[Column] Eric Kimunguyi: Glamourous photo shoots do not change the reality of Africa’s harsh pest load
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
[Column] Rob Vos, Khiem Nguyen: Making food system value chains inclusive for smallholders and rural people
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.
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
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.
The Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industry (MCFI) and Agritech company Lentera Africa have signed a partnership that will see Lentera provide satellite-based crop health analysis and crop modelling services.
Twelve African entrepreneurs are among 21 finalists in this year’s SUN Pitch Competition where entrepreneurs will pitch their innovative business ideas to address malnutrition.
[Nigeria] NITDA selects 130 farmers to join National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture programme
In its move to digitize agricultural sector, the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has adopted 130 farmers into the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) programme.
Global agri-food supply chains have so far been resilient in responding to the difficulties posed by the coronavirus,
Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative selects Top 50 Finalists of 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes Competition
The 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition has shortlisted the top 50 finalists from stage one of the selection process.
Farmer cooperatives across West and Central Africa help expand access to improved seeds, boosting yields
A farmers’ cooperative in Mali has experienced a significant increase in production of quality seeds, setting an example for other farmer organizations in Mali and neighboring countries.
Soil degradation and nutrient depletion have been serious threats to agricultural productivity and food security in Ethiopia.
Researchers from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, icipe, have provided evidence on the nutritional superiority of insects oils.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has launched the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform with a large and rich set of data on food, agriculture, socioeconomics, and natural resources.
Vital Capital has launched a new collaboration with USAID’s Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) to support agribusinesses in Kenya affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CNH Industrial, a global player in the capital goods sector, has announced its intention to expand its direct presence in Southern Africa’s agriculture and construction equipment sectors.
Malawi’s three-year trajectory of increasing economic growth has been interrupted by the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, but the full extent of the pandemic’s negative impact is still uncertain as the crisis unfolds, says World Bank.
Belgium has contributed to an anticipatory action project aimed at enhancing the food security and nutrition of populations affected by COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.
Yield improvement of important African food crops will get a boost with the launch of a new project to be implemented by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with Bayer.
Incomes for hundreds of seaweed farmers will be improved and globally important coastal ecosystems will be restored with a new and innovative partnership in Tanzania between The Nature Conservancy and Cargill.
Neema Lugangira’s enterprise Healthy Maisha, meaning Healthy Life, operates in Tanzania’s commercial city of Dar es Salaam and seeks to bridge the nutrition gap, and iron deficiency in particular.
FAO launches Hand-in-Hand geospatial data platform to build stronger food and agriculture sectors post COVID-19
FAO launched the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform with a large and rich set of data on food, agriculture, socioeconomics, and natural resources to help strengthen evidence-based decision-making in the food and agriculture sectors.
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.
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has handed over seeds valued at about Ghc90,000 to the Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana (VEPEAG).
Komaza raises $28 million Series B to capture Africa’s $30 billion wood deficit and restore degraded lands
Komaza, a company that is revolutionizing the wood industry in Africa through its innovative smallholder platform, has secured a first close of $28m of the company’s planned $33m Series B equity financing.
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
The European Union is providing €64.7 million in humanitarian aid for countries in the southern Africa region to help support people in need dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, extreme weather conditions such as persistent drought.
African swine Fever (ASF), which may cause up to 100 percent mortality in pigs, has become a major crisis for the pork industry, causing massive losses in pig populations and generating drastic economic consequences.
The French Development Agency (AFD) has signed two grant agreements amounting to €20 million in support of the culture and agriculture sectors in Ethiopia.
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.
Agroecology continues to receive negligible funding despite the numerous benefits it has on smallholder famers, food and farming systems, a new report says.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a donation of $10 million from Germany to assist over 104,000 smallholder farmers impacted by drought in Zambia.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), through a new initiative known as the Start Them Early Program (STEP), is introducing agribusiness training in secondary schools in Oyo State.
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.
IFAD announced support for a new project to boost agricultural productivity, improve food and nutrition security and build the resilience of at least 218,000 rural families in Angola who are vulnerable to climate shocks.
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.
Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has launched the Progressive Licensing Scheme (PLS) for Small Scale and Cottage sized Food Processors.
The African Development Bank has made the empowerment of women and youth a priesthood in Madagascar.
Drones, with specialty spraying technology, were deployed for a recent sugarcane ripening trail in South Africa, showing an evident increase in the amount of sugar extracted from these canes.
In Africa and Asia, SMEs provide the majority of food consumed and have the potential to increase access to safe, nutritious foods if they can grow their businesses through finance and technical assistance.
IFC is joining forces with the National Bank of Egypt and MSMEDA to strengthen the clean technology entrepreneurship sector and boost Egyptian farmers’ access to finance for solar irrigation.
Herders in Africa’s arid Sahelian region follow a seasonal cycle as they seek greener pastures for their livestock. Every year, thousands of men and beasts travel what’s known as “transhumance corridors” in a pilgrimage as old as time.
Twenty thousand farmers, youth and agriculture communities in Kenya stand to benefit from training programmes on sustainable agriculture practices to be launched by Corteva Agriscience.
When a second massive swarm of locusts hit East Africa in April presenting “an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat” to food security and livelihoods this piece of news barely made a splash.
Rabobank has signed a new partnership agreement FAO with the intention of helping targeted rural communities benefit from more inclusive, sustainable food systems.
The Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability certification is evolving, with the publication of a new program with more robust criteria, measurement.
African Church leaders are highlighting the need to tame the continent’s persistent post-harvest losses, as organizations point at rising food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A new African Centre of Excellence for sustainable cooling and cold chain based in Rwanda will help get farmers’ produce to market quickly and efficiently, reducing food waste, boosting profits and creating jobs.
