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  • Morocco prays for rain as shortage threatens agriculture

    MOROCCO, 2017/11/27 The king of Morocco called for all mosques in the country to pray for rain on Friday, amid a shortage threatening the country’s agriculture. King Mohammed VI had issued a royal decree asking Moroccans to “to implore the Almighty to spread his benevolent rains on the earth”. The lack of rainfall is hindering the country’s seasonal cereal production. Before this month 15 people were killed in stampede for food aid, as costs have risen amid shortages.
  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’ – AfDB president Adesina

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • Africa: How to Adapt to Beat Crippling Droughts

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Right presently, 14 million people across southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years. South Africa will import half of its maize and in Zimbabwe as a lot of as 75 % of crops have been abandoned in the worst-hit areas. With extreme weather, such as failed rains, and drought projected to become additional likely as a result of climate change, some farmers are by presently taking matters into their own hands, and pro-actively diversifying the crops they grow.
  • Africa And Middle East Famines: How China Can Do More

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 The unprecedented outbreak of famine early this year in Africa and the Middle East can be traced to conflict as the root cause. Can China step in to help mitigate the calamity through its Belt and Road initiative? Famine broke out in South Sudan in March 2017. At around the same time, the United Nations announced that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were as well on the verge of being hit by long draught, putting around 20 million at risk of starvation. The UN described this as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and appealed to the international community to donate US$4.4 billion — with little success.
  • Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreement Respects International Law: Spanish Fishing Confederation

    CASABLANCA, 2017/05/28 The fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union (EU) “scrupulously respects international law,” said secretary general of the Spanish Fishing Confederation (CEPESCA), Javier Garat. The agreement, which includes specific provisions benefiting the local population, is legal and in full compliance with international law, he said during a TV program broadcast Saturday by Spain’s second state-owned television channel “La 2″.
  • Africa: Factbox-World's Major Famines of the Last 100 Years

    BOTSWANA, 2017/03/12 People are currently starving to death in four nations, and 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday nearly 1.4 million children were at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine was formally declared on Monday in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. People are by presently starving to death in all four nations, and the World Food Programme says additional than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months. The United Nations defines famine as at the same time as at least 20 % of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 %, and two or additional people per 10,000 are dying per day.
  • Moroccan olives banned in US due to insecticide

    UNITED STATES, 2015/08/05 The US Food and Drug Government (FDA) has banned the import of Moroccan black and green olives into the United States next excessive amounts of insecticide were detected. The ''presence of too much insecticide chlorpyrifos'' in the Moroccan olives exported by Crespo, a French producer, was the stated reason, reported the political and economic website Maghreb Confidential. The decision was to be expected next the World Health Organization (WHO) - through its international cancer research center - had in recent months drawn up a inventory of cancer-causing pesticides and herbicides used in agriculture.
  • Brussels, Rabat resolve problem of access to European market

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2014/06/26 The European Union (EU) and Morocco have reached an agreement on access to the European market of tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables from Morocco. The disagreement, which has caused a delay in the coming into force of the new fishing agreement concluded between Morocco and the European Union, has therefore ended. A statement from the European Commission issued to the press on Monday in Brussels says that the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Colos, and the Moroccan minister of Agriculture, Aziz Akhennouch, have finally agreed on the reform of the customs regulations of products out-of EU, aimed at making the system additional transparent and reducing the possibilities to avoid taxes for exporters.