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  • 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...

  • Zambia bans maize bran export
    28 may 2002 14:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Faced with a critical shortage of grains, Zambia has banned the export of maize bran needed for feeding livestock in the country. Full text...

  • Outbreak of Banana Wilt disease threatens production in Uganda
    27 may 2002 20:31:00
    Mukono- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda, experts warn, faces a dip in food production this season following the outbreak of a new and devastating Banana bacterial wilt disease in the land-locked East African country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bans slaughter of female cattle
    27 may 2002 19:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Monday banned the slaughter of female cattle to check declines in the national herd, which the authorities blame on wanton de-stocking by white commercial farmers in retaliation against the seizure of their farms for resettlement. Full text...

  • Taiwanese agric team leaves Casamance over insecurity
    26 may 2002 19:59:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- An agricultural co-operation mission from the Republic of China (Taiwan), has relocated from Senegal's southern Casamance region because of insecurity, to Sangalkam, some 30 km north of the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Ugandan Minister Blames Famine on Experimental Farming
    24 may 2002 19:56:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Several countries in eastern and southern Africa are often faced with a grim food situation because their agriculture is still in a trial and error process, according to Uganda's Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Christine Amongin Aporu. Full text...

  • IITA plans workshop on rural development
    24 may 2002 16:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) plans a workshop in June on the strategy for the implementation of a new World Bank initiative to assist the rural poor in West and Central Africa, the Institute said Friday. Full text...

  • IFAD Chief Underlines Market Access for Poor Countries
    23 may 2002 22:44:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- For trade to be an important means of reducing poverty in developing countries, markets must be accessible to all, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Lennart Bage said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana to import more grain this year
    23 may 2002 17:06:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana considers increasing its grain imports quota due to a prolonged drought that caused poor crop yields in the past few years. Full text...

  • Kenya's Pyrethrum farmers want diversification of market
    23 may 2002 09:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Pyrethrum farmers in Kenya are pushing for the state-owned Pyrethrum Board of Kenya (PBK) to broaden its market base instead of over-relying on America as sole consumer of its products. Full text...

  • UN Warns of Food Shortage Disaster in Zimbabwe
    22 may 2002 19:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two United Nations agencies Wednesday warned of a possible humanitarian disaster in Zimbabwe if the country does not urgently import enough food for millions of drought-stricken people. Full text...

  • IFAD worried by rural poverty in East, Southern Africa
    22 may 2002 08:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Ministers responsible for agriculture, finance and economic planning from East and Southern Africa, begin a two-day conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Thursday to adapt a strategy for the mitigation of rural poverty in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Drought, HIV/AIDS Threaten Food Security in Southern Africa
    21 may 2002 23:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Drought, floods, economic instability and HIV/AIDS are threatening the food security of millions of people spread across six countries in southern Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya starts livestock vaccination campaign
    21 may 2002 21:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's veterinary department has embarked on an ambitious programme to screen and treat all the country's livestock against contagious trans-border diseases like Bovine Pleuro-Pneumonia. Full text...

  • SADC discusses severe regional food crisis
    21 may 2002 18:01:00
    Ezulwini- Swaziland (PANA) -- As hunger pangs bite deeper into the entire Southern African region, delegates from the 14-member SADC countries were meeting in Swaziland to decide how to access food aid for millions of people facing starvation in the region. Full text...

  • Low tobacco prices still troubling Zimbabwe farmers
    21 may 2002 12:06:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's tobacco farmers are still withholding their crop from the auction floors due to low prices in spite of a promised subsidy from the government last week, officials of marketing houses said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan farmers consolidate their debts
    21 may 2002 08:28:00
    Rabat- Moroccan (PANA) -- Some 90,735 over-indebted farmers out of 115,000 farmers with loans from the state-owned National Agricultural Credit Fund (CNCA) have benefited from an exercise aimed at consolidating their debts, CNCA sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Swaziland records worst ever crop yields
    20 may 2002 21:43:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland experienced the worst yields in crops, particularly maize, this season thus causing the acute shortage of food supplies in the kingdom. Full text...

  • Hunger forces Swazis to eat wild nuts and berries
    20 may 2002 20:58:00
    Hlane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Peasants in eastern Swaziland have resorted to wild nuts and berries to supplement an ever-shrinking diet with the onset of winter. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to earn more from flower exports
    19 may 2002 18:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's flower growers said Sunday they expected to increase export earnings to 86 million US dollars this year from last year's 54 million dollars due to expanded production. Full text...

