Africa Agribusiness

African Union set to boost intra-African agricultural trade

04-23-2021 | 08:33:08
The African Union (AU) has set out plans to construct industrial parks that will improve the manufacturing of agricultural products as well as the supply chain.

[Nigeria] Federal Government builds capacity of rice farmers

04-23-2021 | 08:10:00
As part of efforts to improve the production capacity of rice nationwide and enhance food security, the Federal Government launched a scheme to train farmers in the rice value chain on improved techniques from farm to market.

Dangote sugar invests $700 million to boost production in Nigeria

04-21-2021 | 13:50:00
With a national annual import of over $337million, the management of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has declared its irrevocable commitment to the Backward Integration Policy (BIP) of the Federal Government to reverse the trend.

Explosive mix of soaring food prices, conflict drives up hunger by a third across West Africa

04-20-2021 | 10:08:00
Millions of families in West and Central Africa are growing more hungry and desperate by the day as food prices skyrocket, stoking a widening hunger emergency in a region engulfed by conflict and the socioeconomic fallout from COVID-19.

UN Central Emergency Response Fund supports anticipatory action in Ethiopia and Somalia

04-20-2021 | 09:57:25
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is providing $40 million for anticipatory action in Ethiopia and Somalia to ensure that people get help before the situation turns into a devastating food security crisis.

AGRA partners with PAFO to support African smallholder farmer organizations

04-20-2021 | 09:02:00
The Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have signed a cooperation and partnership agreement to strengthen the capacities of African farmers’ organizations.

Sweden and TechnoServe launch $4 million partnership to support Zambia's food processors

04-19-2021 | 14:00:00
The FED program will support the growth of foundational, small and medium-sized food processing enterprises in Zambia.

IITA promotes agriculture as a business for smallholder farmers in DR Congo

04-19-2021 | 07:19:44
The fair’s general objective was to highlight IITA’s research contribution, with the support of its partners, in favor of smallholder farmers in South Kivu.

ECA partners with African countries to increase investment in agriculture

04-19-2021 | 07:02:53
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is working with African countries to increase investment in infrastructure and agriculture on the continent.

Esri partner QSIT implements AI solution for Egyptian agriculture sector

04-16-2021 | 10:39:00
Esri , the global leader in location intelligence, announced the Egyptian partner Quality Standards for Information Technology (QSIT), has successfully implemented the Crop Mapping and Field Boundary Detection solution.

Dangote Fertilizer to train farmers in the South East

04-16-2021 | 10:21:01
Good times are ahead for farmers in the South-East geopolitical zone as Dangote Fertilizer has promised to train them on better ways of farming to obtain bumper yields…

FAO and the African Union Commission launch a guide to help countries enter Africa's new single market

04-16-2021 | 10:04:37
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union Commission's Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development (AUC-DARBE) have launched a guide to boosting intra-African agricultural trade under the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

FMC Corporation announces executive leadership change in EMEA region

04-16-2021 | 08:46:00
FMC Corporation (FMC), the global agricultural sciences company, announced Marc Hullebroeck, FMC vice president and president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, will retire from the company at the end of June 2021.

Climate change taking a toll on Ethiopian coffee, study

04-16-2021 | 06:49:36
Ethiopia may produce less specialty coffee and more rather bland tasting varieties in the future.

QSIT implements Artificial Intelligence solution for Egyptian agriculture sector

04-15-2021 | 12:36:24
To meet challenges such as crop disease, weed management, pest control, and irrigation, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AEnRI) sought to increase agricultural output in different regions all over Egypt.

[Rwanda] SHEKINA enterprise finds export market for dried cassava leaves product

04-19-2021 | 09:06:00
SHEKINA Enterprise is a going-concern Rwandan food processing company, created in 2007 from the idea of MBATEZIMANA who visited a small market in his home village and met some girls who were throwing cassava leaves in the garbage and decided to come up with an innovative product.

[Column] Sangji Lee: The case for a green economy

04-16-2021 | 10:31:34
As countries develop revised national climate pledges, known as Nationally Determined Contributions, they’re doing so in the context of multiple historic crises: climate change, rising inequality, and the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

[Column] Apollos Nwafor: How Africa can rebuild through agriculture

04-14-2021 | 06:40:13
The COVID-19 pandemic has created massive disruption in agri-food systems around the world. It has compounded the food security situation globally.

[Column] Baiju Kantaria: Kenya and UK should do more to cement trade ties

04-13-2021 | 14:27:12
In this context, the prevailing diplomatic tiff between Kenya and UK over travel bans occasioned by concerns over new COVID-19 variants shouldn’t be allowed to escalate any further.

[Column] Akinwumi Adesina, Patrick Verkooijen: African agriculture is ready for a digital revolution

04-09-2021 | 05:56:00
After a dark 2020, a new year has brought new hope. In Africa, where up to 40 million more people were driven into extreme poverty and the continent experienced its first recession in 25 years.

African fisheries need reforms to boost resilience after Covid-19, study

04-09-2021 | 05:44:00
The African fisheries sector could benefit substantially from proper infrastructure and support services, which are generally lacking. The sector currently grapples with fragile value chains and marketing.

[Interview] Gad Akonkwa, PDG, JUNAF DRC

04-02-2021 | 13:08:20
Gad Akonkwa est le PDG de JUNAF, une entreprise agroalimentaire qui est spécialisée dans la transformation des jus de fruits et legumes en République Démocratique du Congo.

[Column] Nelson Maina: The nexus between steep pump price hike and agriculture in Kenya

03-31-2021 | 06:24:00
While we think of farming as a soil business therefore insulated from fuel cost hikes, nothing could be further from the truth. Farms purchase inputs are transported by motorized means through the retailer, distributor and manufacturer.

[Interview] Daniel Wa Mukina, PDG, DIMbusiness family, DRC

03-29-2021 | 10:35:00
Daniel Wa Mukina est le PDG de DIMbusiness family, une firme congolaise de futurs créateurs d'entreprises donnant un sens aux projets des entrepreneurs ainsi que lever les fonds pour financer les différents projets.

[Column] Eric Kimunguyi: Why Europe wants Africa to end crop protection

03-12-2021 | 15:24:00
Indeed, so extreme is the anti-pesticide noise that we are in danger of plundering our food output and increasing our dependency on Europe for generations ahead.

[Column] Baiju Kantaria: Addressing capacity constraints in Kenya’s flower export business

03-05-2021 | 07:04:08
Last year at the height of COVID-19 the Kenya flower industry was grappling with a cocktail of threats that had taken a toll on production.

[Interview] Dr. B.M. Prasanna, Director, CIMMYT

02-11-2021 | 06:36:15
The farming community has a reason to smile after the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) recently announced it had successfully developed three CIMMYT-derived fall armyworm-tolerant elite maize hybrids for eastern and southern Africa.

[Column] Grace Goodrich: Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in Mozambique

02-03-2021 | 10:51:00
With fertile river valleys, expansive coastal lowlands and the prolific Zambezi River as a source of irrigation, Mozambique is considered a mecca for crop cultivation, with climatic conditions catering to a diverse range of agricultural products.

[Column] Agnes Kalibata: Hungry for change: an open letter to African governments

01-13-2021 | 07:02:00
In 2020, the entire world knew what it was to be hungry. Millions of people went without enough to eat, with the most desperate now facing famine.

[Column] Ishmael Sunga: Strengthening intra-African trade can build resilience to shocks like Covid-19

01-11-2021 | 14:34:04
Before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in Africa, its impact on trade was already being felt.In an ordinary year, Africa imports more than US$70 billion in food and agricultural products.