ACDI/VOCA has launched Alliance Agriculture in Nigeria, a private-sector-led partnership to pilot an integrated network of input supply, buyers, and smallholder farmers around shared use irrigation schemes.
Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc. a leading Canadian Clean-Tech company, reports that it’s organic and patent-pending soil inoculant Soil Activator® has gained final registration for sale in Côte D’Ivoire.
AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor, has announced a $450,000 debt investment into a Ugandan milling business, Talian Company Limited.
African countries notably Kenya and Ethiopia continue to feature prominently in the global flower industry with the sector being on a meteoric rise flower industry has been on a meteoric rise, both in production and exports.
A growing number of smallholder farmers in Kenya and Uganda continue to boost household incomes, improve nutrition and ease pressure on forests, thanks to interactive radio programmes.
As part of efforts to boost private sector’s investment in agriculture, Dangote Group, GrowAfrica and Nigeria Agribusiness Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The nonprofit Heifer International is launching a five-year, $18 million program in partnership with Mastercard Foundation to help 25,000 young people start small businesses or find jobs in the agricultural industry in East Africa.
Transformation of cocoa production, rural economy, energy in focus as AfDB president Adesina visits Ghana
The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, is championing the transformation of the rural economies of African countries as the fastest way to lift millions of people out of poverty.
Springfield Agro Limited, in partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $19 billion Mahindra Group have announced its collaboration with Katsina State Government, and launched the FarmTo-Folk initiative.
The Government of Zimbabwe has secured USD242 million from the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO to support the agriculture sector.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a four-year Country Strategic Plan in Tanzania. It is fully-aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which aims to end poverty, reduce inequality, tackle climate change and ensure sustainable agriculture and food security.
Acting Nigerian President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has inaugurated a giant world-class fertilizer plant, built by Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited at a cost of $1.5 billion.
In the face of an increasingly uncertain climate, Farm Africa is piloting the use of microinsurance to help pastoralists in the Ethiopian lowlands protect their main asset: their livestock.
Africa-focused private investment firm Helios Investment Partners, the leading, has acquired Fertilizers and Inputs Holding B.V. which holds Louis Dreyfus Company’s Africa-based fertilizers and inputs operations.
In one of the most historic payouts in the history of Kenyan agriculture, tea farmers last year received Sh61.99 billion, about $597 million, in what was attributed to a favourable demand for the leaf at the international markets and good climate.
A new UNIDO project will help revive the Egyptian cotton industry which produces some of the highest quality fibre, known all over the world as Egypt’s ‘white gold’.
The World Bank has approved a $60 million International Development Association credit for Burkina Faso. Of the estimated 300,000 producers to benefit from the Livestock Sector Development Support Project, 30 percent are women and 20 percent are young people.
The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has been launched to support the industry’s growth by championing compliance with domestic and international quality standards and other market access requirements.
AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor has announced a $225,000 debt investment into a Tanzanian poultry business.
International Finance Corporation has invested three million Euros in Frutas & Legumes, a vertically integrated producer and exporter of cashew nuts and mangoes in Guinea-Bissau.
Labacorp Group has built a name and legacy in key economic sectors spanning real estate, agribusiness, manufacturing and construction among others. It oversees the activities of nine wholly owned-majority owned operating member companies
Several African fruit producers and exporters have come together to create "AFFRUIBANA", the First Pan-African Association in defence of their Interests with members drawn from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Africa Plantation Capital, one of the APC Group's associated companies, has now expanded its operations in Kenya with the acquisition of one more large piece of land for the creation of Phase 2 of its high value bamboo plantation operations.
Farming financing programs set to secure international demand for produce from small farmers in Rwanda and Tanzania
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) are launching smallholder farmer financing programs with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve food security among vulnerable people in Rwanda and Tanzania.
To strengthen resilience of communities from the loss of livestock assets, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has distributed 3600 goats to improve household nutrition and rebuild livelihood of vulnerable communities
Elgon Kenya becomes first agro input company in East and Central Africa to attain Superbrands status
Leading agro input company Elgon Kenya has been awarded the 2017-2018 Superbrands East Africa status becoming the first agro input company in the region,
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the African Union Commission have agreed to collaborate on an immediate response to manage and control the fast-spreading Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreak in Africa.
Dangote Group, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $3.8 billion in sugar and rice and $800 million in dairy production.
Case IH has entered the Nigerian market by unveiling tractors that will be sold and serviced by its exclusive distributor and after-sales service supplier, Dizengoff Nigeria.
Bayer and Fair Planet extend collaboration to improve access to high quality vegetable seeds in Ethiopia
Bayer has said it will continue its collaboration with the non-profit organization Fair Planet in the “Bridging the Seed Gap” project for another four years.