  • Ethiopia to get 15 million-US-dollar FAO support
    02 may 2002 18:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has earmarked some 15 million dollars to boost food security in Ethiopia this year. Full text...

  • Mugabe declares drought national disaster
    30 april 2002 11:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Tuesday declared the prevailing drought in the country a national disaster, to enable the government to mobilise local and international assistance. Full text...

  • Regenerative agriculture takes root in rural Senegal (Feature)
    27 april 2002 16:39:00
    Thies- Senegal (PANA) -- A women's economic grouping in Senegal's village of Taiba Ndao has introduced Irish potatoes as a new cash crop thanks to the adoption of regenerative agriculture. Full text...

  • EU pledges 1 million euros against organic pest in Ethiopia
    27 april 2002 12:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Union has pledged nearly one million euros (about US 897,400) to fund an innovative organic pest controlled-farming project in Ethiopia, the European Commission in Addis Ababa said Saturday. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa hosts regional land management conference
    25 april 2002 23:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A three-day regional conference opened Thursday in Addis Ababa to discuss means to achieve sustainable land management and poverty reduction in the East African highlands. Full text...

  • Zambian president tours Zimbabwe's maize project
    25 april 2002 21:25:00
    Chiredzi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa said Thursday his country would emulate Zimbabwe's experimental winter maize growing project to beat a raging drought in his country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe steps up maize imports
    24 april 2002 10:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has stepped up imports of its staple, white maize from Africa, Asia and Latin America to avert mass hunger in the country, according to agriculture officials. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa reiterates need to prioritise agriculture
    22 april 2002 15:44:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Recognising the vulnerability of the Zambian economy due to its dependence on copper mining, President Levy Mwanawasa has re-emphasised that his government was pursuing deliberate measures to make agriculture the lead sector. Full text...

  • Farmers' training vital for Africa's food self-sufficiency
    19 april 2002 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amid serious problems in the marketing of Senegalese peanuts, Dr Michel W Bassey, The Rodale Institute's West Africa regional director, believes it is opportune to start looking for alternative cash crops to maintain farmers' income levels. Full text...

  • Nigeria to import 130 tonnes of fertiliser
    19 april 2002 16:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government says it will import 130 metric tonnes of fertiliser this year for sale to farmers at a reduced price to boost food production in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius announces plan to develop horticulture
    19 april 2002 13:36:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has embarked on the wholesale development of horticulture and its food-processing industry, an official at the ministry of agriculture said. Full text...

  • SOFITEX-Burkina to produce 500,000 tonnes of cotton
    18 april 2002 20:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe textiles company SOFITEX has urged growers to produce 500,000 tonnes of cotton for the 2002-2003 season (up 100,000 tonnes), in spite of price falls at the world market. Full text...

  • Moroccan farmers anticipate good season following rains
    18 april 2002 20:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Heavy rains across Morocco have raised prospects for this year's farming, according to press accounts that cited sources at the Agriculture ministry, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi's maize yield drops by 300,000 tonnes
    18 april 2002 20:16:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A combination of factors will make yields of Malawi's staple food, maize, to drop by 300,000 metric tonnes in the current harvest season, thereby extending the spectre of the hunger crisis that has hit seven million Malawians. Full text...

  • UNDP, FAO support agricultural producers
    17 april 2002 15:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme currently finances a large agricultural project in DR Congo initiated by the government to boost plant, animal and fish production in the country. Full text...

  • NEPAD needs investment to modernise African agriculture
    17 april 2002 13:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Participants at the agriculture workshop during the just-ended NEPAD conference on private sector financing have emphasised the importance of modernising African agriculture in general through adequate investment. Full text...

  • Fake pesticides feared to affect Kenyan harvest
    16 april 2002 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fears are rising among Kenyan farmers that they could lose the entire maize crop following reports that they had been using fake pesticides. Full text...

  • New EU quality rules for Cote d'Ivoire's pineapple
    16 april 2002 10:47:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian pineapple growers have been asked to comply with new European Union export requirements by September 2002, sources close to the Collective of Ivorian Pineapple Growers (COPLACI) said in Abidjan. Full text...

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