A joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) will boost agriculture value chains and enhance drought resilience in Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda.
A ‘crazy idea’ has resulted in the ability to grow durum wheat in the extreme heat of famine-affected Senegal, Mauritania and Mali, potentially boosting the income for one million farming families.
Purdue University scientists will develop stronger, more versatile varieties of sorghum that have the potential to reach millions of African farmers.
Africa Day, held on 15 November within COP23 in Bonn, was the springboard for the official launch of Africa NDC Hub, the African Platform for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
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.
More than ever, African youth have to overcome a long and hard journey to enter the labour market. Out of 11 million young people entering the job market in Africa every year, only 3 million end up in formal jobs and all do not have quality jobs.
Union Bank recently launched its N10 billion agricultural funding scheme on the platform of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, an all-inclusive lending program established to de-risk lending to the Nigerian agricultural sector.
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 .
The Republic of Mauritius has launched a US$191 million project supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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.
Africa can be the world’s breadbasket, numerous studies have suggested, painting a picture of a continent poised to emerge as a key supplier of food in a globe where population explosion and food price spikes are taking a toll on farmland produce.
Succor came the way of the over a thousand hitherto dejected traders affected by the Kano Market fire disasters few months ago as the renowned business mogul, Aliko Dangote made good his promise and donated N500m to rehabilitate them.
AgDevCo's Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) has announced new partnerships with a Senegalese rice miller and a Mozambican livestock company.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Purdue University in the United States have agreed to work together to make technologies available to millions of farmers in Africa.
Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and the Seychelles have informed the FiTI Secretariat of their desire to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).
The Senegalese government has announced that the country will work with UNCTAD to boost the competitiveness of its cashew and mango exports.
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.
Telecommunication provider, MTN has led the 2017 Top 50 Brands Nigeria for its innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), online engagement, national spread, and brand popularity.
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.
Business Day has discovered that Ghana is making multi-million contributions to the cultivation of onion in neighbouring West African countries.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a line of credit of US$ 3 million (synthetic local currency equivalent) to Union Trust Bank Sierra Leone to help finance projects and enterprises in transformational sectors.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) and VEGA Member Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) have announced a new partnership program.
That Kenya is in protracted competition with Ethiopia to entice investors and maintain the lead as the East African regional powerhouse is an open secret.
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
[Niger] European Union and LWR launch $1.6 million initiative to increase resilience of 10,000 farmers to climate change
Lutheran World Relief, with funding from the European Union, is launching a three-year initiative in Dosso, Niger to strengthen farmers’ resilience to climate change .
New houses, cars, expansion of farms, employment of extra labour, money to send children to school and less reliance on social grants. This is how a group of small scale farmers in Mpumalanga and Limpopo who participated in an agricultural upskill initiative.
The World Bank has approved $166 million to transform Malawi’s agricultural productivity through irrigation, lay the foundations for commercialization, and improve management of natural resources in the Shire Valley.
AfDB’s agricultural transformation strategy to guarantee 513 million tons of additional food production
The African Development Bank has developed a new initiative called the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation initiative – a knowledge- and innovation-based response to the recognized need to scaling up proven technologies across Africa.
Syngenta and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The savannahs of Africa cover a mind-boggling 600 million hectares, of which 400 million hectares are cultivable, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has said.
The African Development Bank has called for global support for Africa’s young farmers and “agripreneurs”, highlighting how agribusiness is the answer to employing the continent’s youth.
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.
The Commonwealth Secretariat and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have pledged to work closer together to help billions of people.
JTI (Japan Tobacco International) has been officially certified for the first time as a Top Employer in Africa, demonstrating its status as an employer of choice that puts people first.
A multi-million Naira Youth Farming Initiative that will engage teeming unemployed Nigerian graduates in rice farming has been launched by the Dangote Rice Limited in Kogi State.
African Development Fund approves US$ 141 million credit risk participations under Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) have approved a credit risk participations in eight loans cumulatively valued at US$ 141 by the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility (PSF).
Kyei Faried Owura is the brains behind Edwa Global Company, a Ghana based startup revolutionizing food purchase online in the local and international markets while creating jobs for farmers and players across the value chain.
