The Sustainable Smallholder Development Conference in London on 14-15 March will provide top practical advice for business on how to empower farmers and deliver solutions at scale.
Burkina Faso's Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources has ranked development of the soybean sector as one of its national priorities.
Mastercard today launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa.
Heritage Bank Plc has disclosed plans to partner in the ongoing efforts to revolutionise the country’s agricultural value-chain, particularly the rice farming.
Eastern Africa Grain Council, EAGC, has unveiled an online platform that will allow Rwanda grain and cereal farmers easy access to regional market information.
The Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program (VPP) will host a one-day regional convening to launch priority advocacy initiatives supporting the African Union Member States’ commitment to achieve a target of 30 percent women’s joint or individual ownership of land in Africa by 2025.
A modern slaughterhouse built in Jigjiga town, Ethiopian Somali regional state, has begun exporting meat to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
With about one third of the food produced on the continent lost along the value chain, East African agricultural sector stakeholders want to harness technological innovations in order to reduce post-harvest losses.
Africa Business Communities interviews the Simon Andys, the CEO and founder of Premier Seed a Kenyan company that works with farmers in finding them ready export market for their produce especially in new and high value crops like herbs and vegetables.
Chairman of the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) Executive Leadership Group (ELG) Sani Dangote, has been elected President of the group.
The African Development Bank has been pivotal in unleashing the potential of African farms and agribusiness with investment in funding, skills and infrastructure, a new report card shows.
[Column] Virusha Subban: Comparisons between sugar tax policy in South Africa and the United Kingdom
SA legislators may look to provisions in the UK draft bill for guidance on how to structure some of the aspects of the SA tax, but the UK tax differs from the current SA proposals in several significant ways.
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved two International Development Association (IDA)* credits for Zambia.
CBZ Holdings has set aside $70 million for the 2016/17 summer cropping season targeted at small-scale and large-scale farmers in a bid to transform the agriculture sector through the provision of accessible loans.
Angola is counting on the construction of 44 logistical platforms to boost agriculture and provide facilities to the manufacturing industries.
Three Namibian right holders have acquired a 15 percent stake worth $5.4 million in the fishing company Seawork Fish Processors that is based at Walvis Bay. Seawork prior to the agreement was fully owned by North Quay Properties.
Cameroon has overtaken Côte d’Ivoire to become the largest producer of bananas in Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) zone, with a record production of 278,450 tonnes in 2015, the Head of the European Union delegation in Cameroon, Françoise Collet has said.
State owned Development Bank of Ethiopia has reworked its lending policy to cater to foreign horticulture investors as the country looks to entice international investors to invest more into the fledgling industry.
[Namibia] Devil's Claw improving livelihoods for San communities in Nyae Nyae and N#a Jaqna conservancies
Against the backdrop of the severe drought which has had a harsh impact on many rural communities’ livelihood options, rural communities all over Namibia face the challenge of generating much needed cash income in an ever changing world where cash is needed for virtually everything.
After the great success of the second edition of agrofood & plastplack Nigeria 2016 the German trade fair specialists fairtrade announce its 3rd edition for 2017 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos.
New technologies for the efficient harvest of olives and olive oil have made it possible for Moroccan youth to continue the work of family farms without compromising their economic prospects, according to a new report by Reuters.
Ethiopia is set to begin commercialization of biotechnologically developed cotton following the adoption of a law that granted experimentation rights both in labs and fields and the conduct of confined field trials of the BT cotton.
Namibia food producer Namib Mills has diversified into new products and set eyes on expansion to the rest of South African countries as demand for its products soars.
Embattled Ugandan farmers fighting threats and land grabbing by Bidco have praised a draft report by U.N. investigators that calls into question the company’s business practices.
Morocco has signed an agreement with Ethiopia to build a giant fertilizer unit aimed at making Addis Ababa self-reliant in fertilizer by 2025.
