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Published: 23 Apr 2019 12:54

 Agribusiness (45) 

Production - arable

Kenya: Coffee price down year-to-date low

The price of Kenyan coffee continued on a downward streak this week hitting the lowest point recorded this year on shedding 15 percent at the weekly sale.

Source: Business Daily Africa (11 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Malawi:  Pigeon peas production choked with lack of market in Balaka

Lilongwe, April 13, 2019:  Pigeon peas ( Nandolo ) farmers in Balaka are in fear that unreliable markets and long distances to the same may choke progress made in the production of the crop if the challenge is not sorted out.  Since the farmers were organised into an association under Farm Input Diversification Programme (FIDP) Phase 11 in 2016 in Traditional ...

Source: Malawai News Agency (Agriculture) (15 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Mozambique: Hunger stalks Mozambique after deadly cyclone destroys farmland

NHAMPUEPUA, Mozambique (Reuters) - Fulai Joaquim has enough food to feed his 10 children for another week, maybe two. Then, he says, it is in the hands of God. A cyclone ripped his cassava crop from the ground, leaving the roots to rot in the field, and the floods that followed washed away his maize...

Source: Reuters-Environment (01 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Wandile Sihlobo: The good news about food prices

There could be some positive news ahead for weary consumers when it comes to food prices, with global trends having a positive impact on SA. The March 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided further evidence that the world will have fairly large maize, soybean, and rice supplies...

Source: News24 (02 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa:  If You Think Legalising Marijuana is Bad, Think Again

interview By Jerry Chifamba Cape Town — With the cannabis industry exploding, the Cannabis Expo in Cape Town provides the perfect platform provides the perfect platform for international and local medical health professionals, agribusiness and lifestyle brands to engage with industry experts and the public around this versatile plant...

Source: (05 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Agbiz calls for more research into growing and trading in cannabis

An organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises nationally has called for more research into the growing and trading of cannabis in SA and the rest of the world...

Source: Business Day (08 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - livestock

Botswana:  Drought-Parched Botswana Struggles to Keep Cattle Culture Alive

As climate change brings more frequent droughts, raising cattle is harder in Botswana - but herders say they will hold on. Longer and harsher droughts are driving a growing share of Botswana's traditional cattlemen to give up their animals...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: EDITORIAL: Resolve KMC’s woes

The Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), the struggling State abattoir, has gone ahead and formed a debt collection task force, showing that its troubles have been rising and straining the loss-making facility even as it faces privatisation. According to the managing commissioner, James ole Seriani, KMC owes farmers more than Sh250 million...

Source: Business Daily Africa (08 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Pastoralist zone abattoirs to get Sh800m W. Bank facelift

The World Bank will spend Sh800 million on equipping slaughterhouses in four counties to promote local and export market for livestock products. The abattoirs, which are part of the economic stimulus programme, are being constructed in Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo and Mandera counties. Livestock Principal Secretary Harry ...

Source: Daily Nation (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya:  Drought Pushes Dairy Processors to Milk Kenyans Dry

By Muchemi Wachira Processors have reduced the prices of raw milk despite a high demand for the commodity, which is in short supply because of the prolonged drought, leaving farmers angry and analysts puzzled. Some have even increased the price of processed milk as farmers continue to suffer. Early this week, the New Kenya Cooperative Creameries, the only processor ...

Source: Daily Nation (13 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  Why Country's Insecure Forests Are Fertile Ground for Cattle Rustlers

analysis Northern Nigeria has become a thieving and killing field for cattle rustlers who maraud the region's ungoverned forests, stealing cattle and killing herders. Attacks have taken place in in ...

Source: The Conversation (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: SA still among top chicken producers for cost, efficiency - report

South Africa remains an efficient chicken producer in the global context and has consistently produced chicken more cheaply than European Union ...

Source: fin24 (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Tanzania:  Poultry Production Cost Cut As Insects Are Used As Feed

By Josephine Christopher Dar es Salaam — Soy and fishmeal are main protein sources for chickens and fish by farmers. But they are costly. Although the government exempted value added tax on the locally produced poultry feeds, still prices are extremely high. Globally the use of insects as a viable animal feed has been increasing due to their high energy and ...

