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Published: 22 May 2020 12:25

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Africa:  Some Progress, But Africans Still Live With All Forms of Malnutrition - Global Nutrition Report

There are 37 countries worldwide that are fighting all three forms of malnutrition - and 27 of them are in Africa. "But we are seeing some progress," says Dr Jane Battersby, Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities, as the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) is released. Malnutrition, in all its forms, includes undernutrition ...

Source: Market Watch (18 May 2020 )  Share

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East Africa: Second locust wave could dampen East Africa's harvest hopes

Despite significant gains in the battle against desert locust infestations in 10 countries, mostly in East Africa, food security remains at risk, especially as a second wave of locusts now threaten what could otherwise be a promising crop harvest for the region. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in a statement that preliminary estimates indicated that 720 000t of grains had ...

Source: Farmer's Weekly (19 May 2020 )  Share

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Kenya, EU:  Sh2.4 Billion EU Aid to Fight Locusts, Assist Farmers

Kenya is set to get Sh2.4 billion from the European Union (EU) to assist in the fight against locusts, and support affected farmers amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement to the media Tuesday, the EU noted that countries within Europe under the banner "Team Europe" have put together a Sh16 billion package to bolster food security in Kenya and neighbouring ...

Source: The Nation (20 May 2020 )  Share

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Malawi:  Country Records Highest Agro Output in Years

Lilongwe — After successive years of food crises aggravated by extreme drought and flooding, things are looking up for Malawi, which is anticipating the highest output of the staple maize in five years. A significant increase in the production of such key commodities as millet, pulses and rice is also projected. The increased yields have driven down the prices ...

Source: CAJ News Agency (08 May 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Repositioning Nigeria's Agriculture Sector

Oluchi Chibuzor writes on the need to reposition Nigeria's agricultural sector through improved funding. In the face of dwindling oil revenue and the global economic challenges necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, there is need for the federal government to focus on its economic diversification agenda. This leaves the country with no other options but to ...

Source: This Day (14 May 2020 )  Share

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Tunisia:  52 Percent of Agri-Food Companies Expect Sector to Grow (Survey)

Tunis/Tunisia — 52% of food companies expect the sector to grow over the next six months, according to the results of a survey on the evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on the food industry carried out among 70 companies operating in the sector (milk, grain, canned food, meat ...). The survey carried out by the Bizerte Technopark also revealed that 46% of ...

Source: Tunis Afrique Presse (08 May 2020 )  Share

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Development and Aid

Africa: COVID-19 response must target African ag and the rural poor

By Olusegun Obasanjo and Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the continent looks like it could be the worst hit from the economic fallout of the crisis: 80 million Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty if action is not taken. Disruptions in food systems raise the prospect of more ...

Source: Africa Times (Finance) (17 May 2020 )  Share

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East Africa: Banks urged to support agribusiness recovery

Banks have been requested to provide liquidity to enable the struggling agri-businesses to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Source: The Citizen (21 May 2020 )  Share

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Ghana:  President Launches Gh¢1 Billion COVID-19 Support Fund ... for Msmes Affected By Pandemic

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched a GH¢1 billion COVID-19 Alleviation Business Support Programme to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The amount is expected to support businesses in areas such as agriculture and agribusiness, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, education, food ...

Source: Ghanaian Times (20 May 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Proposal to Dissolve Food Reserve Fund Sparks Disquiet

A proposal to dissolve the Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund (SFRTF) and have its functions transferred to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has sparked disquiet with a section of leaders from the Western region now alleging the hand of cartels in the decision. The decision, set to be implemented in the next six months, is said to have already been approved ...

Source: The Nation (16 May 2020 )  Share

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Liberia:  Agro-Development Group Buttresses COVID-19 Fight in Bong

VADEMCO senior trainer, Luciny Fofanah, along with elders in Yelliquelleh, Bong county. As the global novel Coronavirus continues to spread across Liberia, many local and international non-governmental organizations have joined the government to help curb the spread of the virus, especially in rural parts of the country. Many of these local and international NGOs have ...

Source: Liberian Observer (11 May 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: Efficient Power: Addressing a Critical Element in Nigeria's Agro-Industrial Revolution

As Nigeria’s government comes to grips with the economic slowdown that has followed the global spread of the novel Coronavirus, known as Covid-19, the agriculture sector is back in the spotlight as a viable foundation for sustainable and inclusive growth for Africa’s largest economy and most populated country. However, to truly harvest the potential of the country, most observers agree that large scale agribusinesses and agro-processing must be an integral part of the government’s economic policy.

