of famine in the region which he declared a disaster area two months ago. Full text...

  • Malawi gets agriculture grants from EU, Britain
    21 august 2002 20:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has granted Malawi 345 million Euro to strengthen the country's agriculture, natural resources and transport infrastructure, an official statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia gets maize offer from Kenya and Tanzania
    21 august 2002 10:31:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Kenya and Tanzania have offered Zambia undisclosed quantities of natural maize to replace the genetically modified (GM) grain from the US rejected by authorities in Lusaka last week. Full text...

  • US announces Water Project support for West Africa
    20 august 2002 20:22:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The US Tuesday announced 41-million-dollar water partnership projects in Ghana, Mali and Niger. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tells peasants to occupy white-owned farms
    20 august 2002 16:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government of Zimbabwe Tuesday told landless peasants to occupy plots it has allocated them on white- owned commercial farms and ignore the farmers' challenge of the acquisition of their properties. Full text...

  • Swazi farmers warned against planting donated yellow maize
    20 august 2002 10:51:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Agricultural authorities in Swaziland Tuesday warned farmers that planting yellow maize or the Genetically Modified (GM) food donated by the US to the thousands of starving Swazis could cause a serious ecological problem for the kingdom. Full text...

  • Senegalese agriculture in critical situation
    19 august 2002 16:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The agriculture industry in Senegal is in a serious crisis, according to officials in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Full text...

  • Botswana refuses Zimbabwean white farmers land applications
    19 august 2002 13:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Botswana has refused applications for land by 17 Zimbabwean white farmers, a local newspaper reported Monday, quoting a senior government official in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Nigeria sets up committee on rice production
    19 august 2002 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has set up a national committee to ensure that Nigeria attains self- sufficiency in rice production by 2005. Full text...

  • Hundreds of defiant white farmers appear in court in Zimbabwe
    19 august 2002 08:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nearly two hundred white farmers arrested over the weekend in Zimbabwe for defying a government order to vacate their farms to pave way for resettlement of landless peasants were due to appear in court Monday for initial remand. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean police detain 90 defiant white farmers
    17 august 2002 18:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police Saturday launched country-wide swoops on white farmers defying a government order to vacate their properties to pave way for the resettlement of landless peasants, and detained nearly ninety of them. Full text...

  • Kenyan embarks on elimination of dangerous crop pests
    17 august 2002 16:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan ministry of agriculture has embarked on an ambitious nationwide campaign to eliminate crop pests at the grassroots level, with officials saying the objective of the campaign is to ensure minimum post-harvest losses by farmers. Full text...

  • SADC chairman appeals for more food aid
    17 august 2002 13:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's President Bakili Muluzi has warned of a catastrophe if the world ignores the prevailing food and humanitarian crisis the region. Full text...

  • Mixed performance in agricultural season
    17 august 2002 13:15:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The situation is satisfactory in most of Burkina Faso's regions despite the delay in rains in the 2001-2002 agricultural season official sources said in Ouagadougou Friday. Full text...

  • 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...

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