Source: The Citizen (11 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Uganda: How you can manage bird flu

One of the major problems poultry farmers face is bird flu (Avian Influenza or HPAI H5). This is a viral disease that affects wild birds, captive wild birds and domestic poultry, including backyard chickens, according to Dr Samuel Nsubuga, a veterinary doctor affiliated to Smart Agribusiness Forum Africa.

Source: The Monitor (13 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - non-consumables

Zimbabwe:  Forex Payments for Cotton Farmers

By Elita Chikwati Cotton growers will this season be paid half of their money in foreign currency and the remaining half in RTGS dollars as Government promotes the production of export crops. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor Dr John Mangudya and Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Deputy Minister Vangelis Haritatos yesterday confirmed the ...

Source: The Herald (11 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - fishing and aquaculture

Kenya: With 400,000 fingerlings, farmer scales the heights in fish farming

Huge greenhouses welcome one to Elgon Fish Farm in Trans Nzoia County. Seeing the structure, one may not understand why Alfred Kiboi, the owner of the farm, has named it a fish farm yet it appears he grows crops in the greenhouses. However, the former accountant who retired in 1996 from the civil service practises mainly ...

Source: Daily Nation (06 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: Small scale farmers receive training on fish production

An international non-profit research organisation known as WorldFish, has trained small scale fish farmers in Nigeria on how to increase their productivity and boost their profits. The organisation had during the earlier training demonstrated fast growing diseases resistant tilapia, catfish and others species of fish to the trainees before teaching them about value addition to the commodities in order to prevent post harvest losses.

Source: Punch (11 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa:  Minister Senzeni Zokwana Briefs Media On South African Fisheries

press release Statement by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana at the media briefing on fisheries held today, 09 April 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel in OR Tambo Airport Our country, in the past few years, has evolved as a critical player in the international bodies within the fisheries sector. We are no more a spectator country in ...

Source: Government of South Africa (09 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Investment - domestic

South Africa: South Africa's agribusiness firm Afgri opens a new investment unit to boost growth

Afgri Group, a South African agribusiness firm, has unveiled the ‘AFGRI Grain Silo Company Proprietary Limited, as the firm’s new investment vehicle poised to increase investments and expand its operation. Chris Venter, Afgri Group chief executive said the move will allow the company to significantly grow the business

Source: Food Business Africa (09 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Bank of Athens rebrands as GroBank with a focus on agribusiness

The Bank of Athens on Monday rebranded itself as GroBank with a strong focus on agribusiness after seven decades of operating in South Africa. This comes after agricultural production investment company, AFGRI Group Holdings, acquired the majority shareholding in the Bank of Athens in October 2018, together with GroCapital Holdings, Fairfax Africa and the Public Investment Corporation.

Source: Citizen (08 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Investment - international

Africa: Doing business in Africa, for Africa

Since Olam’s inception in Nigeria – sourcing cashews – in 1989, the agricultural landscape in Africa has evolved into an engine for economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction and food security. Prompted by the reality of the global financial crisis and market volatility, the liberalisation of the agricultural sector by African governments has created new opportunities for private investment, boosting economic growth and with it, the opportunity for smallholder farmers.

Source: (13 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana, Africa: Agriculture Fast Track Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness SMEs in Ghana and seven other African countries

The African Development Bank will launch 17 new grant projects funded by the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) in support of agribusiness Small- and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) in eight African countries – Ghana (4), Tanzania (4), Burkina Faso (2), Malawi (2), Mozambique (2), Ethiopia (1), Nigeria (1) and Senegal (1).

Source: African Development Bank Group (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Devenish acquires 42 % stake in Kenyan agribusiness Sidai Africa Ltd

(Ecofin Agency) - Northern Ireland based Devenish Nutrition invested $2.25 million to acquire 42% stake in the capital of Kenyan agribusiness Sidai ...

Source: Ecofin Agency (12 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: USAID Launches $300 Million Agribusiness Investment In Nigeria

Under a new contract with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organisation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recently launched the new Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. This activity aims to help Nigeria develop and strengthen a more business-enabling environment through the promotion of private-sector investment in agriculture.

