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  • 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...

  • 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...

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