[chronique] Marlene Mutimawase: Hausse des prix des produits alimentaires, une grande pression pour les PMEs
La hausse des prix des denrées alimentaires et des intrants, ainsi que les défis contextuels actuels, mettent les PME du secteur alimentaire sous pression en Afrique.
African e-commerce startup Wasoko partners with the government of Zanzibar to establish an innovation hub that will focus on building world-class tech solutions.
This week, thousands of delegates across the continent and beyond are gathered in Kigali, Rwanda for the African Green Revolution Forum, AGRF, an annual event bringing governments and partners together around food security and making safe, nutritious foods produced in a sustainable way available to all Africans.
In a historic move for the integration process, The East African Business Council, COMESA and SADC Business Council recently launched and formed the African Tripartite Business Council.
IFC's $35 million financing package will help Jubaili expand its production capacity in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda, helping to offset Africa's reliance on agrochemical imports.
EAC launched the Arusha Bypass Road, during the EAC Heads of State summit, the 42.4 km bypass seeks to decongest traffic in the towns of Arusha and Moshi and to promote intra-regional trade.
The Summit discussed a raft of issues touching on the region from infrastructure development, energy transition, removing all restrictions on air transport services and strengthening the community.
Ministers of Agriculture, heads of international organizations and private sector representatives will meet this month during the first Summit of Africa and the Americas, to enhance cooperation on Agrifood Systems amid global threats to food security.
Among the key interventions proposed in the strategy is the creation of new forms of sustainable bioenergy, and the conversion of waste materials to useful products.
[East Africa Business Week] Bob Koigi: South Sudan remains a strategic player in the region’s petroleum industry
Owing to its strategic position at the heart of a wider Nile Basin-East Africa hydrocarbons-rich area, South Sudan is emerging as the hub for petroleum industry services and exploration in the region.
The recent decision by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to open an office serving the East and Southern African regions is a pointer to the crucial role farmers play in the region play in the East African, continental and global food systems.
[East Africa Business Week] Bob Koigi: Region bets on $91.5 million budget to drive economic integration
This week, the East African Community has tabled before the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) the budget estimates for the 2022/2023 Financial Year totaling $91.5 million.
AGRA has begun accepting applications for the 2022 Women Agripreneurs of the Year Awards (WAYA), which recognizes female entrepreneurs excelling in different segments of the agricultural value chain.
[Kenya] Agritech Apollo raises $40m in Softbank-led round, joined by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CDC
Kenya-based agritech Apollo Agriculture, ans to double the number of farmers it is serving by the end 2022 and to introduce other products that deliver more value per acre of land.
East Africa financial institutions are betting on tech to boost their offerings, grow their customers’ portfolio and stay afloat in a competitive market.
Kikombo Avocado Farm is a Tanzania-based company that deals with farming and selling of avocado and seedlings targeting both local and export markets, research and farmer trainings, consultation and management of avocado farming project.
Le Conseil d’administration du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement a accordé un prêt du Fonds Africain de Développement de 70,76 millions de dollars américains à la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) pour le développement agro-industriel.
L’ Agence Française de Développement (AFD) et sa filiale Proparco ont signé deux projets en partenariat avec l'Organisation internationale du travail (OIT), reconnue pour son expertise en matière d'assurance inclusive.
From 25th-29th October 2021, scientists, entrepreneurs, institutional leaders and students from Africa and beyond are meeting in Rwanda and online for the second continental African Plant Breeders Association Conference.
Claire Sands Baker co-founded, and is currently the Director of the Toothpick Company, an enterprise working hard to combat the threat that parasitic plants present in Kenya's Agriculture.
The USD100,00 global competition, held in conjunction with the UN Food Systems Summit, showcases innovative solutions in improving access to healthy, sustainable food.
FAO and the African Union Commission launch a guide to help countries enter Africa's new single market
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.
Through an initiative dubbed ‘Pay for Results’, the bank targets to provide financing across dairy, horticulture, livestock and energy for agriculture value chains.
AgDevCo has announced a $3.0 million follow-on mezzanine debt investment into Uzima Chicken Limited, a poultry company operating in Rwanda and Uganda.
Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, has launched a system that automates issuance of import and export services provided by the Agriculture and Food Authority of Kenya (AFA), the government regulatory agency.
Bayer donates Decis ULV insecticide to support Kenya, Uganda fight against desert locust devastation
Farmers in Kenya and Uganda currently fighting a devastating locust invasion and looming food security crisis are receiving a donation of 170,000 liters of Decis ULV insecticide from Bayer.
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.
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.
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.
