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

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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