Source: nairametrics (19 May 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: | Over 15k farmers to receive financial help from government

The department of agriculture and land reform says over 15 000 farmers have been approved to receive over R500 million from the Agricultural Disaster Fund. This financial is aimed at ensuring that South Africa does not add food insecurity to its woes as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has put more than half of the economy at a standstill. The department announced the R1.2 ...

Source: News24 (17 May 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Agriculture Sector Benefit From Afd Funding

DESPITE the coronavirus outbreak, Tanzania agriculture sector will benefit from a grant project financing from the French Development Agency (AFD), with the aim of catalysing a scaling up and out of organic agriculture in in the country. According to a statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the project financing agreement that was signed with the African Organic ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (14 May 2020 )  Share

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Investment - domestic

Ethiopia:  Flour, Biscuit Plant Breaks Ground in Debre Sina

A local food processing firm has constructed a flour and biscuit processing plant in Debre Sina town, 145Km north of the capital, with a total investment of 210 million Br. Vita Hydro Agro-Processing Plc, a sister company of Belayab Food Production Plc owned by three foreigners and two local business people, invested in the plant, which rests on two hectares of land. The ...

Source: Addis Fortune (05 May 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Boost for Local Farmers as Food Security Platform Ujuzikilimo Partners With Venture Capital Firm

Nairobi — Local small scale farmers are set will benefit for Sh18million worth of technical support as part of a social-economic recovery initiative by an agricultural technology solutions provider. The agricultural technology solutions firm UjuziKilimo has received support from Wadson Ventures; an Africa focused early-stage venture capital house. Speaking when ...

Source: Capital FM (15 May 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Fayemi - Promasidor's U.S.$5 Million Investment in Ekiti Will Boost Economy

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the investment by Promasidor Nigeria Limited to reactivate the moribund Ikun Dairy Farm in the state, as a major catalyst that would turn around the fortunes of the state when operational. Fayemi said the contribution has made Promasidor a core investor in Ekiti, saying production would have by now begun in ...

Source: This Day (15 May 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  FEC Approves $1.2 Billion Loan for Mechanisation of Agriculture

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a loan facility of $1.2 billion to finance the mechanisation of agriculture in the country. Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents after the virtual FEC meeting anchored from the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. ...

Source: Premium Times (14 May 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania: Tanzania’s East Africa Fruits closes Series A funding worth $3.1m

Tanzanian agri-tech company East Africa Fruits has closed a Series A funding round worth US$3.1 million as it aims to build essential supply chain infrastructure and better transport fresh produce directly from farms to urban marketplaces. Founded by social entrepreneur Elia Timotheo in 2013, East Africa Fruits addresses food distribution challenges to improve efficiencies ...

Source: Disrupt Africa (News) (09 May 2020 )  Share

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Investment - international

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda:  Multi-Country Project to Boost Food Production

A FIVE-YEAR multi-country project for Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda is investing 2 million Euros in grants to 14 Agri businesses in the three partner states. The investment from the Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (CRAFT), project is specifically targeting companies and farmers working in the sunflower, soybean, sesame, common beans, potato and sorghum value ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (13 May 2020 )  Share

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Production - arable

Ethiopia: Ethiopia deploys helicopters to spray new swarms of desert locusts

Ethiopia has deployed helicopters to spray new swarms of desert locusts that are eating crops and threatening the country's food security. The U.S. Agency for International Development warned that billions of the pests which have descended on East Africa in recent weeks targeting crops ...

Source: Farmers Review Africa (15 May 2020 )  Share

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Ghana:  Rice Farmers Might Benefit From COVID Pandemic

Rice plays a huge role in diets in Ghana, from the famous West African jollof rice to rice and stew - but most of these grains are imported. In 2019, Ghana launched Eat Ghana Rice, a campaign aimed at supporting the local rice industry, but imports still dominate. Demand for local rice has been on the increase in Ghana as a result of the campaign. But in markets ...

Source: Voice of America (13 May 2020 )  Share

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Ghana: La Cocoa Processing Company bénéficie d’un soutien de 3 millions $ de l’exécutif

(Agence Ecofin) - Au Ghana, la Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) a reçu récemment un appui financier de 3 millions $ du gouvernement pour étendre ses activités. D’après Nana Agyenim-Boateng, son directeur général, ce soutien antérieur à la pandémie de coronavirus permettra à la compagnie d’ouvrir une nouvelle installation pour la transformation des fèves ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (16 May 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  New Bugs, Found in Kenya, Can Help to Control Major Maize Pests

Insect pests, such as maize stemborers and fall armyworm, increasingly challenge food production around the world. Huge demands for crops have meant agricultural systems have simplified and frequently focused on single crops. When fields are full of a single crop they can easily be found by their insect pests, as opposed to when the crop is mixed in with others. Because ...