Today, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed the $6 million agreement to support the Government of Mozambique in its efforts to strengthen the sustainable management of its forest sector
Often regarded as one of the orphan crops as more farmers abandon it for more modern crops, the West African yam is making a big come back and conquering international markets thanks to the value addition efforts of Lateef Apau Wiredu, the owner and CEO of Ilaha Ghana Company Limited
More than 61,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from a financial agreement signed between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Zambia.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange recently launched a Soya Bean Crush futures contract which provides simultaneous exposure to soya beans as well as its processed by-products.
The Kenya horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country fights to consolidate its international markets.
Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change.
The Delivery Unit, under the Office of the Prime Minister of Guinea (DU), the Ministry of Agriculture and main actors in the sector have set a target of 100 tons of fresh pineapple exports targeting international markets , by the end of January 2018.
A new $19 million investment has been launched to support will support greater food security and improve nutrition throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.
The Government of Japan and the African Development Bank have signed a Letter of Intent to launch the Japan-Africa Energy Initiative (JAEI) to provide significant support to the New Deal on Energy for Africa.
Countries from the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa have come together to develop strategies to tackle illegal fishing and increase accountability in fisheries practices.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that it would formally flag off the export of yam to Europe on Thursday.
New Holland Agriculture, a brand of CNH Industrial has opened a new branch to distribute and support its products and services in South Africa and neighbouring markets.
AfDB President Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina wins World Food Prize for championing sustainable agriculture
The World Food Prize 2017 goes to Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group "for helping Africa get it right in agriculture and making it a key player of securing food for the world.”
Kaap Agri Limited has listed in the “Speciality Retailer” sector of the JSE’s Main Board. Kaap Agri is the 7th company to list on the JSE this year.
The Kenya horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country seeks to consolidate its international market, the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) Chairman Apollo Owuor told a gathering of exporters in Nairobi last week.
World Organization for Animal Health approves South Africa developed diagnostic test for African horse sickness
The World Organisation for Animal Health has approved a South African developed diagnostic test for African horse sickness (AHS), a potentially deadly horse disease.
The EAC Partner States have signed Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact as they champion agriculture as the engine of social and economic growth.
Safaricom has launched Connected Farmer, a mobile and web based service that will help agricultural processing businesses in production planning by opening a communication line with farmers.
Kenyan food is set to be safer than ever after the European Union made available state-of-the art equipment that will enable national food control authorities to test the quality and safety of a wide range of food products.
Agro input company Elgon Kenya has unveiled a first of its kind information center, meant to address smallholder farmers concerns and questions in their food production pursuit.
Uganda and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding three proposed investment projects ranging from trade, agriculture and transport.
Intraregional seed trade is set for a boost following the introduction of seed labels and certificates to be utilized by seed companies for large consignment crossing the borders.
Elanco Animal Health has received a $2.86 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide sustainable development solutions to address food insecurity in East African countries.
The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, was honored with the 2017 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, 13 June 2017.
The African Export-Import Bank will explore ways to support the development of the cotton value chain across the West Africa region.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture expands research investment with 205.5 hectare research farm in Nigeria
As the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) marks its 50th anniversary, the Institute today inaugurated a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria.
Leading agro input dealer Elgon Kenya has entered into a strategic partnership with respected IPM category products producer Dudutech that will see Elgon distributes Dudutech’s globally recognized products, an arrangement billed as a game changer to the horticulture industry in the country.
Angola to Explore Business Opportunities in Agriculture, Dairy, Meat, Oil and Gas and Mining - Report
Angola is one of the fastest growing and most promising economies in Africa. Angola's high GDP growth is driven by high international oil prices.
Coffee farmers aligned to the Nestlé’s Nescafé Plan program in Kenya have received one of the best payouts in 5years as a result of a sharp rise in the production of premium grade coffee.
Elgon Leading agro input company Elgon Kenya has partnered with global plant health and seed company UPL to unveil a unique soil enhancer that absorbs and releases moisture and nutrients only when plants need them.
Heritage Bank has thrown its weight behind Globus Resources, a subsidiary of theTriton Group, to flag off the second phase of afforestation program in Oyo state.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs from DR Congo following outbreaks of high pathogenic H5 avian influenza
The Dangote Group shone at the just concluded 2017 Gateway Trade fair which was held in Abeokuta, emerging as the second most patronised exhibitor.
The Embassy of Spain in Nigeria on Thursday announced that Nigeria’s current efforts at developing her agricultural sector had started attracting the interest of more Spanish companies.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont have announced that the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), exceeded its goal by 150 percent to boost maize productivity
Worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, AGCO has announced it intends to develop its Challenger farm machinery business in Africa.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided a roadmap to the growth of agriculture in African countries with a plan to inject nearly US $2.4 billion every year for 10 years to build roads, irrigation infrastructure and storage facilities within Africa to attract high-value investors.
[Nigeria] OGUNCCIMA lauds Dangote Group’s collaboration as Group’s subsidiaries offer products at subsidised prices
The Ogun State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA) has commended the Pan African Conglomerate, Dangote Group for its giant strides in economic development of the country through massive investments in several sectors of the economy describing the feat as worthy of emulation by other Nigerians.