As supply chains around the world are disrupted questions have begun to emerge about Africa and its ability to ensure food security for its citizens.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomed a €15 million contribution from the European Union to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region.
The COMESA National Federation of National Associations of Women in Business (FEMCOM) Chapter in DR Congo has embarked on a $2.3 million project to support women in business.
An African Development Bank project to enhance market infrastructure, value addition and rural finance (MIVARF) in Tanzania produced highly satisfactory results, according to a report released by the project team.
The Government of Madagascar received a cheque of $2.13 million from the African Risk Capacity Insurance to cover anticipated losses to livelihoods of its vulnerable population from the crop failure in the just concluded farming season.
Global producer of flavours and fragrances, Symrise relies on white grapefruit as a valuable raw material to produce signature tastes for sweets and drinks.
AGRA’s June Food Security Monitor finds multiple shocks are disrupting agricultural farming systems in sub Saharan Africa.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) are stepping up their support for green investments and climate resilience in Egypt, Morocco.
In order to facilitate transitional arrangements in the coffee sector, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) in Kenya has issued guidance to support sector players.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations, IFAD, has announced a new project that will boost support for about 210,000 poor rural households in Niger
The World Bank approved a total of $157 million for the Malawi Watershed Services Improvement Project composed of a $78.5 million credit and $78.5 million grant from the International Development Association.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) announces the appointment of Wambui Gichuri as Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 5 July 2020.
The government of Madagascar received a check of $2.13 million from the Insurance Company of the Pan African Risk Management Mutual (ARC) to cover the loss of livelihoods of its population caused by climatic disasters.
IFAD announced support for a new programme in the DRC to reduce poverty, increase productivity and incomes, improve food and nutrition security, and build the resilience of more than 410,000 small-scale farmers households.
The Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) , Mr Ebrahim Patel gazetted amendments to the Sugar Industry Agreement and South African Sugar Association Constitution.
The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Alh. Mohammad Sabo Nanono flagged off the distribution of wet season farming support for improved rice production technologies among rice farmers at Tofai community.
Olam International, in partnership with Agropolis Fondation, is on the hunt for ground-breaking scientific research that can deliver transformational impacts within global agriculture and win of $75,000 grant to support development.
FAO expects new record-high global cereal production and comfortable stock levels for 2020/21, while food assistance needs up.
With funding from the African Development Bank the project provided irrigation kits, constructed boreholes, small dams and water troughs that boost farmers’ yields.
The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises.
Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia have embraced small-scale mechanization thanks to an innovative CIMMYT-led project, which is now drawing to a close.
As a sign of its strong commitment to Africa, the World Bank’s Sub-Saharan Africa Regional portfolio will now be managed by two Vice Presidents, covering Western and Central and Eastern and Southern Africa, respectively.
An initiative, which involves a $40 million fertilizer-revolving facility and another $170 million for value addition is to be implemented in the Eastern, Northern, Western, Central, Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
AfreximBank receives $200 million financing from ITFC to boost agriculture sector in Sub Saharan Africa
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, has signed a $200 million syndicated Murabaha financing agreement with Afreximbank to support the agriculture sector in Sub Saharan Africa.
The World Bank approved a $40 million International Development Assistance (IDA) grant for Somalia as part of the Emergency Locust Response Program, which seeks to respond to the threat posed by the locust outbreak.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing €10 million in funding to the Tunisian date processing company VACPA.
[Nigeria] IITA, Mastercard Foundation partnership to equip youth in agrifood value chain with skills
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), through its Youth in Agribusiness office, is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation in Nigeria to implement the Young Africa Works strategy.
The African Development Bank approved a donation of 1.1 million US dollars to the Rwandan government for the implementation of the Project of commercial competitiveness of the value chain of the meat.
South Africa's Tongaat Hulett announced it had entered into an agreement with Eswatini’s Public Service Pensions Fund (the PSPF) to sell Tambankulu Estates, its Eswatini agri-business, for R375 million.
The Ghana Cocoa Board officially launched the $600 million syndicated loan facility which it signed with some Development Finance Institutions to provide funding for various investment projects within Ghana’s cocoa industry.
The coronavirus pandemic has reduced many of us to our most basic survival instincts: securing food and staying safe.
The African Development Bank approved the reallocation of $3 million in loan resources to help Togo purchase agricultural inputs to enhance food security in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Afrika Umoja and Black Farmers Association of South Africa (BFASA) collaborate to help tackle COVID-19
Afrika Umoja has announced a partnership with the Black Farmers Association of South Africa (BFASA); BFASA is an Association that has the best interests of the farming community at its core.
Rice production has been a major source of livelihood for people in Giwa Iganchi, Local Government, Kaduna State in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Tunisia's traditional Ramli agricultural systems in the lagoons of Ghar El Melh and its hanging gardens from Djebba El Olia, have been recognized as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).
The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has provided $5.9 million for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to continue protecting 1.2 million vulnerable African farmers with climate risk insurance.
To assist smallholder farmers in Asia, Africa and Latin America who are facing additional challenges resulting from COVID-19, Bayer is providing seeds and crop protection inputs.
Ethiopia has taken the lead in the implementation of Climate-Resilient Green Economy to protect itself from the adverse effects of climate change.
In Nigeria, crop production is an old tradition, many families in the country solely depends on it for the provision of their basic needs.
Proparco and Ethos Mezzanine Partners have announced a $22 million investment into Turaco, a holding company managed by 54 Capital PE Advisors, which holds a portfolio of FMCG assets in Ethiopia.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has partnered with Twiga Foods to increase agricultural productivity through precision farming.
GBfoods, a global player in culinary product manufacturing recently built a N20 billion, approximately $52 million, Tomato processing factory, in Kebbi State.