Source: The Conversation (04 May 2020 )  Share

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Liberia:  LIFADCO is to Lose Huge Quantities of Cassava If...

"Things are not fine with us, because our cassava is spoiling," said Karyea Tiah, one of the farmers in Buutuo. A local farming group, Liberia Farmers Development Cooperation (LIFADCO), is likely to lose huge quantities of cassava due to the lack of market amid prevalence of the Coronavirus disease. The group is said to have over 300 cassava farms across Nimba County, ...

Source: Liberian Observer (06 May 2020 )  Share

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Malawi:  Malawi Sugarcane Growers Body Decries Low Prices

Sugarcane Growers Association of Malawi (Sugam) has cited increasing sugarcane smuggling and low prices on the international market to be the main challenges to the declining of prices offered by the lone sugarcane buyer, Illovo Sugar Malawi PLC. No sweet news for sugar growers Sugam chairperson, Frighton Njolomole said Illovo (Plc) indicated that the decline comes ...

Source: Nyasa Times (01 May 2020 )  Share

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Mozambique:  No Agreement On Minimum Cotton Price

Maputo — The Mozambican farmers who produce cotton and the traders who purchase raw cotton have been unable to reach consensus on the new minimum price for cotton. Negotiations over the minimum price are held every year, but this time they broke down, because the buyers are insisting on a sharp reduction. The 2019 price for first grade cotton was 23 meticais ...

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (18 May 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Nasc Advocates Seed-Palliatives for Farmers

The Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Philip Ojo, has urged both the federal and state governments to consider providing seeds as palliatives to farmers amidst the devastating impact of COVID-19 in the country. He also said the seed industry currently has about 81,000 metric tons of certified seeds of rice, maize, sorghum, soyabean, ...

Source: This Day (18 May 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Tomato 'Ebola' Resurfaces in Kano, Ravages Farms

The Kano State chairman of Tomato Out Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN), Sani Danladi, has revealed that Tuta absoluta, one of the most devastating pests affecting tomato crops, has resurfaced in the state, destroying farms. Mr Danladi disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES in an interview on Thursday. Tuta absoluta is a species of moth in the family of Gelechiidae. It ...

Source: Premium Times (15 May 2020 )  Share

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Sudan:  UNDP Helps Expand Wheat Cultivation in White Nile

Khartoum — In a bid to boost wheat production and create jobs for residents and South Sudanese refugees, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has spear-headed a commercial wheat farming project in White Nile state, contributing to efforts to tackle food security and livelihoods in the area that hosts more than 260,000 refugees. The UNDP-funded initiative, the first ...

Source: Radio Dabanga (18 May 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Tanzania's Avocados Go From Zero to Sh28bn-a-Year Crop

Dar es Salaam — Avocados have become Tanzania's latest green gold, bringing in at least $12 million (Sh27.6 billion) annually, up from zero five years ago, a new report reveals. Less than ten years ago, avocado exports never existed. But, data from Tanzania's private sector horticultural apex body, the Tanzania Horticultural Association (Taha), as well as the ...

Source: The Citizen (11 May 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Of Winter Wheat, Future of Agriculture

The winter wheat target of 415 000 tonnes set by Government for this year is a good start for an aggressive agricultural driven economic trajectory that will result in food security. To achieve the national food security, what is important is to ensure that the approach used in the winter wheat programme is applied to other crops like maize and traditional grains. ...

Source: The Herald (21 May 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Lockdown - Crops Rot in Fields

Miriam Madzivanyika, a farmer in Mazowe -- 40km north of Harare -- grows a variety of crops on their 330-hectare farm she runs with her husband. Their cucumber crop is ready for harvest, but the ongoing lockdown has disrupted their operations. "The market for the crops has terribly shrunk. Today, I filled six sacks with cucumbers intending to take them to my usual ...

