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AfDB agribusiness funding lays strong foundation for transforming African agriculture
23-05-2017 | 10:10:47
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.
IFC invests in Fertiplant to boost agriculture in East Africa
15-05-2017 | 10:14:00
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.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Pause and reflect on role of inputs in breaking hunger cycle
12-05-2017 | 08:48:46
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 launches rural sourcing management solution to support East African farmers
11-05-2017 | 09:49:38
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 seeks to grow exports to Benin
10-05-2017 | 13:45:49
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.
China continues agribusiness investment in Uganda
09-05-2017 | 11:33:00
Tucked away over 50 kilometers north of the capital Kampala, Chinese technicians continue to set up the first agricultural industrial park in the East African country of Uganda.
Kenya set to host over 5,000 flower growers and buyers for the sixth year in a row
05-05-2017 | 15:33:00
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.
[Ethiopia] Beef exporter receives $7 million boost from Norfund
24-04-2017 | 15:44:23
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.
Oserian Flowers signs its employees to mobile health insurance
24-04-2017 | 09:13:53
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.
Economic growth in East Africa remains strong despite drought - Report
14-04-2017 | 09:17:00
East Africa's economy has continued to grow despite the adverse effects of drought being felt across the region according to ICAEW's (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report.
Kenyan avocado farmers receive GlobalG.A.P certification
11-04-2017 | 13:53:00
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).
$13 million fund targets 15,000 Nigeria and Tanzania youth with agrifood employment
11-04-2017 | 07:41:00
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 agree to collaborate on fisheries, aviation and maritime security
07-04-2017 | 16:18:09
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
07-04-2017 | 08:36:09
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.
[Ethiopia] Omo Kuraz-II sugar plant commences trial production
30-03-2017 | 14:00:00
Omo Kuraz-II, one of the four sugar factories being built under Omo Kuraz sugar development projects, has begun trial production this month.
[Tanzania] YARA announces $26 million investment in Dar port to improve supply of fertilizer
29-03-2017 | 13:02:00
Tanzania is modernizing Dar es Salaam, its largest port, in partnership with local and foreign stakeholders. The Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Hanne-Marie Kaarstad hopes the Tanzanian Government will provide and ensure a conducive business environment to Yara and other partners in future.
Kenya to launch drought fund to cushion affected areas
29-03-2017 | 08:59:00
Kenya will establish a National Drought Emergency Fund (NDEF) to cushion areas affected by the drought in future, the Government has announced.
World Bank Signs $18m Grant to Crowd-in Forest Action in Ethiopia
27-03-2017 | 09:47:36
The World Bank has signed a new grant agreement with the Government of Ethiopia to improve the enabling environment for sustainable forest management, investments, and emissions reductions in the state of Oromia.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Smallholder irrigation a key panacea to Africa’s perennial food shortage
24-03-2017 | 06:00:33
Farmers in Africa can create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they expanded their access to more capital, better technology, irrigated land and grow high-value nutritious foods according to a very insightful World Bank report dubbed Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness report in Africa.
Ethiopia inaugurates integrated agro-industrial park with eye on 134,000 jobs
16-03-2017 | 06:36:00
Ethiopia has inaugurated the third integrated agro-industrial park (IAIP) being developed within the framework of the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) for Ethiopia, a flagship programme of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
[Column] Bob Koigi: Why we need change of tact in feeding a burgeoning population
10-03-2017 | 07:56:30
An array of population explosion, demand for food, and changes in weather are conspiring to defeat the food security resolve in the country.
[Tanzania] NMB to digitize agricultural sector with the Mastercard eKilimo mobile solution
09-03-2017 | 12:22:00
National Microfinance Bank Pic (NMB) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Mastercard to ensure the digitization of the agricultural sector in Tanzania with the rollout of eKilimo, a mobile solution developed by the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion.
Untapped potential for Ugandan beekeepers
08-03-2017 | 12:08:23
Despite the large economic potential for honey production, many beekeepers in Uganda fail to produce and market enough honey to make a living from it.
AfDB and Government of Sudan launch ENABLE Youth Sudan Program
07-03-2017 | 06:34:00
The African Development Bank and the Government of Sudan, in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have launched the ENABLE Youth Program in Sudan.
[Kenya] Government to start cash payouts for pastoralists
07-03-2017 | 06:28:25
President Uhuru Kenyatta will this week formally launch cash payouts to support pastoralists to purchase fodder and animal feed for their stock until the drought comes to an end.
Mastercard Foundation partners with three organizations to improve livelihoods of over one million African farmers
06-03-2017 | 13:16:17
Mastercard Foundation partners with three organizations to improve to Improve livelihoods of over one million farmers
AgDevCo invests in Rwandan mushroom grower group
03-03-2017 | 06:27:44
Social impact agribusiness investor AgDevCo has announced a $0.45m debt investment into a Rwandan mushroom grower. The company, Kigali Farms, is completing a modern button mushroom production facility in Musanze District in the shadow of the Volcanoes National Park.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Rosey days ahead for Kenya flowers with the approval of direct flights to US
03-03-2017 | 06:12:37
The recent upgrading of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Category A status which now approved non- stop flights between Kenya and United States is one of Kenya’s greatest landmarks.
[Rwanda] 60 youth led agribusiness projects set for $72,000 funding
02-03-2017 | 14:16:35
Close to 60 agribusiness projects being run by young people across Rwanda have been listed to receive approximately $12,000 each in funding after the signing of an agreement between Business Development Fund (BDF) and Private Sector Federation (PSF).
[Kenya] Low seed volume and limited crop choices at local agrodealers threaten food security, study
02-03-2017 | 11:28:00
As Kenyans brace for another bout with drought, a new study released today finds local agrodealers could play a pivotal role in helping farmers adapt to climate change—yet their assistance is severely limited by a shortage of certified crop seed stocks and financing options.
[Kenya] Drought pushes inflation to highest levels since 2016
01-03-2017 | 06:48:00
February has seen Kenya’s inflation climb to its highest since 2016 as the effects of the ongoing drought continues to pile pressure on the cost of food according to recently released data from the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
East African youth embrace agriculture as a side hustle, survey
16-02-2017 | 12:58:00
Millennials in East Africa are turning to Agriculture as a side business, a majority have attempted to turn their side hustle into their main focus borrowing starting capital from banks and relatives.
Kenya receives $250 million from World Bank to fund climate smart agriculture
14-02-2017 | 14:19:00
The World Bank has approved financing of a $250 million smart agriculture project in Kenya that will run for five years.
FAO and EAC sign grant agreement to boost agribusiness among youth
06-02-2017 | 12:20:00
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation and the East Africa Community have signed a grant agreement to promote urban and rural agriculture and agribusiness so as to improve youth employment in EAC member states.
Mastercard Launches Mobile Marketplace to Digitize East Africa's Agricultural Sector
17-01-2017 | 09:15:00
Mastercard today launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa.