YEAR 2 | 29 JANUARY 2020
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Nigeria government seeks $1 billion loan to promote mechanized farming
The Federal government of Nigeria will be obtaining a $1billion loan from Deutsche Bank (DB), Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and Islamic Development Bank to promote mechanization of farming in the country. The loans will attract a three per cent interest, to be repaid over a period of 15 years. Mr Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and...
Côte d'Ivoire selects IGN FI to modernize its land administration system
Côte d'Ivoire has faced difficulties in administering property rights for many years. Manual processing of requests and complex procedures have been leading to delays and errors, undermining the effectiveness of administering and securing property rights for citizens. In order to address this state of affairs the Côte d'Ivoire’s Ministry of Construction, Housing...
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 in the East African-South African-Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) region. The specific objective of the project is: To support sustainable...
[Interview] Lateef Wiredu, CEO, Ilaha Ghana Company Ltd
Often regarded as one of the orphan crops as more farmers abandon it for more modern crops, the West African yam is making a big come back and conquering international markets thanks to the value addition efforts of Lateef Apau Wiredu, the owner and CEO of Ilaha Ghana Company Limited that specializes in the farming and export of agricultural...
[Column] Wandile Sihlobo: South Africa’s agricultural machinery market underperformed in 2019, how will 2020 be?
South Africa’s agricultural machinery market is one of those sectors that “feels the cold when farmers are sneezing”, and 2019 was certainly that case. South Africa’s primary agriculture underperformed because of drought and biosecurity issues, amongst other aspects. The constrained farmers’ income on the back of the aforementioned factors was reflected...
[Column] Nico Groenewald: Succeeding in agriculture in 2020
The broader agricultural economic environment is changing, and this would require us to revisit how we determine our success as well. If 2019 was the only reference point to get a glimpse of Agriculture in 2020 then "tough" is probably an appropriate description. On the supply side, drought, high temperatures, animal disease and phytosanitary challenges...
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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