YEAR 2 | 9 MARCH 2020
Government reaffirms commitment to quality seeds for Nigerian farmers
The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono stated that quality seed is a key input towards enhancing Agricultural productivity and ensuring food security, job creation and economic growth in Nigeria. Speaking during the National Seed Retreat organised by the National Agricultural Seeds...
AGRA supports South Sudan to release first ever hybrid maize variety
For the first time in history, farmers in South Sudan will now be able to grow four different hybrid maize varieties customized for their country’s environs, a move that experts believe will double or even triple the yield of the crop on their farms from the current 1.5 metric tons per hectare. South Sudan’s farmers have for a long time depended on seeds from...
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...
Nigerian Rice can compete favourably in the global market, Agriculture Minister
The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has lauded the effort of rice farmers in Nigeria, stating that it will help actualize Government’s agenda in the Agricultural sector being food sufficiency, job creation and economic growth. The Minister made this disclosure during a working visit to rice...
[Startup Interview] Uju Ojinnaka, CEO, Traders of Africa, Nigeria
As globalization increasingly opens borders of trade for Africa, Traders of Africa, a Nigerian startup is offering the continent’s farmers and traders an opportunity to tap into this goldmine through an online marketplace that showcases products grown, produced or manufactured in Africa only. The company currently operates in15 African countries...
[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...
[Startup Interview] David Finchman, Director, Tilapia Farming, South Africa
David Finchman is the Director of Tilapia Farming company in South Africa that is looking todevelop the infant industry across Africa and the value chain within the insatiable markets which exist. It is already operational in eight countries. He explains. Tell us a bit about Tilapia Farming and your role in the company Tilapia has become one of the...
[Column] Agnes Kalibata: Time to mend our relationship with food
Food is more than what we eat. It’s more than what satisfies our hunger. It’s more than what nourishes our bodies and our brains. It’s more than a cultural centerpiece or even an Instagram picture. Food is water, land, culture, labor, technology, economics, and policies. In a word, food is everything Today, our relationship with food is strained. The way we...
[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 Ngcobo...
Wanted: African Agribusiness Startups for Interviews
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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