[Zimbabwe] Nhimbe Fresh Exports secures $2.5 million credit to boost production of specialist fruits and vegetables
Zimbabwe’s horticultural company Nhimbe Fresh Exports has secured a $2,5 million loan facility from the Europe-based United Exports, which is aimed at boosting the production of blueberry, raspberry, stone fruit and some vegetables.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Board of Directors has approved a US $17 million (about MK 12.2 billion) Food Crisis Response Budget Support Programme grant for Malawi.
Ethiopian government is set to cede 75 per cent shareholding of Beles Sugar Project located in Amhara region, to Turkish company Bedisa Group for $ one billion.
[Angola] UniAngola unveils $3.7 million fishing boat as country trains its eyes on sector for growth
Fishing company UniAngola has invested $3.7 million in the purchase of a boat which is expected to increase stocks and jobs at a time when Angola is looking to diversify its economic activities to grow its revenue.
The Dangote Group has expanded its investments into agriculture and mining, Mansur Ahmed, Executive Director, Corporate Communications of the group, said in Kano.
Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Friday, November 4, 2016 approved a US $1-million emergency assistance grant to support the fight against malnutrition in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.
[Kenya] BASF launches farming, the biggest job on earth campaign to address growing demand for food on dwindling land
The world’s leading chemical company BASF has developed a new campaign aimed at celebrating farmers across the globe and supporting agriculture to enable increasing production of enough food for the burgeoning world population estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050.
The African Development Bank launched “Fashionomics”, a platform to develop the African fashion industry for jobs creation, at Lagos Fashion and Design Week, which opened Friday, October 28, 2016.
A new fish processing plant launched unveiled by Solmar Company has been commended as key in boosting the industrial park of Angola’s fish industry while stemming loss of fish stock.
Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 approved a US $600-million loan, being the first tranche of a US $1-billion budget support loan to help finance Nigeria’s Economic Governance.
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, has announced a realignment of its regional structure which will see an increase in its on-the-ground presence in Africa,
Zimbabwe’s largest fertilizer and chemicals manufacturing company, Chemplex Corporation Limited, has invested $27,5 million in its subsidiaries and associate companies ahead of the 2016/2017 summer cropping season.
Real Estate Company Optiven Limited has said it intends to diversify into food production through greenhouse farming as it seeks to bridge the food shortage in the country.
The African Development Bank’s agenda for transforming Africa’s agriculture was lauded at the 5th KOAFEC Ministerial Conference held in Seoul, South Korea’s capital.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Rethink Africa fertilizer distribution models to address cost and accessibility constraints
The recent declaration by fertilizer producer YARA fertilizer in Tanzania that it would reduce the cost of fertilizer by up to 40 per cent following the construction of a fertilizer rail transport system is indeed music to millions of farmers in that country.
The completion and launch of the fertilizer rail transport in Tanzania has started paying off with fertilizer producing company YARA Tazania Limited announcing a 40 per cent reduction in fertilizer transportation cost.
The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) Rwanda, the body that represents players in the grain value chain is rooting for more training and sensitization on rules of origin policies between regional blocs to ensure local traders understand them to benefit from the proposed Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
The Association of Fast Food and Confectioners of Nigerian (AFFCON), an umbrella body of Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) has revealed that the Nigerian food industry is estimated to be worth over a trillion Naira, with the Fast Food segment gulping over N250 billion.
The African Development Bank Group and the Ivorian Government launched a major project aimed at diversifying the country’s economy on October 18 in Abidjan.
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is having a positive impact in countries that have implemented its recommendations, according to the Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) released today.
Estrela da Floresta, a company aimed at developing Angola's forest ecosystem, has announced commencement of its operations with the official opening of an office in Huambo and additional plans to open a second subsidiary office in Lobito
Global wellness company Nestle, through its Cameroon subsidiary is planning to launch the extension works of its production plant in Douala, in the economic capital of the country. The investment, worth a total of $16 million will make available to the food industry the benefits provided by the 2013 law on promoting private investment in the Republic of Cameroon.
