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Elgon Kenya partners with Dudutech IPM Solutions in pest control drive
17-10-2017 | 09:31:03
Regional agro input powerhouse Elgon Kenya has partnered with respected IPM category products producer Dudutech in a deal that is set to make Elgon Kenya the distributor of Dudutech’s globally recognized products.
African Development Bank urges African leaders to make agriculture attractive to young Africans and stem migration
17-10-2017 | 09:08:27
On the occasion of the 2017 World Food Day, the African Development Bank has highlighted how Africa’s food security depends on attracting young people to agriculture and agribusiness.
GroFin and USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub partner to increase access to finance for East African agribusiness SMEs
10-10-2017 | 13:35:00
GroFin, a development financier which specialises in providing finance and support to small and growing businesses, has received a grant from USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.
Oserian Fairtrade supplements staff feeding with nutrition garden
21-09-2017 | 12:30:00
Kenya’s largest flower farm Oserian Development Company Limited through its Fairtrade Joint Body has established a garden of select highly nutritious vegetables as it seeks to supplement staff feeding.
[Tanzania] Russell IPM's Bio Rational Program tames fall army worm damage to less than 5 per cent
19-09-2017 | 10:34:00
Russell IPM's bio-rational program proved to manage fall army worm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Tanzania successfully, reducing damage in winter maize to less than 5 per cent.
New DNA technology seeks to save millions of Uganda and Tanzania farmers from effects of cassava disease
18-09-2017 | 14:06:00
Scientists at The University of Western Australia are using new portable DNA sequencing technology for the first time in East Africa to help farmers fight the devastating impact of crop disease.
11 African countries to benefit from $280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa programme
18-09-2017 | 08:42:00
The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) has been launched as an innovative and transformative partnership and financing vehicle to drive inclusive agriculture transformation across the continent.
Heifer International, Sirolli Institute grow farming enterprises in Tanzania and Uganda
15-09-2017 | 14:06:00
Heifer International is working with the nonprofit Sirolli Institute to help farmers start or grow successful businesses.
[Kenya] Safaricom Spark Fund invests in agri tech startup iProcure
07-09-2017 | 11:27:11
The $1 million Safaricom Spark Venture Fund has announced its sixth and final investment in agri-tech startup iProcure.
Uganda’s first coffee auction set for January 2018
05-09-2017 | 08:07:06
Uganda Coffee Development Authority in partnership with the African Fine Coffees Association is set to provide specialty coffee training in preparation for the annual Taste of Harvest competition and the country’s first ever coffee auction.
30,000 Kenyan farmers set to benefit from $12.6 million project to increase milk quality, production
01-09-2017 | 07:45:00
A public-private development partnership is launching a $12.6 million program to help 30,000 Kenyan farmers increase the quantity and improve the quality of the milk they produce in the Rift Valley and the country’s eastern region
KCB Foundation and Kenya Veterinary Association pick RippleNami to deliver livestock traceability program
29-08-2017 | 09:30:00
Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation and Kenya Veterinary Association has selected RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain map-based visualization platform to deliver the country’s first livestock identification and traceability program
[Column] Bob Koigi: Trade talks should be holistic and accommodate interests of all
24-08-2017 | 13:47:53
Kenya's horticulture industry which has emerged as one of the key foreign exchange earners for the country, and second to tea, has in the recent past been under threat due to incessant stalled export agreement with the European Union.
Elgon Kenya partners with Dutch based Interchemie to provide world class animal health products
23-08-2017 | 10:38:00
Agro input company Elgon Kenya’s newly launched animal health department has entered into partnership with Netherlands based Interchemie a global powerhouse in animal health.
[Uganda] AgDevCo invests $450,000 in Talian Company to scale up operations
21-08-2017 | 11:31:03
AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor, has announced a $450,000 debt investment into a Ugandan milling business, Talian Company Limited.
Radio is still king for Kenya and Uganda farmers
17-08-2017 | 08:41:00
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.
Heifer International program to provide jobs to 25,000 East African youth
11-08-2017 | 15:55:23
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.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Africa’s economic stardom is pegged on value addition
27-07-2017 | 13:24:00
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.
Kenya Horticultural Council unveiled to drive compliance with export standards
26-07-2017 | 08:31:00
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.
[Tanzania] AgDevCo invests $225,000 in Kingchick Poultry
25-07-2017 | 08:29:33
AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor has announced a $225,000 debt investment into a Tanzanian poultry business.
Africa Plantation Capital expands Kenyan operations
19-07-2017 | 10:45:30
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
19-07-2017 | 08:24:32
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.
Elgon Kenya becomes first agro input company in East and Central Africa to attain Superbrands status
18-07-2017 | 09:22:37
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,
Ethiopia earns $866m from coffee export
17-07-2017 | 13:10:00
Ethiopia earned 866 million USD exporting 221,000 tons of coffee during its last fiscal year. According to Ethiopian Coffee & Tea Development and Marketing Authority, it has accomplished 92 per cent of its set goal to increase coffee exports.
Bayer and Fair Planet extend collaboration to improve access to high quality vegetable seeds in Ethiopia
13-07-2017 | 07:18:00
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.
[Column] Hosea Machuki: Kenya can double its horticulture export earnings
07-07-2017 | 07:52:05
The Kenya horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country fights to consolidate its international markets.
Eastern and Southern Africa benefit from $19 million investment to boost food security
05-07-2017 | 15:49:00
A new $19 million investment has been launched to support will support greater food security and improve nutrition throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.
Kenya anticipates strong growth as it prepares for elections
05-07-2017 | 09:57:29
As Kenya prepares for its General Elections in August, the government has outlined its fiscal strategy with further growth expected in the economy and several changes to tax laws established to support budgetary considerations.
Indian Ocean Islands, East African countries collaborate to enhance responsible fisheries practices
04-07-2017 | 08:12:00
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.
Kenya unveils new standard for fruits and vegetable exports
27-06-2017 | 07:38:00
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.
EAC member states sign CAADP Compact to transform Agriculture for inclusive economic development
26-06-2017 | 09:17:33
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.
[Kenya] Safaricom launches digital solution for farmers
23-06-2017 | 09:32:41
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.
New equipment to boost safety and quality of Kenyan food
21-06-2017 | 08:32:00
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.
Elgon Kenya launches information centre to bridge agricultural knowledge gap
21-06-2017 | 06:32:00
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, Chinese consortium sign agreement on trade, livestock and transport projects
19-06-2017 | 16:28:15
Uganda and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding three proposed investment projects ranging from trade, agriculture and transport.
Elanco Animal Health receives $2.7 million to boost food security in East Africa
15-06-2017 | 16:07:41
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.
Elgon Kenya, Dudutech IPM Solutions partnership heralds new dawn for horticulture industry
12-06-2017 | 09:04:32
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.
[Kenya] Nestlé in record payout to coffee farmers as production soars
09-06-2017 | 09:56:00
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 Kenya partners with UPL to unveil water absorbent product
06-06-2017 | 11:16:53
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.
[Ethiopia] Advanced Maize seed adoption programme grows yields among smallholder farmers
26-05-2017 | 12:08:50
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
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.
Kenya’s urban poor grow food and incomes with innovative gardens
08-02-2017 | 12:30:00
Jamleck Awiti has never known hunger despite living in Mathare, one of the largest city slums in Africa home to over half a million residents.
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.