Source: Africazine (04 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Angola: Joining Trade Zone to ease local produced goods tariffs

Luanda - Joining the SADC Free Trade Zone will allow the easing of tariffs for goods produced in Angola said the head of the Tariff and Trade Department of the Customs Administration of the General Tax Administration (AGT), Santos Mussamo. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the Workshop on "SADC Rules of Origin," the official said that the entry will depend on the tariff reduction...

Source: Angop Angola Press Agency (09 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, India: India angling to regain top trade partnership position with Kenya

India will invest in Kenya's agriculture and manufacturing sectors in line with the government's Big Four Agenda. Speaking at the India-Kenya Trade and Investment Forum held in Nairobi on Tuesday, the Indian High Commissioner Rahul Chhabra said his country is keen to reduce its trade gap with Kenya and regain its top trade partner position.

Source: The Star (26 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria, USA: Group takes Nigeria-US trade summit to global stage

AGCO Corporation, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment is teaming up with the consortium of U.S.-Nigeria Trade Council USA, and other partners across Africa, U.K. and United States, to present a Continental edition of the hitherto successful U.S.-Nigeria Agribusiness Trade Summit.

Source: The Sun (03 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Rwanda: TradeMark East Africa and Rwanda Standards Board partner in a $1 million food safety and trade ...

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) has committed to fund Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) with $ 1 Million in support of projects that will enhance food safety and trade. The new interventions will benefit farmers, pack houses, feed millers and feed transporters who will be enabled to attain international sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) requirements in food safety of local agricultural products; enabling them to access a wide range of markets within the region and internationally.

Source: Trade Mark East Africa (12 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Development and Aid

Africa:  Urban Middle Class May Offer Lifeline to Rural Africa

Large number of small agribusinesses process, package and distribute staple foods wanted by urban middle class, creating jobs and opportunities for small farmers. The rise of an urban middle class across much of Africa is stoking demand for food that could curb hunger and cut poverty in rural outposts, a U.S.-based think tank ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (02 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Gambia:  Army to Begin Large Scale Agricultural Production

By Muhammed S. Bah The Gambia National Army through AGCO Corporation an American Company based in South Africa will begin large scale agricultural production. This project is aimed at achieving major food security in the country. President Barrow on Monday, April 08, 2019 received stakeholders of the scheme, the heads of the armed forces and their partners from South ...

Source: FOROYAA Newspaper (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: On food security we must put our money where our mouths are

By MUTHONI THANG'WA The food security question in Africa, especially in the sub-Sahara, has not been answered for decades. It is therefore surprising when fellow Kenyans act shocked that there are starving people in the drier northern parts of Kenya. Many people in Africa, including Kenya, are food insecure which means they suffer from ...

Source: Daily Nation (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria, USA:  USAID Launches $300 Million Agribusiness Investment in Nigeria

Nigerian entrepreneur Fajemi Gognaje, 35 years old, started a new business in 2016, selling agricultural inputs like seed and fertilizer. Photo by Michael Stulman/Catholic Relief Services \n Under a new contract with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organisation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ...

Source: Premium Times (04 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  60,000 Kaduna Farmers to Benefit From $200m Agric Projects

Kaduna — About 60,000 farmers and People Living with Disabilities, PWD, in Kaduna State are to benefit from the federal government's agro-processing and support value chain projects The national Coordinator of the agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support , APPEALS, Dr. Yahaya Aminu disclosed this at a one-day stakeholders' ...

Source: Vanguard (11 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  Edo, CBN Partner to Boost State's Agripreneur Programme

Determined to provide farmers with access to funding and other inputs to increase productivity, the Edo state Government has partnered with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on a synergy between the Anchor Borrowers' Programme and the state's Agripreneur programme. Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme, Joe Okojie ...

Source: Vanguard (11 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Uganda, Malawi: New CASA programme to benefit 565000 smallholders in Uganda, Malawi and Nepal

A new five-year £30 million UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme is aiming to improve the livelihoods of 565,000 smallholder farmers and their families in Uganda, Malawi and Nepal by stimulating investment in emerging agri-markets...