Almost five million people at risk of hunger, famine as Desert Locusts destroy crops across East Africa, report
Almost five million people could be plunged into hunger and famine as a fourth round of desert locusts hatch and ravage crops across the Horn and East Africa, compounding an already dire food situation worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New swarms of locusts threaten to increase hunger in East Africa reeling from floods and coronavirus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Bank approved a financing of $48 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to help Uganda prevent and respond to the threat to livelihoods posed by the Desert Locust outbreak.
Team Europe - the EU, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden and Denmark are bolstering food security in Kenya and the region with over Ksh 16 billion (EUR 140 million) at a time of crisis due to COVID-19.
The dire socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic may more than double the number of hungry people in East Africa and the Horn over the next three months, a report from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has found.
The Japanese government has contributed $1.5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the implementation of the four-year Boresha Lishe nutrition project in rural areas of central Tanzania.
FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen, threat for food security crisis remains
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said that significant gains had been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen.
DEG is providing a loan from the AfricaConnect programme funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to finance the production of organic macadamia nuts from German-Kenyan company, Limbua.
Linking agriculture, rural electrification in Ethiopia could unlock $4 billion for national economy, RMI
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) launched a new report that shows how electricity can unlock billions of dollars in new value across six agricultural processing or small business opportunities in some of Ethiopia’s most important crops.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) received a donation of $10 million from the Russian Federation to support its operations in fighting against the Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa.
The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$7.5 million from the Government of Japan to help support vulnerable people in three East African countries hit by locust swarms feeding off crops.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a $1.5 million emergency relief grant to assist nine countries in the East and Horn of Africa on the control of swarms of desert locusts.
Food consumption in the African continent has been on a steady rise since 2016, according to a report from DownToEarth.
FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa from a $10 million loan approved by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
The African Development Bank has signed an agreement with DAL Group, one of Sudan’s largest conglomerates, for the provision of up to $75 million to improve food security and household incomes in the country.
Climate experts in East Africa are using a UK-funded supercomputer to combat the continent’s worst locust outbreak in 70 years, which is robbing people on the brink of starvation of much-needed food.
The European Commission has announced €10 million more to respond to one of the worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades in East Africa.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits $10 million to support global response on East Africa Locust invasion
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it is contributing $10 million to the United Nations FAO to support its work with governments in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, to combat a locust infestation in East Africa.
As a part of implementation and coordination of ARIS II for the sustainable development of animal resources, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources will be transforming priority regional livestock value chains.
The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) has donated $1 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to combat the worsening Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa.
On Dec. 30 last year following three consecutive years of drought in Zimbabwe, the World Food Programme issued a plea for the international community to support the country.
LVFO implements E€OFISH programme for sustainable blue economy in East African-South African-Indian Ocean region
The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) is implementing the E€OFISH programme in the EAC region in Lake Victoria, whose overall objective is to enhance equitable economic growth by promoting sustainable fisheries.
Desert Locust swarms in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential, could swell exponentially and spill over into more countries in East Africa.
[Column] Daniella Munene: Introduction of Kenya Food and Drugs Authority Bill shows why we need impact assessments for all legislation
Our parliamentarians are sometimes required to rule on some challenging proposals, with the private members’ Kenya Food and Drug Authority (KFDA) Bill a prime example from 2019.
IFC and GAFSP announced a $11 million loan to Ugandan agribusiness company Grainpulse to support its expansion and strengthen its farmer supply chain, increasing food production and economic growth in the country.
Over 30,800 vulnerable rural households in Uganda will benefit from a $210.4 million project that aims to sustainably increase rural livelihoods by supporting an efficient oil palm industry.
In less than a decade, Africa ICT sector has experienced an unprecedented boom that has caught the world’s attention.
Elanco Animal Health and Farm Radio International have partnered to produce a 13-week series of radio programs to educate small-scale livestock farmers in North Tanzania.
The Government of Norway has announced its contribution to the Farm to Market Alliance, a global private-sector led initiative with the aim to make markets work better for smallholder farmers.
Coffee producers in Ethiopia and Burundi should capitalize on growing interest in premium markets and environmental sustainability among the 500 million people globally who drink coffee every day to make the most of their inimitable beans.
Maize flour prices in Kenya have dipped to a six-year low on increased supply of cheap grains from Uganda and harvests in western region, easing inflationary pressure.
SunCulture, a Kenyan-based technology company and a provider of solar water pumps and irrigation solutions for small holder farmers, has closed an investment round with the EDF Group.
Despite more than 80 per cent of the beef consumed in Kenya being produced by pastoralists according to a 2011 study, they still struggle with poor market prices and scarcity of fodder.
Smallholder farmers in rural villages of Murang’a County in Central Kenya have traditionally grappled with produce glut and poor market pay as a result of over production of key produce like vegetables and fruits.
