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29 Sep 2009 description

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Experts from 13 West African countries and re presentatives of partners began a three-day meeting here Tuesday, ahead of a ministerial meeting on how to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response across border areas in the sub-region, the meeting's co-sponsor, World Health Organization African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (WHO/APOC), said in a statement obtained by PANA.

The experts' meeting is preparatory to that of Ministers on Friday, which is expected to come out with guidelines in response to incessant disease …

23 May 2008 description

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As African governments and tens of millions of poor African consumers faced a dangerous rice crisis in 2007, new rice varieties adapted to African conditions helped achieve a 6 percent increase in the continent's output, the African Rice Centre (WARDA) said in a statement made available to PANA here Thursday.

The Cotonou-based centre said - in a report released in advance of a key international conference in Japan on Africa's development - that though this represents a major advance, it was still far short of meeting demand.

The new rice varieties, …