On average fertilizer use most African countries is less than 10 percent of the world’s average with fertilizer access by especially smallholder farmers seems to be the biggest headache.
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.
COMESA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International Zambia.
Over 2,000 agribusinesses in the maize, rice and soy value chains in northern Ghana have in the last four years received more than $135 million in private capital support, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, TRM, is a name synonymous with strategy and tact. He has been a formidable juggernaut in retail and manufacturing industries across Africa.
The African Export-Import Bank will provide financial and advisory support to Burundi to facilitate the development of the energy, mining, tourism and agriculture sectors to contribute to the country’s economic recovery.
New AGCO agribusiness course to develop skills and strategic expertise to drive African agricultural prosperity
AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, is a lead partner in a brand-new training program being established to develop the talent to fill vital junior management roles in African agriculture.
[Bob Koigi] Column: Diversification to new frontiers the magic bullet to fixing unemployment in Africa
Africa’s smallholder farmers are the apex of agricultural output in the continent contributing a staggering 75 percent of all agricultural production and creating millions of jobs in the process.
The Bank of Agriculture and Nigeria Postal Service are collaborating to provide financial services to five million farmers across the country over the next two years.
Egypt and the United States have signed new bilateral assistance agreements and amendments worth over $100 million that support the Government of Egypt's economic reforms, Sustainable Development Plan 2030, and private sector led growth and job creation.
The Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) is set to open two cooking oil centers of excellence in Mchinji and Phalombe districts.
The Case IH Training Academy, a new initiative to encourage best practice in Zimbabwean agriculture, has been officially opened by Matthew Foster, Vice President in charge of Agricultural Commercial Development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Why liberalization of fertilizer market holds the promise of a prosperous Sub Saharan Africa
The world population is expected to grow by nine billion by 2050. Out of this meteoric growth, Sub-Saharan Africa will record the world’s largest growth, of three billion according to a Population Reference Bureau report.
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.
Farming and rural non farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth employment in Africa, FAO
Farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for Africa’s rising youth population, FAO has said at a high level forum
The Wide World Fund for Nature and the African Development Bank have joined forces to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub in addressing the impacts of climate change on the continent.
Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote told investors "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) − an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer
Olam International Ltd. invested $150 million in animal-feed mills and poultry farms in Nigeria as it seeks to boost its agribusiness venture in Africa’s biggest food market by population.
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.
New DNA technology seeks to save millions of Uganda and Tanzania farmers from effects of cassava disease
Scientists at The University of Western Australia are using new portable DNA sequencing technology for the first time in East Africa to help farmers fight the devastating impact of crop disease.
The Danish Government will guarantee a 10 per cent equity financing of a Joint Venture Company involving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and a Danish firm, Unibio A/S Limited.
11 African countries to benefit from $280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa programme
The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) has been launched as an innovative and transformative partnership and financing vehicle to drive inclusive agriculture transformation across the continent.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Mozambique.
Heifer International is working with the nonprofit Sirolli Institute to help farmers start or grow successful businesses.
Africa needs modern and sustainable infrastructure if the continent is to transform its economies and attain development aspirations as framed in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063,
AGCO leads new project to determine sustainable business models for smallholders and farm service centres
The transformation of on-farm mechanization can make a major contribution to improving rural livelihoods by boosting productivity and growth in rural incomes.
International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina has completed the acquisition of Air Connection, a specialized forwarder of flowers and vegetables following the approval by the Competition Authority of Kenya.
Cargill and over 10,000 Ghanaian cocoa farmers are celebrating as the company made its first ever sustainable premium payment by electronic transfer through its Licensed Buying Company (LBC).
African leaders and partners in the agriculture sector have validated the Feed Africa Strategy of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as a viable tool towards the transformation of agriculture on the continent.
The $1 million Safaricom Spark Venture Fund has announced its sixth and final investment in agri-tech startup iProcure.
In 2012, following the G8 in Camp David, USA, Syngenta announced an ambitious ten-year growth plan for our African business. This year marks the midway point in the company’s African growth journey.
