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...

03-07-2020 | 12:21:00
[Nigeria] Agriculture Minister flags off wet season farming for APPEALS rice farmers
The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Alh. Mohammad Sabo Nanono flagged off the distribution of wet season farming support for improved rice production technologies among rice farmers at Tofai community.

03-07-2020 | 11:12:00
Olam to speed up innovation to address global food security
Olam International, in partnership with Agropolis Fondation, is on the hunt for ground-breaking scientific research that can deliver transformational impacts within global agriculture and win of $75,000 grant to support development.

03-07-2020 | 06:23:29
Global food commodity prices rebound in June, FAO Index
FAO expects new record-high global cereal production and comfortable stock levels for 2020/21, while food assistance needs up.

03-07-2020 | 06:07:00
WFP supplements government support to poor families hit by COVID-19 in Kenya
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched cash transfers and nutrition support for more than a quarter of a million people struggling to survive from the impact of COVID-19 on informal settlements in Nairobi.

02-07-2020 | 14:22:56
Water project boosts yields in Mozambique as farmers grapple with climate extremes
With funding from the African Development Bank the project provided irrigation kits, constructed boreholes, small dams and water troughs that boost farmers’ yields.

02-07-2020 | 07:34:09
[Column] Maria Helena Semedo: We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in Africa
The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises.

01-07-2020 | 09:38:00
Two wheel tractors assist Zimbabwe and Ethiopia farmers grow yields and income
Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia have embraced small-scale mechanization thanks to an innovative CIMMYT-led project, which is now drawing to a close.

01-07-2020 | 06:46:29
African Green Resources and African Fertilizer Agribusiness partner to boost crop yields in Zambia
An initiative, which involves a $40 million fertilizer-revolving facility and another $170 million for value addition is to be implemented in the Eastern, Northern, Western, Central, Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.

30-06-2020 | 14:27:00
AfreximBank receives $200 million financing from ITFC to boost agriculture sector in Sub Saharan Africa
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, has signed a $200 million syndicated Murabaha financing agreement with Afreximbank to support the agriculture sector in Sub Saharan Africa.

30-06-2020 | 07:20:00
World Bank approves $40 million emergency financing to support Somalia’s Desert Locust response
The World Bank approved a $40 million International Development Assistance (IDA) grant for Somalia as part of the Emergency Locust Response Program, which seeks to respond to the threat posed by the locust outbreak.

30-06-2020 | 06:46:00
IFC provides €10 million to Tunisian date exporter VACPA
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing €10 million in funding to the Tunisian date processing company VACPA.

26-06-2020 | 14:12:00
Japan provides support to drought affected people in Namibia
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received Japanese Government contribution of $ 700,000 that will enable WFP to provide food assistance to some 30,000 vulnerable people in Namibia.

26-06-2020 | 12:59:00
[Nigeria] IITA, Mastercard Foundation partnership to equip youth in agrifood value chain with skills
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), through its Youth in Agribusiness office, is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation in Nigeria to implement the Young Africa Works strategy.

26-06-2020 | 07:44:00
UNICEF, WFP partner to help fight malnutrition in Ethiopia
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a three-year partnership in Ethiopia to support the Government in preventing acute malnutrition in children and mothers.

26-06-2020 | 07:25:00
African Development Bank grants $1.1 million to improve meat production in Rwanda
The African Development Bank approved a donation of 1.1 million US dollars to the Rwandan government for the implementation of the Project of commercial competitiveness of the value chain of the meat.

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