Source: Zimbabwe Independent (15 May 2020 )  Share

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Production - fishing and aquaculture

Rwanda:  Rwandan Youth Secure Government Deal to Revamp Fish Ponds

Rwandan students, who graduated from different universities in Israel and Rwanda in the field of aquaculture and fish production have secured a one-year deal from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources to help government increase national ponds' fish production from between 4,000 and 10,000 Kilogrammes to about 3,000,000 Kilogrammes (three million Kilogrammes). ...

Source: The New Times (18 May 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania: Tanzania government draws up plan for deep-sea fishing

The government yesterday said it has prepared a business plan for reviving the Tanzania Fishing Corporation (Tafico) in order to benefit from deep-sea fishing.

Source: Tanzanian Citizen (16 May 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Fishing Industry Base Firm

THE government has announced that stern measures to control illegal fishing and disputes between farmers and pastoralists have significantly increased the contribution of the sector to the country's economy. At least 392,933 tonnes of fish worth over 1.85trn/- were fished between July 2019 and March 2020, further cutting imports of fisheries to 8.18tonnes worth some ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (15 May 2020 )  Share

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Production - livestock

Ghana: ADB invests GH¢500m in poultry sector

The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has partnered the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and three other institutions to set in motion an ambitious programme meant to end the country’s dependence on imported poultry products and create jobs for the youth. The initiative aims to invest a total of GH¢500 million of soft loans in businesses in the poultry value ...

Source: Graphic Online (Business) (21 May 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: | Coronavirus | Why the risk of a meat shortage is different in SA

As the US grapples with a meat-supply crunch that has sent suppliers of plant-based alternatives into overdrive, experts say the scenario is likely to play out differently in South Africa. Large numbers of employees at US meat-processing facilities tested positive for the virus, and the spread of infections near US meat packing plants increased at a nearly twice the national ...

Source: News24 (17 May 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: African swine fever hits SA: What you need to know

African Swine Fever has hit South Africa again, with government confirming cases in the Eastern Cape over the weekend. This has caused some panic that the pork industry could face a listeriosis-like crisis, but experts believe ...

Source: Business Insider (13 May 2020 )  Share

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South Africa:  Fight Against Foot-and-Mouth Outbreak Makes Progress

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development says good progress, has been made in the investigation of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Limpopo's Molemole Municipality. The department said following initial trace-back exercises, the outbreak was linked to four auctions held at two auction premises in September and October 2019. "Testing of ...

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Zimbabwe:  Farmers Must Treat Cattle Rearing Like Business

Obert Chifamba — Thousands, if not millions of cattle farmers countrywide, spent the better part of 2018 and 2019 battling to contain rampaging tick-borne diseases that left most of them without even a single beast. So devastating were the losses that the majority will not easily recover to relaunch their farming careers once again, which essentially means they ...

Source: The Herald (05 May 2020 )  Share

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Angola:  Quiminha Cancels Banana and Potato Exports Due to Covid19

Luanda — The Quiminha Integrated and Regional Agricultural Project, located in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo, northern Bengo Province, has canceled, for now, the plan to export bananas and potatoes to Europe, planned for this year, due to the pandemic of Covid-19 and the non certification of the product, its deputy director-general, Pedro Silveira, announced on ...

Source: Angola Press Agency (11 May 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia, Turkey:  Three Firms Win Deal to Supply Wheat Worth $128m

Three overseas companies won a bid to supply 600,000tn of wheat that will be used for market stabilisation and emergency responses. The government will spend 127.9 million dollars for the procurement. Martina Mertens Sample, a Turkish company, secured the largest share of the project to supply half of the wheat for 65.9 million dollars. London-based company GemCorp ...

Source: Addis Fortune (19 May 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Small business owner in Ethiopia sees a future in ag products

Tewodros Yilma of Alpha Trading in Ethiopia discusses his business processing and exporting agricultural products, the role of trade fairs and his plans for the future ...

Source: Trade for Development News (14 May 2020 )  Share

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Morocco: Morocco's exports of fruits & veggies cross one-million ton threshold

Despite the current global difficult situation triggered by covid-19 pandemic, Morocco’s exports of fruits & vegetables crossed this season the million-ton threshold, increasing by 6 pc to 1,077,000 ton ...

Source: The North Africa Post (13 May 2020 )  Share

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Rwanda, China:  Rwandan Chili to Be Auctioned on China's e-Commerce Platforms

Rwandan chili is set to be auctioned online in China after local coffee performed well in campaigns targeting consumers on China's e-commerce platforms Chili is among the Rwandan products being exported to China under the electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP). Rwanda and the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in 2018 signed an agreement that opened doors for small ...

