Kenya’s grain imports to increase as local production dwindles, says USDA

KENYA – Kenya’s imports of corn, wheat and rice are expected to increase in the 2019-20 marketing year as local supply of the commodities is projected to decline during the period. This is according to […]

Ghanaian association launches out-grower scheme to promote sustainable oil palm industry

GHANA – The Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Out-grower Association Ghana, has launched a one million oil palm seedling projects that aims to promote sustainability in the industry. Dubbed as “Promoting a Sustainable Oil Palm […]

Seed Co Zimbabwe unveils new drought-tolerant seed cultivars

ZIMBABWE – Seed Co Limited, a leading producer and marketer of certified seeds, through its Zimbabwe’s subsidiary, Seed Co Zimbabwe, has launched two new drought-tolerant maize seed varieties aimed at maximising production under dry conditions. […]

Sudan grants Kenyan tea one-year extension ahead of new pact on standards

SUDAN – Sudan, one of the major buyers of Kenyan tea, has once again granted Kenya a one year extension to for Kenyan tea access to the Sudanese market without restrictions as the two country’s […]

State unveils US$29.73m fund to revamp coffee sector, mulls new regulations

KENYA – The Kenyan government said it will avail US$29.73 million (Ksh 3 billion) cherry advance revolving fund to coffee farmers as part of the government intervention to rejuvenate the coffee sector. Speaking during the […]

USAID pumps US$37m into Egypt’s agricultural sector to enhance food security

EGYPT – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a launched a US$37 million project that aims at building resilience in Egypt’s agricultural sector and advance food security in the country. Launched under […]

Nestlé joins the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance to transform plastics recycling infrastructure

AFRICA – Nestlé in partnership with other international consumer goods companies, have launched the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance in a move to promote plastic waste reduction in Africa. Members of the environmental protection alliance include […]

McDonald’s to acquire Israeli personalization platform Dynamic Yield

ISRAEL – The American fast food company, McDonald’s has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Dynamic Yield, a Tel Aviv based provider of automated conversion optimization tools for marketers and retailers. Dynamic […]

Delivery startup Milkbasket buys organic grocery firm Veggie India

INDIA – India’s daily grocery micro-delivery service, Milkbasket has acquired Noida-based Veggie India, an online business store for buying organic fresh fruits and vegetables, reports ET Retail. According to the terms of the deal whose […]

University scientists develop container farms for high-yielding crops

UK – Scientists at Nottingham Trent University have developed container farms that are said to be capable of producing more nutritious and high-yielding crops compared to those grown in the field. They have created two […]