Five years on: Syngenta’s Africa ambition bearing fruit, but access to technology by small farmers remains limited
In 2012, following the G8 in Camp David, USA, Syngenta announced an ambitious ten-year growth plan for our African business. This year marks the midway point in our African growth journey.
Over 200 Indian entrepreneurs have expressed interest investing in Rwanda’s various business projects including food processing, renewable energy and ICT.
Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary Vera Songwe has met with the principals of the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme , and the International Fund for Agricultural Development and agreed to work closely with them in a number of areas.
Uganda Coffee Development Authority in partnership with the African Fine Coffees Association is set to provide specialty coffee training in preparation for the annual Taste of Harvest competition and the country’s first ever coffee auction.
The AU-ECA-AfDB Land Policy Initiative (LPI) in partnership with the government of Madagascar have been holding a conference to validate the Country Report and Business Plan on Mainstreaming Land Governance
AgDevCo is teaming up with Nika, a group of experienced Mozambican investors, to rehabilitate a banana plantation with the intention of increasing the hectarage and yields.
The Centre for Food Safety of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has announced that the import into and sale within Hong Kong of raw oysters harvested in Zwembesi Farms of South Africa has been suspended with immediate effect.
Homie Recipes partners with West African Stevia Company and KOP Farms on sweetener cultivation and marketing
Homie Recipes, Inc. has entered into a joint venture agreement with the West African Stevia Company and KOP Farms located in Ghana, West Africa.
Pastoral communities in northern Kenya’s Isiolo and Marsabit counties suffer from frequent droughts and the effects of climate change.
30,000 Kenyan farmers set to benefit from $12.6 million project to increase milk quality, production
A public-private development partnership is launching a $12.6 million program to help 30,000 Kenyan farmers increase the quantity and improve the quality of the milk they produce in the Rift Valley and the country’s eastern region
Africa Development Bank is supporting the Government of Liberia to provide entrepreneurship training to young people in the agriculture value chain.
This week marks the World Water week, an important journey as the world debate, compare notes and develop solutions to some of the most biting water related challenges of our time.
One Thousand & One Voices, a U.S. private capital fund has announced its third investment in Sub-Saharan Africa with the acquisition of a specialist aquaculture business in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, has launched the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG).
KCB Foundation and Kenya Veterinary Association pick RippleNami to deliver livestock traceability program
Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation and Kenya Veterinary Association has selected RippleNami, Inc., a provider of blockchain map-based visualization platform to deliver the country’s first livestock identification and traceability program
[Zambia] AgDevCo invests $5 million in Katito Farming to stimulate investment in agricultural value chain
AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor, has invested $5.05m investment into Katito Farming Enterprises Limited (Katito).
The Centre for Food Safety of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned import of poultry meat and products from Pixley ka Seme Localand Abaqulusi Local Municipality, South Africa, following the outbreak of bird flu.
Kenya's horticulture industry which has emerged as one of the key foreign exchange earners for the country, and second to tea, has in the recent past been under threat due to incessant stalled export agreement with the European Union.
In another bold move for self-sufficiency in sugar production, Dangote Group has in Niger State signed an agreement with the State Government for the establishment of a $450million sugar complex.
PlantCatalyst partners with iDE to reduce Zambian farmers' reliance on chemical fertilizers and increase yield per hectare
PlantCatalyst® has entered into a partnership with iDE, to help farmers in Zambia reduce their reliance on chemical fertilizers and increase profit and yield per hectare.
Agro input company Elgon Kenya’s newly launched animal health department has entered into partnership with Netherlands based Interchemie a global powerhouse in animal health.
ACDI/VOCA has launched Alliance Agriculture in Nigeria, a private-sector-led partnership to pilot an integrated network of input supply, buyers, and smallholder farmers around shared use irrigation schemes.
Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc. a leading Canadian Clean-Tech company, reports that it’s organic and patent-pending soil inoculant Soil Activator® has gained final registration for sale in Côte D’Ivoire.
AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor, has announced a $450,000 debt investment into a Ugandan milling business, Talian Company Limited.
African countries notably Kenya and Ethiopia continue to feature prominently in the global flower industry with the sector being on a meteoric rise flower industry has been on a meteoric rise, both in production and exports.
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.