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  • 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...

  • Nearly 13 million face starvation in Southern Africa
    07 june 2002 19:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have renewed their warning of a severe food crisis in southern Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritian PM to attend World Food Summit
    07 june 2002 11:09:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth leaves Mauritius Saturday for Rome to take part in the World Food Summit holding 10-13 June, official sources disclosed Friday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Aid Agencies Meet on Southern Africa Food Crisis
    05 june 2002 22:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A key meeting on the massive food crisis unfolding in southern Africa opens Thursday in Johannesburg with nearly 100 high-level officials from a wide representation of aid agencies taking part. Full text...

  • Report highlights problems facing farmers in Ethiopia
    05 june 2002 17:12:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- A recently completed study has exposed numerous problems confronting farmers in Ethiopia, including crippling debts and a dramatic fall in crop prices. Full text...

  • Experts brainstorm on rural development strategy
    05 june 2002 16:07:00
    Ibadan- Nigeria (PANA) -- A three-day workshop on "Rural development strategy for West and Central Africa", entered its second day of deliberations Wednesday on how to improve agriculture through the use of science and technology in order to reduce poverty in rural areas of the sub-regions. Full text...

  • Mali launches development fund for Sahel community
    03 june 2002 13:17:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian Head of State Alpha Oumar Konare has launched a foundation for the promotion of sustained development (FODEDUS) in member States of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Full text...

  • Urban farming could solve Africa's food insecurity (Feature)
    30 may 2002 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite being a world-wide phenomenon since urbanisation began, urban agriculture, if well utilised, could help in enhancing food security in African cities. Full text...

  • Zambian President Declares Famine Disaster
    30 may 2002 08:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has declared a national disaster, appealing for urgent international support to stave off a famine that threatens the survival of four million people in the country. Full text...

  • FAO wants food summit to focus on specific actions
    29 may 2002 19:58:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Ahead of the forthcoming meeting to assess progress since the 1996 World Food Summit, officials of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) are stressing the need for the forum to address specific time-bound actions geared at eradicating hunger. Full text...

  • Famine threatens 10 million in Southern Africa
    29 may 2002 17:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WWF) have warned that at least 10 million people in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland are threatened by famine. Full text...

  • Experts Discuss Food Security In African Cities
    28 may 2002 17:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Experts from African countries Tuesday continued a five-day workshop in Nairobi to discuss how to enhance food security in the continent's urban areas in the face of increasing poverty in many cities worldwide. Full text...

  • EU grants USD 1.7m to Zimbabwe coffee farmers
    28 may 2002 15:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Tuesday gave Zimbabwe about 1,170,000 million USD to finance re-planting of coffee on estates which were damaged by storm two years ago in the east of the country. Full text...

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