YEAR 2 | 5 MARCH 2020
South Africa agriculture equipment market to reach over $600 million by end of 2025, Ken Research
By the end of 2023, tillage equipment would continue to lead the market share capturing over 27 per cent annual growth and registering a growth of close to two percent during 2018-2023 according to Ken Research in its latest study “South Africa Agricultural Equipment Market Outlook to 2025 - By Product Type. Tractors market is likely to expand with a CAGR close...
BASF opens Africa’s first customer experience center in Kenya
German human nutrition company and food ingredients supplier, BASF has opened a Customer Experience Centre in Nairobi, Kenya to provide tailor-made support for formulation and application of food solutions. The center offers an open space architectural design that fosters closer collaboration and nurtures cross industry pollination, allowing BASF...
[Kenya] Rockefeller Foundation invests $6 million in mango value chain
Rockefeller Foundation has released a grant of $6 million to go towards value addition initiatives in mango farming in Kenya through its YieldWise Food Loss initiative. Betty Kibaara, the Director in charge of Food Initiative at the Rockefeller foundation says the funding aims at helping reduce post-harvest losses of mangoes that currently stands at 90%...
Guinea-Bissau, IFAD partner to build farmers’ resilience to climate change
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced support for a new project in Guinea-Bissau to reduce poverty, increase productivity and incomes, improve food and nutrition security and build the resilience of at least 287,000 small-scale farmers in the face of climate change. Guinea-Bissau is one of the world’s least developed...
[Nigeria] Government sets up SAPZs, targets food sufficiency, employment and revenue generation
The Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the setting up of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs) as a major strategy in the economic diversification programme and repositioning for sustainable economic growth and development. This was revealed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad...
[Startup Interview] Priscilla Musenge, Director, Prote-IN, Zambia
Inspired by the school of thought that holds that insects are the future of food, Priscilla Musenge runs a Zambia-based startup Prote-IN producing low cost, high quality protein alternatives from insects to make fish, chicken, pig feed, fertilizer as well as for human consumption. Prote-IN is a newly registered Zambian company, whose mission is to produce low cost...
[Startup Interview] Mhlengi Ngcobo, CEO, CoffeMM, South Africa
CoffeeMM, a South African startup in the coffee business has been working with smallholder farmers in South Africa, Mozambique, Burundi and Zimbabwe to process their raw coffee for the retail market. Besides connecting them to international markets and boosting their earnings, the startup has also assisted in creating a viable value chain. Mhlengi...
[Column] Paul Makube: South Africa petrol and diesel price decrease bring relief to farmers
The latest drop in the South Africa fuel and diesel prices of 19c and 55c a litre, respectively, as a result of lower oil prices on the back off the coronavirus, will provide relief for farmers. The cumulative decrease in petrol and diesel so far this year will help limit the impact of the expected fuel levy increase of 25c per litre by April 2020. This will likely contribute...
Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa. Are you a startup in Africa and interested in an interview? Great! Send an e-mail to These are some of the Startup Interviews that we have published in the past few months...

31-03-2020 | 10:00:39
Angola’s local government targets rural communities with poultry farming
About three hundred chicks for the promotion of family poultry farming have been distributed to families in the locality of Angola’s Quirima do Hola.

31-03-2020 | 07:08:59
[Column] Nelson Maina: Kenya flower sector should blossom beyond COVID-19
Devastating scenes of flower workers disposing tens of thousands of blooms on a daily basis have come to symbolize the extent of the damage the Coronavirus has visited on the Kenya floriculture sector.

31-03-2020 | 07:05:00
Nestle records gains restoring forests in cocoa supply chains of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
Nestlé, the Swiss multinational food and drink processing company has reported significant progress in its efforts to help end deforestation and restore forests in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

30-03-2020 | 14:33:38
ACTESA working with AGRA to fast track seed harmonization in COMESA Member States
ACTESA, a Specialized Agency of COMESA, is collaborating with AGRA to fast-track trading by seed companies on the harmonized COMESA Seed Trade Platform.

30-03-2020 | 11:31:00
African Development Bank approves $8.25 million loan to food producer Olivine Industries in Zimbabwe
The African Development Bank Group has approved a $8.25 million corporate loan to Olivine Industries to support the company’s food production expansion plan in Zimbabwe.

27-03-2020 | 10:01:00
Researchers build the go-to dataset for smallholder farms
Top-down projects for improving the lives of poor farmers were often unsuccessful because they didn’t systematically consider the diverse rural households survive and thrive.

27-03-2020 | 07:52:55
EBRD boosts olive oil sector in Morocco
The EBRD is helping to develop the olive oil sector in Morocco with a loan of up to MAD 55 million to Al Dahra Holding subsidiaries, Al Dahra Morocco Factories and Al Dahra Morocco.

27-03-2020 | 06:24:00
[Botswana] Food delivery startup MyFoodness rebrands and expands to Tanzania
Botswana food delivery startup MyFoodness has rebranded as Yamee and announced its entry into the Tanzanian market with a launch in Dar es Salaam.

26-03-2020 | 11:48:51
[Zimbabwe] Musika, Kemiko partnership provides ready market for 1,000 cassava growers
Musika has signed an agreement with Kemiko Limited to help increase its processing capacity and provide a secure and ready market to 1,000 smallholder cassava growers.

26-03-2020 | 11:45:00
Cameroon government seeks $107 million financing from ITFC to bolster soybean and cotton seed processing
The government of Cameroon is seeking $106.9 millon financing from The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) for acquisition of soybean and cotton seed for processing.

26-03-2020 | 10:12:16
Kenya plants first BT cotton seed
Kenya has now joined six other African countries in commercial cultivation of Bt cotton.

26-03-2020 | 09:58:00
Partnerships key for harmonizing biosafety regulations in Africa, study
The latest report on global status of commercialized biotech crops shows a total of 70 countries have adopted biotech crops through cultivation and importation.

25-03-2020 | 13:23:50
[Column] Kalongo Chitengi: An inclusive approach to sustainable agriculture
For over a century the world has marked the month of March with tributes to women for strides made in elevating women’s achievements.

25-03-2020 | 12:00:00
[Angola] Organic fertilizer manufacturer Soiadubo to double production capacity with eye on exports
The organic fertilizer plant will this year double its current production capacity from 80,000 tonnes a day to 160,000.

25-03-2020 | 09:19:00
[Column] Peter Setou: South Africa land reform is both a human rights and constitutional imperative
There are rising calls for the South African government to revisit and address the land reform issue.

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