[Rwanda] Government sets eyes on increased private investment in agribusiness with new land information system
A land information system has been launched to increase smallholder farmers’ income by promoting private sector investment.
An aircraft carrying livestock from the Republic of Ireland that will be distributed as donation to Rwandans arrived in Kigali on Tuesday.
Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation Announce Five-Year Project to Expand Financial Access Among African Smallholder Farmers and Rural Populations
Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation today entered into a five-year, $7.9 million partnership to test and scale financial services and loan products tailored to the unique needs of smallholder farmers and rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania is set to boost its sugar production capacity with two sugar factory estimated at about $50 million.
Atlantis Microfinance has launched an electronic system that seeks to harmonize agri business operations across the value chain while seeking to promote financial inclusion.
Four institutions drawn from telecommunication, seed, insurance and risk assessment have come together to unveil the first mobile crop insurance in Tanzania, at a time when changes in weather has taken a toll on farmers yields and income.
As part of its commitment to diversify the economy using agricultural and energy sectors as drivers to industrialisation, the federal government plans to enter into partnership with the Republic of Ireland to improve the skills of Nigerians in science, research and innovation.
Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, completed a three-day official visit to Nigeria on Wednesday, reaffirming the Bank's strong partnership with one of his biggest shareholders and clients, as the country struggles with the impact of an economic recession.
Agriculture exporting company Sama Grain company is set to open a juice concentrate factory and a line of packaging citrus fruits with its eyes trained on the East Asia and Russia.
Over 30 pastoralists in Mau Narok area of Kenya are accessing structured markets for their livestock while taming human wildlife conflict in the fragile Mara ecosystem, in a classic model that has also transformed them into commercial livestock producers.
Rwanda’s farmer owned coffee marketing company Rwanda Small Holder Specialty Coffee Company (RWASHOSCCO) has launched an online coffee auction as it trains eyes on growing demand for its produce from key markets in Europe.
Fruits and vegetables producing and exporting company Itamco for Agriculture Development, Ghabour Farms, has announced plans to increase exports to African, Eastern Europe and South East Asia markets in coming months as markets express more appetite for its produce.
Poverty reduction among households in agriculture accounts for 79 percent of national poverty reduction from 2006 to 2013.
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In a move meant to increase the visibility of Ugandan coffee to key markets The National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) is rolling out key campaigns to market the commodity in the United States.
Phase II of an African Development Bank-funded water program in Tunisia will improve water services for about 400,000 rural Tunisians. Approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors on September 6, 2016, this program is designed to provide clean drinking water mostly to needy rural communities in about 20 prefectures.
The total value of live animal trade in Nigeria between the northern and southern parts of the country has been estimated to be between N850-N950 billion yearly.
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has announced that he will invest more than $170 million in the production of rice and sugarcane in Nasarawa state, north-central Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has requested for increased participation of the Japanese government and the private sector in the Nigerian economy.
Investing in infrastructure and human resource development are crucial for Africa to realise Agenda 2063, a high-level panel during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) heard Saturday in Nairobi.
Tanzania beer maker Tanzania Breweries Limited has announced plans to support farmers increase production of local raw materials for beer, wine and spirit making through an $11 million investment.
AGRIBANK says it will now engage the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa for fresh lines of credit following the lifting of sanctions in February by US Office of Foreign Assets Control.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, with the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali will formally inaugurate the Country Gateway Office (CGO) of IsDB in Abuja today.
The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Usaid Feed the Future have launched a campaign to encourage local consumption of coffee among Ugandans with a target of 20 percent in five years up from the current three percent.
Nigeria imported $227 million worth of sugar in the first seven months of this year, a report by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has assured that the agricultural and manufacturing sectors will enjoy single digit interest rates as the apex bank intends to accelerate lending of a reserved special intervention fund earmarked for the sectors.
