New 'miracle' rice holds promise of higher yields, incomes in Africa: UN agency

A new variety of rice developed in Africa can yield up to 50 per cent larger crops without fertilizer, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which supported the research that led to the breakthrough.

Annan encourages leaders of Rwanda, Uganda to continue pullout from DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged the Presidents of Uganda and Rwanda to continue the ongoing withdrawal of their respective troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and assured them of the United Nations' commitment to rapidly deploy military observers.

In Nairobi, Secretary-General discusses regional issues with Kenya's President

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi in Nairobi today to discuss a wide range of regional issues, including conflicts in various parts of Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the continent.

World Food Programme launches emergency relief effort for flood-hit Malawi

Responding to Malawi's worst floods in over a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a three-month emergency operation aimed at feeding 208,500 people affected by the disaster.

Somalia: Annan says UN has access to detained staff as talks continue on release

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the United Nations remains in contact with two of its staff members who have been detained in Somalia since last week, as talks continue to secure their release.

Three injured as rebels in Burundi ambush UN food convoy

A group of rebels has attacked a United Nations food convoy in Burundi, leaving one person in critical condition and two others injured, a UN spokesman announced today.

Former Ghanaian President in Botswana to promote UN Year of Volunteers

Beginning his first mission as Eminent Person for the United Nations International Year of Volunteers, former President Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana has arrived in Botswana to draw attention to the work of volunteers in the fight against HIV/AIDS.