Global refreshment brand Lipton and charity organization WE have partnered to empower 80,000 women in tea farming communities across Kenya by providing them access to financial and business skills training.
RwandAir and Question Coffee have announced a ground breaking partnership to serve Rwandan specialty coffee on all of RwandAir flights with over 2 million cups to be offered in the next 2 years.
Changemaker International and Capacity Africa have organized a trade mission for Kenyan agribusiness stakeholders to Netherlands to study innovative food production systems and agricultural export models.
Nonprofit organization TechnoServe has announced four initiatives to boost the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers. Over the next five years, these new projects are expected to benefit nearly 90,000 farmers in four countries.
The Foundation and GIZ on Thursday graduated 350 program beneficiaries who have successfully completed a three-month training in the innovative Hydroponic Farming.
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.
Wefarm secures $5million seed funding to reach offline farmers and ease pressure on global food supply
Wefarm, a farmer-to-farmer digital network currently in Kenya and Uganda has secured $5 million in additional seed funding, led by Silicon-Valley based True Ventures.
The Eastern Africa Grain Council, has launched the nine product standards for staple foods and two standards for sampling and test methods.
Agritech is transforming doing business among Kenyan farmers and vendors, CNN Marketplace Africa programme has learnt.
The UK Government has announced an innovative new project to help Kenyan and Rwandese coffee farmers improve crop quality and yield.
doTERRA announces co-impact sourcing initiatives in Kenya, targets to create 5,000 farming jobs by 2020
Global player in the in sourcing, testing, manufacturing, and distributing of essential oils doTERRA has unveiled its social impact and community building initiatives in Kenya.
Kenya based fresh produce exporter Selina Wamucii Ltd has hailed the directive by Kenya’s Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) to lift a temporary ban on export of all Kenyan Fuerte and Hass avocado varieties over maturity issues.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a $1 million grant for Energy 4 Impact to develop the small scale solar irrigation market in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s growth slowed from mid-2016 to mid-2017, bottoming out at 3.4 percent, but is expected to recover to 5.2 percent for the second half of 2017, and may well accelerate in 2018 and 2019.
Hazera, a global leader in the seed industry, has successfully introduced the hybrid Shanty tomato to Ethiopia, dramatically impacting the lives of rural farmers.
An automated air drier has given hope and new market to more than 500 small scale fresh produce farmers from Tharaka, Meru and Embu counties in Kenya.
Flamingo Horticulture Investments (FHI Ltd), a Sun Capital Europe portfolio organisation, announced that they will make a further investment of $2.4Million in subsidiary business Dudutech, Africa’s leading Biological Pesticide Manufacturer.
Uganda government and UNDP launch implementation of a $44.26 million project to restore wetlands and build community resilience
The Government of Uganda and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have kick-started a new project on "building community resilience, wetlands ecosystems and associated catchments in Uganda."
At a time when smallholder farmers across Africa, who form the bulk of the food producers, are struggling with access to key agricultural inputs including fertilizer and seeds, Farmers Pride, based in Kenya has rolled out an elaborate plan to address these biting challenges.
Under the USAID funded Feed the Future Programme that is being implemented in Kenya through the Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises, we ventured into potato to increase productivity .
In the middle of a dry village in Kajuki, Tharaka Nithi County, a growing fruit and vegetable processing factory is proving Kenya can add value to fresh produce, increase farmer’s earnings and reduce post harvest losses.
Kenya exported passion fruits in the 90s and early 2000 but since 2003, decline in production started because of pest management challenges.
In the quest to quench the thirst of shortage of quality potato seed in Bomet County, the USAID funded Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises Project working with Deepa Industries.
Elisha Langat never catches a break in his in farm in Bomet County.He has six dairy cows, tea bushes and is multiplying potato seed.
On the streets of the bustling Kisii town in Kenya, Cyrus Nyakundi can easily pass for an ordinary hustler. He is the proprietor of Agroplant Technologies, the only tissue culture lab in the Nyanza and South Rift region.
Kenyan farmers are set to enjoy a bigger market share after the European Union committed to cut agricultural export subsidies by end of January in line with a World Trade Organisation landmark decision passed in Nairobi.
A Danish-Ethiopian project is on the way to making better use of the milk from Ethiopia’s 11 million dairy cows and to improve the nutrition of low-income families in the country.
ACDI/VOCA has partnered with USAID under the Feed the Future-funded Kenya Livestock Market Systems (LMS) activity, a Leader with Associates award, to strengthen people’s resilience to climate shocks and reduce poverty, hunger, and chronic undernutrition
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
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
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.
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.
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.