Africa Agribusiness

ONDO launches first international branch in Durban, South Africa

06-03-2020 | 14:00:00
Following the interest in ONDO sustainable farming solutions from South African farmers growing sugar cane, vineyards and corn, the company announcinces the setting up of ONDO’s first international branch in Durban, South Africa.

[Mali] IAEA help farmers improve food security using climate-smart agricultural techniques

06-02-2020 | 10:32:05
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is working with scientists from Mali to improve food security using climate-smart agricultural techniques to enhance water management and improve soil fertility.

AfDB approves emergency relief aid to tackle food insecurity for vulnerable workers in Egypt

06-02-2020 | 07:35:22
The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a $500,000 emergency assistance grant to Egypt to provide food relief, and to contribute to restoring the livelihoods of vulnerable populations severely affected by COVID 19.

EU mobilises €3 million in emergency assistance for floods in East Africa

06-02-2020 | 07:24:00
The EU has mobilised €3 million in emergency assistance to countries in East Africa that have been hit by heavy rainfall over the past weeks, triggering devastating landslides and floods.

Evonik becomes exclusive distributor of ProPhorce™ SR 130 in Southern Africa

06-01-2020 | 08:05:00
Evonik has agreed with Swedish manufacturer, Perstorp, that it will be the exclusive distributor of ProPhorce™ SR 130 in Southern Africa.

Germany, WFP expand multi-year partnership to empower resilient communities in Niger

05-29-2020 | 07:43:22
The WFP in Niger welcomed an additional €24 million contribution from Germany to scale-up resilience building at a time when Niger is facing the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 health pandemic on food security.

New swarms of locusts threaten to increase hunger in East Africa reeling from floods and coronavirus

05-28-2020 | 14:59:33
Oxfam warns that millions of people in East and Central Africa, already suffering due to flooding and the impact of coronavirus, are at risk of increased hunger and poverty as the region braces for the latest generation of locusts.

EAC cautions partner states on likely impact of above normal rains in the region

05-28-2020 | 12:30:58
According to the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Statement, parts of South Sudan, Western Kenya, Uganda, Northern Tanzania and Rwanda are expected to receive above normal rainfall between June and September 2020.

World Bank provides $346 million to strengthen resilience, livelihoods in Lake Chad region

05-28-2020 | 11:35:00
The World Bank approved two operations totaling $346 million in IDA financing to help strengthen resilience and livelihoods in the Lake Chad region, which is shared among Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

InspiraFarms closes Series B investment round to expand operations in East and Southern Africa

05-28-2020 | 07:41:00
InspiraFarms, an on- and off-grid cold storage solutions provider in East and Southern Africa, has closed a Series B to further expand its operations in the region.

Nespresso invests in Uganda coffee under the Reviving Origins programme

05-28-2020 | 07:34:00
Nespresso, an operating unit of the Nestlé Group, has introduced AMAHA awe UGANDA, ‘Hope of Uganda’, a new and seasonal coffee from the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda.

EU Horizon 2020 invests €6.7 million to tackle food and water insecurity in Horn of Africa

05-27-2020 | 07:02:00
An international team of researchers and organizations has been awarded over €6.7 million from EU Horizon 2020 to help tackle food and water insecurity in the Horn of Africa Drylands.

World Bank approves $500m to fight Locusts in Africa and the Middle East

05-26-2020 | 06:42:00
The World Bank approved a US$500 million program to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight the locust swarms that are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people.

Fight against Desert Locusts will take time, despite significant control gains, FAO Director

05-22-2020 | 14:31:00
The Director-General of FAO QU, has warned that efforts to control Desert Locusts will take time, noting increased concern for the Sahel and Southwest Asia is adding to the burden of efforts ongoing in the Horn of Africa and Yemen.

World Bank approves $63 million for Ethiopia to manage Desert Locust threat

05-22-2020 | 13:01:00
The World Bank approved a financing of $63 million ($31.5 million grant and $31.5 million credit) from the International Development Association to help Ethiopia prevent and respond to the threat to livelihoods posed by the desert locust outbreak.
 
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As world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity, UN

05-25-2020 | 07:30:00
Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World's Forests.

[Column] Beatrice Gakuba: Supporting Africa’s Agribusiness to avert a food crisis

05-20-2020 | 06:52:58
In Kenya’s coastal Mombasa County, Mercy Mghanga, reminisces her past, not so long ago, she sold tonnes of fish to five star hotels in the tourist town and exported the rest to China.

[Column] Agnes Kalibata, Tony Blair: Building food security during the pandemic

05-19-2020 | 06:41:00
Every year, some nine million people worldwide – equivalent to the population of Austria – die of hunger or hunger-related diseases.

COVID-19 response must target African agriculture and the rural poor

05-14-2020 | 09:11:37
Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

[Column] Nico Groenewald: Agritech solutions can help farmers offset coronavirus risks

05-08-2020 | 05:40:00
The outbreak of Covid-19 across the globe is presenting a unique set of challenges to industries and causing severe disruption to global value chains.

Global food prices drop in April, FAO Index

05-07-2020 | 08:31:00
World food commodity prices declined for the third month in a row during April, as the economic and logistical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant contractions in demand for many commodities.

Forest loss slows globally as sustainable management grows, FAO

05-07-2020 | 08:20:00
Globally deforestation continues, albeit at a slower rate, with 10 million hectares a year being converted to other uses since 2015, down from 12 million hectares a year in the previous five years, according to key findings by FAO.

[Column] Stephen Awuah: Ghana amid COVID-19: Facing up to food supply chain problems

05-06-2020 | 17:01:28
Ghana’s growing reputation as a west African powerhouse has been hard-won but the COVID-19 global pandemic is a big test of the country’s agribusiness and food supply resilience.

Using economic stimulus to reduce long-term hunger impact, FAO

05-05-2020 | 13:38:00
Beyond the COVID-19 health emergency, a recession looms, and countries ought to take measures now to soften the longer-term impacts on hunger and food insecurity, a new FAO policy brief says.

[Startup Interview] Elton Greeve, CEO, EMG Agri Solutions, South Africa

05-04-2020 | 14:19:00
EMG Agri Solutions, a South African startup offers business planning, management consulting, strategic management, and specialized project management for agri-businesses.

Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

04-23-2020 | 07:55:00
While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Niño's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

[Column] Atsuko Toda, Martin Fregene: Mitigating COVID-19’s impact on Africa’s food systems

04-17-2020 | 15:35:00
We are facing great uncertainty on the African continent. The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth.

[Column] Okisegere Ojepat: Latest transport directives in Kenya key to delivering food security

04-08-2020 | 06:56:10
Securing our food supply has emerged as an imperative in the current global pandemic, prompting Kenya government’s announcements of measures to prioritize the supply of food.

[Column] Eric Kimunguyi: Taking care of crop yields, agriculture inputs now more than ever

04-01-2020 | 14:07:31
The coronavirus has moved crop protection to a new status as super-critical to ensure we have enough food this year.

[Column] Nelson Maina: Kenya flower sector should blossom beyond COVID-19

03-31-2020 | 07:08:59
Devastating scenes of flower workers disposing tens of thousands of blooms on a daily basis have come to symbolize the extent of the damage the Coronavirus has visited on the Kenya floriculture sector.