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[Tanzania] SourceTrace connects 5,000 vanilla farmers to new markets
SourceTrace, a player in digital innovations in the agriculture and allied segment, is extending its farm management solution to Natural Extracts Industries Ltd (NEI), based in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, thus supporting the income security of 5,000 vanilla farmers. As a company engaged in the production of premium flavouring ingredients...
Ethiopian farm practices bring returns on investments in soil and water management
With significant advances on restoring degraded landscapes, and new policies on soil strategies and water technology, cross-sectoral and cross-scale approaches are showing results in Ethiopia. Together, they can greatly enhance the impacts of agricultural investments the country is already making and may make in the future...
Technoserve partners with US Department of Agriculture to increase yields, boost revenues of 48,000 cashew farmers in Benin
The BeninCajù program, a partnership between TechnoServe and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is working with 48,000 smallholder cashew farmers to increase yields, boost revenue, and encourage domestic processing. As one of the most valuable nuts in the world, cashew has the potential to transform Benin’s economy – and the lives...
[Column] Wandile Sihlobo: Southern Africa could face another season of poor agricultural output
There are preliminary indications that Southern Africa could face yet another year of poor agricultural output. A recent report from the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) indicates a high probability of below-normal rainfall in Southern Africa between December 2019 and February 2020. There is, therefore...
Africa Business Communities Networking Event | Nairobi | 13 February 2020
Africa Business Communities is open for networking! Every last Thursday of the month you are welcome to meet our team and network. This edition Africa Business Communities founder Bas Vlugt will join us. Please note: this is an open, informal, non-sponsored networking event. There will be no program - so no waste of time - this is pure business networking...
NEWS HEADLINES

18-09-2020 | 13:05:00
Bunge unveils shea butter processing plant in Ghana, the largest in Africa
Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC), the specialty oils and fats business of Bunge Limited, has announced the opening of its state-of-the-art shea butter processing facility in Tema, Ghana.


18-09-2020 | 06:04:41
[South Africa] Naspers Foundry invests in FSN to boost food ordering system
Naspers Foundry, Naspers’s R1.4 billion early-stage tech investment vehicle aimed at boosting the South African tech sector, has closed its third deal, an investment in Food Supply Network (FSN).


17-09-2020 | 06:25:56
Rwanda government, scientists introduce disease-resistant cassava varieties to farmers
The Government of Rwanda has been working with partners to find clean, safe, and productive cassava seeds.


16-09-2020 | 07:12:57
World Bank provides additional agricultural support for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia
The World Bank approved a $80 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to support the government of Ethiopia boost agricultural productivity and enhance market access for smallholder farmers.


15-09-2020 | 09:21:00
The U.S., Chipsy for Food Industries renew partnership to improve farmer livelihoods in Egypt
The U.S. government, through the USAID and Chipsy for Food Industries, a PepsiCo Egypt company, renewed a partnership that boosts the productivity of farmers and builds a more transparent and sustainable potato supply chain.


15-09-2020 | 07:22:38
Isuzu invests in South African farmers
Supporting communities who are affected by natural disasters is a key pillar guiding Isuzu Motors South Africa's (IMSA) corporate social responsibility initiatives.


11-09-2020 | 13:10:00
Zambia sets global benchmark for community forest conservation
Twelve communities in the Luangwa Valley are benefitting from direct cash payments of K50 million ($2.3 million) thanks to a partnership with forest conservation business BCP.


11-09-2020 | 06:16:46
GreenTec invests in Cameroon digital farm startup Freshbag
GreenTec has announced its investment in Freshbag, an innovative digital Cameroon platform that connects farmers and vendors to ensure a fair and reliable food supply network.


10-09-2020 | 07:45:00
Continental Reinsurance leverages Agritask's risk management platform to enhance agricultural reinsurance across Africa
Continental Reinsurance, the largest private pan-African reinsurer, has selected the Agritask risk management platform to enhance its agricultural reinsurance operations.


10-09-2020 | 06:35:00
Africa’s 60 million farms offer opportunities for urban food markets, report
The 2020 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) has been launched at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual summit in Kigali, Rwanda.


09-09-2020 | 08:05:00
Success of Olam food distribution mobile app in Ghana inspires West African rollout
Olam Markets, Ghana's first and only B2B mobile app in the food sector, has made such a positive impact with grocery distributors that its owner, global food and agri-business Olam International, is now planning to take the app into West Africa.


07-09-2020 | 10:30:00
FMO invests $10m into eco.business Fund to boost biodiversity conservation in sub-Saharan Africa
The eco.business Fund has received a commitment of $10 million from Dutch development financier, FMO for its recently launched sub-Saharan Africa sub-fund.


07-09-2020 | 10:16:00
Lato Milk expands its footprint to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Malawi
Pearl Dairy Farms is now exporting its range of milk powder products to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Sudan underpinned by the ratification of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.


04-09-2020 | 11:29:00
Government pumps over N600b for food security and sustainability in Nigeria
Nigerian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development said the Federal Government will inject over N600 billion as stimulus-response into the agriculture sector, targetting small scale farmers, to ensure food security and sustainability.


04-09-2020 | 09:44:00
Global food prices rise in August, FAO Index
Global food prices rose for the third consecutive month in August, influenced by generally firmer demand and a weaker U.S. dollar, according to a report released by FAO.


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