Source: 7th Space (12 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Africa: How can Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture be Applied ?

Agriculture around the world has been gaining productivity thanks to technologies aimed at increasing production without expanding the land. And with the arrival of Artificial Intelligence in agriculture there is an expectation that growth will be even faster and less costly. One of the areas that tends to benefit from Artificial Intelligence relates to the data processing capacity of the crop. Made without the help of computer systems, collecting data is time consuming and generating information about any culture takes a precious time...

Source: Farmers Review Africa (09 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, Nigeria: 'Uber of tractors' moves to bridge agricultural mechanisation gap in African farms

Hello Tractor and CTA... have announced the launch of a joint partnership project to increase smallholder farmers’ access to mechanization services and youth employment opportunities. The partnership project will enable Hello Tractor to expand its services across Nigeria and Kenya...

Source: The Exchange (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: Fairtrade moves to boost technology in agriculture sector

To boost technology in the agricultural sector, Fairtrade has organised its fifth international tradeshow where investors will partner with the country for better agricultural practices. The three-day programme will focus on Nigeria’s agrofood and plastprint pack to promote packaging of farm products.

Source: The Guardian (Nigeria) (27 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Togo: TAAT highlights Agricultural Transformation as National Farmers Forum begins in Togo

With more than 3.4 million hectares of land available, the Togolese government is worried that only 45% is being used presently. The government is equally concerned that despite Togo's natural comparative advantage in agriculture when compared to other countries, its inability to maximise technologies that will increase productivity... Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) is a programme initiated by the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of its Feed Africa Initiative.

Source: Devdiscourse (12 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe: How ICTs Are Being Misused to Perpetuate Poverty

Contrary to the hype in which ICTs are presented as a panacea, ICT-related costs in many African countries are eroding the meagre promised benefits. Countless studies and articles show that the cost of data is increasing in Africa, when such costs are decreasing in other parts of the world. This is dampening hopes of an ICT-driven industrial revolution.

Source: Tanzania Daily News (10 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Women and Youth in Agribusiness

Africa: Invitation to the African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) - 3rd Conference and AgriPitch Competition

The African Development Bank), in partnership with the Western Cape Government, is organizing the 3rd annual African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) Conference and AgriPitch Competition under the theme: Climate Smart Agriculture: Business and Employment Opportunities for Africa’s Youth. The AYAF serves as a platform for bringing together youth agripreneurs from across Africa and scaling up the scope and impact of their activities...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (09 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana: AfDB to support Ghanaian women in agribusiness

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to offer Ghana a $20-million loan facility to support women entrepreneurs in agriculture and agribusiness in the country. The fund will be channelled through the Ghana Incentive-based Risk-sharing System for Agricultural Lending (GIRSAL), which leverages lending to people in agriculture and agribusiness through a risk-sharing scheme...

Source: Graphic Online (04 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Agronomist's notebook: For market, here is why Mama mboga offers the real deal

Mama mbogas are powerful. Well, you may not know this until you talk to farmers who grow crops like tomatoes, onions and leafy vegetables and sell to them. The women, scattered in all urban areas, provide a reliable market to farmers who do not wish to sell to brokers at a much lower price. Therefore, to a good number of farmers, Mama mbogas determine whether one reaps or makes losses from agribusiness...

Source: Daily Nation News (30 Mar 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Rwanda: Women in Rwanda Redefine Gender Roles through Agribusiness

It is 7:00 in the morning at Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes that rests on the border between Rwanda and the Congo. An early morning fog lingers over the hills around the lake as the women of the COOPPAVI cooperative wait for some of their members to return from a night of fishing. An hour later, three boats appear from behind the hills...

Source: Pulitzer Center (08 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa has created equal opportunities, claims Minister

President Mnangagwa's administration has created an environment for equal access to economic opportunities between men and women since coming into power in November 2017, a senior Government official has said.   Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Douglas Karoro, revealed this while officially opening the inaugural Women in Agriculture Conference at ART Farm in Harare on Thursday...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (08 Apr 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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