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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

17-02-2020 | 11:49:00
Japan donates 4,750 metric tons of rice to refugees in Uganda
Japan’s Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Kazuaki Kameda has handed over 4,758 metric tons of rice for distribution to refugees and socially vulnerable people including those in communities hosting refugees.


17-02-2020 | 07:19:00
African Union launches second Biennial Review Report on Africa’s agricultural status
The African Union has launched the second Biennial Review Report on the implementation of the June 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth.


17-02-2020 | 07:16:00
South Africa bans poultry imports from Poland due to Avian Influenza outbreak
South Africa has instituted a ban on poultry imports from Poland due to recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.


14-02-2020 | 11:05:00
Kenya government to establish coffee research institution to revive sector
The national government has announced that it will establish a coffee research institution, as a measure to revive coffee farming and production in the country amidst dwindling fortunes.


14-02-2020 | 08:35:00
Egypt’s first commodities exchange market to start operations in 2021
Egypt plans to start operating its first commodities exchange by January 2021 which will provide commodity markets with greater price stability.


14-02-2020 | 06:39:16
[South Africa] Phatisa acquires food supplier Rolfes
Phatisa, through its Food Fund 2, together with Sabvest, Masimong Chemicals and Rolfes management, have acquired the entire issued share capital of Rolfes Group.


13-02-2020 | 07:43:00
Coffee, smallholder farmers power Ethiopia’s economy, report
Ethiopia's agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors, which contributed 31.1 per cent to the country's GDP in 2018, are crucial sectors as they employ two thirds of its labour force.


13-02-2020 | 05:58:00
Morocco’s agri-food exports hit 3.1 million tonnes
Exports of agri-food products reached around 3.1 million tons during the 2018-2019 campaign in terms of volume, the first time in history according to the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture has said.


12-02-2020 | 12:38:42
[Column] Rico Basson: South African wine industry shifting gears
The South African wine industry is entering a new phase of repositioning, consolidation and reinvestment.


11-02-2020 | 13:06:00
[Column] Eric Kimunguyi: We need sober debate on regulation of crop protection products
The modern world is built on chemicals, be it medicines we apply, or cleaning fluids, crop protection products, or the raw materials for everything from laptops and mobile phones.


11-02-2020 | 11:31:00
Ceres South Africa farms embrace renewable energy
Ceres Fruit Growers, an employer in the verdant fruit producing valley, owns half of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing which sells fruit from Ceres and Two-a-Day in Grabouw.


11-02-2020 | 07:39:00
Mozambique, IFAD join to combat climate change and increase food security
IFAD announced support for a new programme to increase incomes, improve food and nutrition security and build the resilience of at least 902,500 rural Mozambican farmers, in one of the African countries most affected by climate change.


11-02-2020 | 07:30:00
IFAD, Tunisia invest in improving the livelihoods of poor rural families
The International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) announced support for a new project that aims to reduce rural poverty in the region of Kairouan, one of the most disadvantaged in the country.


11-02-2020 | 06:37:00
Liberia struggles to meet cassava shipping requirements
Liberia is currently struggling to meet cassava shipping requirements. This poses as a huge risk as the cassava sector stands to lose $15m from a contract with a China-based company.


11-02-2020 | 06:34:00
IFAD to provide $43 million to boost aquaculture in Mozambique
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced a new project to increase production and incomes for more than 88,000 rural small-scale fish farmers through aquaculture.


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