A Korean company is investing $5.1 million in Rwanda’s silk production in a partnership with the country’s National Agriculture Export Board that is meant to boost the sericulture industry
The African Development Bank has approved a USD 9 million equity investment (approximately 12% of the fund’s capitalisation) in the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) to provide expansion capital to agricultural SMEs.
A Mauritius investor has received the nod from the government of Rwanda to construct a sugar processing factory with a capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes of sugar yearly
The 2016 African Economic Outlook (AEO) was launched by the Nigeria Country Office of the African Development Bank at an outreach event held at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.
Tanzania is counting on the Tanzania Commodity Exchange to boost farmers’ earnings and facilitate market exchange at a time when price fluctuations have taken a toll on farmers’ proceeds
Findings have revealed that indirect devaluation of the naira had impacted negatively on the major raw materials for producing animal feed, especially the maize and soybean.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo today in Mahe, Seychelles, said that African countries could achieve industrialisation by focusing their efforts on locally available commodities and by developing local entrepreneurs and industrialists.
The Africa Export-Import Bank, AfreximBank, has earmarked about $1 billion for the development of agriculture and industrial processing parks.
The MasterCard Foundation has set aside $20million to assist youth in Northern Uganda overcome poverty and gain meaningful employment through agribusiness.
Over 5, 000 registered rice farmers in Kogi State are to benefit from the Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) anchor borrower programme.
The World Bank has approved the disbursement of N1.55 billion to Bauchi FADAMA III Project for execution of two agriculture programmes during the 2016 cropping season.
Kenya is sitting at the edge of a precipice while dancing with an avoidable time bomb. Data released by various institutions indicate that each year over 800,000 youths are ripe and qualified to join the job market
Over 10,000 Rwanda tea farmers will now be able to access their earnings on phone without delays thanks to a digital payment solution launched by Tigo Rwanda, the first of its kind in Rwanda.
Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said on Monday that Nigeria and South Africa are planning to sign an agreement on a post bank and agriculture.
The Kano State Government on Thursday in Kano formally launched the state/CBN Anchor Borrowers Scheme in its efforts to diversify agricultural production for food security, job creation and economic diversification.
A burgeoning European appetite for basil, a versatile aromatic herb in the mint family, has opened a window of opportunity for farmers in Nakuru County in Kenya who are now earning up to $2000 a month in exports.
The President of National Cashew Association of Nigeria, NCAN, Tola Faseru, has said cashew export generated $253 million (about N50.4billion) in foreign exchange for the country in 2015.
About 1,000 farmers in northern Nigeria will be trained on good agricultural practices and entrepreneurial skills thanks to a new partnership between Nestlé Nigeria and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
The Lagos State Chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has announced that the 1st Lagos Agricultural International show and exhibition is organised to align with the federal government's focus on the sector.
Nigeria has become the largest producer of cassava in the world with an annual output of 45 million metric tons. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh, has said.
There’s a peculiar predicament within the Kenyan poultry sector. The most popular bird is the traditional Kienjeji chicken. However, only the less admired broiler chicken can meet the demand of the emerging supermarkets and restaurants.
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), and The MasterCard Foundation today announced a US$10.35 million (approximately 220 million Ethiopian birr) commitment towards creating employment opportunities for young people through beekeeping and silkworm farming.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.
At least 343 tons of mabuba coffee from last year's harvest are awaiting buyers in the municipality of Quiculungo, northern Cuanza Norte province.
Memorandum of Understanding was yesterday signed in Kano between Dangote farms, Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and Kano State Water Users Association on tomato production for the consumption of Dansa Tomato Company.
The provincial director of Fisheries in Benguela, José Gomes da Silva, admitted that the increase of raw salt production levels in Baía Farta municipality, currently ranging between thirty and forty thousand tons per year to 170,000 tons by the year 2017, depends on large investments.
Social entrepreneur, corporate strategist, and former investment banker Nicole Reynolds has joined the TWG team as our new Managing Director to support our growing client base to expand investment and economic development opportunities in Africa.