Whether you are already using drones or are looking to use drones, make certain you know about the updated KCAA regulations, as well as the different applications for drones that can help your company reduce costs, save time, and possibly even save lives.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Kingdom of Swaziland have signed a five-year $19 million Country Programming Framework (CPF).
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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will provide financial support to assist Guinea in the implementation of its national development plan and related investment programme, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of the Bank, has said in Conakry.
High tech brand company involved in sale of tractors and harvesting machines Fendt has introduced to the South African market four tractors as it seeks to establish a toe hold in the African market.
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation signs $450 million export financing agreement with Burkina Faso
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation has signed a three -year’s $ 450 million socioeconomic development framework agreement with the Government of Burkina Faso.
International Finance Corporation has announced a $10 million loan to Fertiplant East Africa Ltd to enable the company to set up a fertilizer plant in Kenya. The plant will supply locally produced fertilizer at affordable prices, helping farmers improve crop yields and their incomes.
On average Kenya imported around 500,000 metric tons of fertilizer each year to sate growing demand by farmers both large and small scale, emerging as the second largest fertilizer market in Africa after South Africa in overall tonnage.
SAP has announced the launch of its SAP Rural Sourcing Management solution connecting smallholder farmers and suppliers in rural areas with the supply chain of global agribusinesses and consumer products companies.
Kenya has set its eyes on Benin in its latest quest to expand the export market for its products, including coffee, tea and fresh produce.
Over 5,000 flower growers, breeders and buyers are set to congregate in Nairobi next month for the annual International Flower Trade Expo, now in its sixth year.
AFRI-RES, a unique facility to support climate proofing of Africa’s long-lived infrastructure investments, was given significant impetus with the formal approval of funding of 5 million Euros by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) for its programme activities.
Africa Reinsurance Corporation and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group have partnered to support a technical workshop on risk modelling and strategic decision-making for index insurance products.
Members of the World Trade Organization have picked the Kenyan ambassador to the organization Mr. Stephen Karau, to chair negotiations on agricultural trade issues at the Geneva-based organisation, breaking months of deadlock over who should take on the role.
Syngenta in Zambia, through its subsidiary MRI Seed, has partnered with the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) programme implemented by Fintrac Inc., to help smallholder farmers gain access to high-quality, disease-free horticultural seedlings, giving them the opportunity to become commercially viable vegetable farmers.
Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce African countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO.
[Angola] AfDB country support strategy focuses on Agricultural Transformation, Infrastructure Development in the next five years
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved the Bank’s Angola Country Strategy Paper (CSP) to guide its interventions in the country in the next five years, focusing on Inclusive growth through agricultural transformation and supporting sustainable infrastructure development.
The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) has announced an investment of $7.4 million in Verde Beef Processing PLC, an Ethiopian beef producer.
Kenya's leading grower and exporter of cut flowers, Oserian Development Company, has signed its workers to a mobile health insurance scheme becoming the first flower firm globally and large employer in the agricultural sector in Kenya to embrace e-health.
Cros Agro Allied Ltd, a Nigerian agribusiness company, has announced a commitment to invest $65 million in the country’s potato sector.
Agronomists are advocating for conservation agriculture (CA) and growing of crop varieties to improve crop yields.
Zimbabwe is hoping to enlist cows, goats and sheep in an attempt to revive its credit-starved economy after President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party proposed a law to make livestock eligible for backing bank loans.
The World Food Programme (WFP), together with the Government of Zimbabwe, launched a five-year plan today to build resilience, end hunger and boost nutrition in country.
Over 25,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana have been registered with a high tech purchasing model championed by agricultural multinational Cargill that allows them to sell directly to the company therefore reaping higher market value for their produce.
More than 300 Kenyan farmers have received GlobalG.A.P. certification - opening the door to the European market - with support from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
A five-year, $13 million collaboration between Michigan State University and The MasterCard Foundation will help 15,000 young people access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the fast-growing horticulture, aquaculture, poultry, cassava and oilseed sectors in Tanzania and Nigeria.
Kenya and Seychelles have agreed to collaborate in areas of fisheries, livestock, marine security and aviation among others following Seychelles President Danny Faure visit to Kenya.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Why Africa should pay more attention to recommendations of just concluded Post harvest conference
Kenya recently hosted the continent to a first of its kind meet, to deliberate the biting concern of food lost after harvest, a gathering that came with life changing recommendations capable of taming a situation blamed for over 40 per cent of all food lost in Africa.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed a $16.5 million investment with Standard Chartered Bank Cameroon.
Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity.
The USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), a US Government funded food security project which seeks to rebuild Ghana’s marine fish stock has signed a partnership agreement with the Fisheries Commission and Mobile Network Operator, Tigo.
Omo Kuraz-II, one of the four sugar factories being built under Omo Kuraz sugar development projects, has begun trial production this month.