Source: The New Times (19 May 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: | SA wine prices set to fall as bulk producers race against time

Bulk wine producers in South Africa are in a race against time to fulfil their overseas contracts as well as to conclude next year's trade agreements amid fluctuating exchange rates and a backlog on exports.  This is largely due to delays caused by changes in the lockdown regulations relating to the wine grape harvest, wine processing, transport and exports during the ...

Source: News24 (16 May 2020 )  Share

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Sudan, Saudi Arabia:  First Shipment of Sudanese Meat to Saudi Arabia Launched

KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Sudan on Saturday shipped over 20 tons of red meat to Saudi Arabia, the first such consignment of Sudanese meat exports to Saudi Arabia. Sudan has recently inaugurated a huge automatic slaughterhouse in Kadaro area, a Khartoum suburb for preparing meat, an added value, away from dispatching live stock to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and Egypt among ...

Source: SudaNow (11 May 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania: Govt eyes ready meat market in Arab nations

THE government is upbeat over penetrating into meat market in Arab nations as construction of a new stateof- the-art Vingunguti abattoir in the city nears to completion. Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Livestock, Mr Abdallah Ulega, stated on Monday after learning that the construction of the project is expected to complete by end of next July. The deputy ...

Source: Daily News (Business) (20 May 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Ugandans Spent Shs50 Billion On Importing Fish

Ugandans at least spent close to Shs50b on fish imports for the year ended December 2019 despite being one of the biggest fish producer in East Africa. The country, which is the biggest export source of fish for much of the East African region, equally spends on imports from as far as China, according to a Ministry of Finance report, which analyses about 1,500 imported ...

Source: The Monitor (21 May 2020 )  Share

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Land rights/Land reform

Kenya: Land row threatens meat plant operations

A PROTRACTED land row pitting Happy Sausages Limited and the Arusha Municipal Council is now threatening the operations of the meat processing plant in the region. According to firm’s manager Mr Charles Hotay, the corruption-related dispute has seen the company experience difficulties in paying its staff. “Much as our title deed has been ...

Source: Daily News (Business) (04 May 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation is Doubling Farmers’ Yields

The African Development Bank-funded Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation programme (TAAT) has set the ambitious target of reaching 40 million farmers in the next five years and adding 120 million metric tons of additional foodstuffs in the African food basket, valued between US$1.5 billion to $2.8 billion. Since its launch in 2018, TAAT has started ...

Source: African Development Bank Group (11 May 2020 )  Share

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Cameroon, Ghana: Cargill leverages technology to improve transparency in pursuit of a thriving cocoa sector

With the use of barcoded cocoa bags and digital Cooperative Management Systems (CMS), 50 percent of sustainable cocoa beans in the global direct supply chain are now traceable from farm-to-factory. read more

Source: Press Release Point (19 May 2020 )  Share

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Women and Youth in Agribusiness

Africa:  Africa's Youth Scholars Harvest Ideas On the Business of Agriculture

In Rwanda, Benimana Uwera Gilberthe, a scholar and pepper producer, experienced first-hand the challenges of breaking into agribusiness. While in Nigeria, Ayoola Adewale is trying to understand if poultry egg farming will prove a profitable and viable business opportunity to the youth of the continent's most populous nation. Also in Nigeria, Esther ...

Source: Inter Press Service (12 May 2020 )  Share

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Liberia:  Traditional Harvest Threatens Women's Health in Small-Scale Fisheries

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought another setback to every sector of life across the world. In Liberia's challenged health system, many women are said to be ignorant of the threat that smoke poses to their health while drying fish. Experts say smoke creates blindness and other eye problems for people, and Gabrielyn Mombo, resident of West Point, is one of those ...

Source: Liberian Observer (06 May 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Govt Washes Its Hands Of Maize, Fertilizer

Nairobi — The government has announced that it will no longer directly buy, sell, or set maize prices in the country to create an efficient and competitive food market. Speaking in Nairobi, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya added that the government will also no longer purchase, distribute, sell or set prices of fertilizer, seeds, or any farm inputs. ...

Source: Capital FM (21 May 2020 )  Share

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South Africa:  Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Celebrates World Bee Day

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development joins the world and in particular the horticultural community and beekeeping community in celebrating the World Bee Day today. It is important to acknowledge and recognise the role of honeybees in the agricultural sector and their benefit to humankind. As we celebrate World Bee Day the critical role played ...

Source: Government of South Africa (21 May 2020 )  Share

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