Africa Agribusiness

Proparco invests $18.7 million in Kenya Nut Company

08-10-2020 | 06:08:00
With a loan of $ 18.7 million, Proparco is supporting Kenya Nut Company, a family business that has diversified and has been active for more than 40 years in the nut sector, macadamia and cashew, in Kenya.

New project pursues climate innovations to boost Zimbabwe livestock production systems

08-08-2020 | 14:30:00
A new European Union-funded ‘Livestock Production Systems in Zimbabwe’ (LIPS-Zim) project is working to increase agricultural productivity in the country’s agro-ecological Zones.

Central African Republic receives food assistance from WFP

08-06-2020 | 11:23:00
The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the first ever delivery of food assistance to the landlocked Central African Republic using barges along the Ubangui River from neighboring Republic of Congo.

WFP launches nutrition programme in Khartoum, Sudan

08-06-2020 | 06:26:00
The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its nutrition support programme for the first time in Khartoum for 175,000 pregnant and nursing women and children under five, in collaboration with the Khartoum State Ministry of Health.

[Ghana] Agriculture Ministry, Global Affairs Canada support Women’s Farmer-Based Organizations

08-05-2020 | 09:18:00
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana and the Ministry of Local Governance and Rural Development announced a GHC 2.5 million pilot support from Global Affairs Canada to Women’s Farmer-Based Organizations (WFBOs).

South African wine farmers turn to court to appeal for relief from alcohol ban

08-04-2020 | 09:28:00
South African family farming organisation Saai will approach the Northern Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 18 August 2020 to have the ban on the sale and consumption of wine in restaurants set aside.

Sugar safeguard on Kenya paying-off, COMESA

08-04-2020 | 08:12:00
The sugar industry in Kenya has steadily expanded over the years, currently with 15 white sugar mills being opened and several jaggery (healthy sugar alternative) operators in place.

COMESA COVID-19 food security response plan underway

08-03-2020 | 07:41:00
The COMESA Secretariat has developed a draft COVID-19 Regional Food and Nutrition Security Response Plan to improve agricultural productivity, enhance access to competitive markets and trade in agri-food commodities in the region.

REDAVIA deploys first solar farm in Kenya at Menengai Farmers

07-31-2020 | 12:08:00
REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective, reliable, and clean solar power for businesses, has deployed its first solar farm in Kenya for Menengai Farmers Ltd tea farm in Tigoni.

AGG project to ramp up genetic gains in maize for better livelihoods

07-31-2020 | 06:37:00
As plant pests and diseases continue to evolve a major priority for breeders and partners is developing better stress tolerant and higher yielding varieties faster and more cost effectively.

WFP urgently seeks international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger

07-31-2020 | 06:12:00
With COVID-19 aggravating an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed for an additional $250 million to support a rapidly expanding emergency operation for millions at risk.

West and East Africa entrepreneurs shine at the Africa and Asia nutrition competition

07-30-2020 | 16:30:00
Entrepreneurs from Nigeria and Tanzania running innovative businesses to address malnutrition emerged winners in this year’s SUN Pitch Competition organised by the SUN Business Network.

NITDA Adopts Nigerian farmers into the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture programme

07-30-2020 | 10:15:15
The National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has adopted 130 farmers into the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture programme to provide Nigerian farmers with means to showcase their farm produce in the digital world market.

Scientists collaborate to save East Africa’s potatoes from a new pest threat

07-30-2020 | 09:00:00
Scientists have been at the forefront of efforts to address a new emerging pest threat to the production of potato in the East Africa region.

[Côte d'Ivoire] Godiva partners with Earthworm Foundation to promote sustainable change in the cocoa sector

07-29-2020 | 14:49:13
Godiva, a global company inn premium chocolate, has partnered with the Earthworm Foundation to make sustainable improvements to the cocoa supply chain beginning in Côte d'Ivoire.

Fertilizer Reform in Niger: An Important Step toward Food Security

08-10-2020 | 11:00:00
Niger is a Sahelian country with a population that regularly suffers from famine and malnutrition.

Stepping up rural finance to support smallholder farmers in Zambia

08-08-2020 | 14:39:00
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world, creating disruption wherever it goes. But it can also offer opportunities to put forward innovative solutions.

[Column] Eric Kimunguyi: Glamourous photo shoots do not change the reality of Africa’s harsh pest load

08-07-2020 | 14:11:12
For these campaigners want nearly all pest control banned in Kenya, where all of those products are used across the rest of world and by our food trading partners.

Global food prices rise in July, FAO Index

08-07-2020 | 06:52:00
The global food prices continued rising for the second consecutive month in July, led by vegetable oils and dairy products, according to the benchmark United Nations report.

Monsoons help enhance yield in East African fisheries, NOC

08-07-2020 | 06:40:00
Led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), new study reveals the importance of the Monsoon in how abundant small pelagic fish are in East Africa.

[Column] Rob Vos, Khiem Nguyen: Making food system value chains inclusive for smallholders and rural people

07-30-2020 | 09:19:23
Rapid urbanization and income growth are driving shifts in the diets of urban consumers in low-income countries in Africa and South Asia from inexpensive staple cereals to higher-value products.

Next-generation technology: unlocking nutritious food production in Africa and Asia

07-29-2020 | 16:50:00
As poor access to nutritionally-rich and affordable diets continues to take its toll on these continents, pioneering entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are stepping up to the challenge.

[Column] Malachy Mitchell: Covid-19 presents chance to build a more resilient food supply chain

07-28-2020 | 07:22:00
Global agri-food supply chains have so far been resilient in responding to the difficulties posed by the coronavirus,

[Column] Adil El Youssefi: Tech has the potential to transform Kenya’s agricultural sector

07-25-2020 | 14:34:25
Kenya’s agriculture sector has grown by 4.8 per cent annually since 2012 with its share of GDP at 33 percent as of 2016.

Agriculture project helps Zambian youth turn away from copper, live off the land

07-22-2020 | 06:06:00
In Zambia’s Serenje district, young Zambians are being offered a ray of hope in the form of an agriculture project that is both an alternative to copper mining as a path out of poverty.

[Column] Louis van Ravesteyn: Unlocking Africa's agribusiness potential with platform thinking

07-21-2020 | 12:28:00
The African continent is home to what is considered a huge growth opportunity - agriculture. With 65% of the world's available uncultivated arable land, potential exists for African countries to reach their developmental goals

15.4 million expected cases of acute malnutrition in West and Central Africa, UN agencies

07-20-2020 | 09:46:15
15.4 million cases of acute malnutrition in children under five years old are expected in 2020 in West and Central Africa if adequate measures are not put in place now, warns UN agencies, UNICEF and WFP.

The need for a radical shift in Africa’s agricultural funding models

07-17-2020 | 15:00:00
A new report reveals that only a small fraction of agricultural research funding coming to sub-Saharan Africa is being used to support agroecology and other sustainable, regenerative approaches.

COMESA region has increased staple crop production, data

07-16-2020 | 14:02:00
Most countries in the COMESA region have recorded an above average yield in the production of staple foods for the 2019/2020 farming season, and this is expected to reduce hunger among the 560 million people.

African Development Bank enhances food security for millions of people in Niger, report

07-16-2020 | 08:51:00
The Water Mobilisation Project to Enhance Food Security in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder Regions implemented between 2011 and 2018 in Niger, has sustainably increased agricultural production and productivity.