USDA outlines plans to ensure child nutrition funding in government shutdown

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined plans to ensure child nutrition programs are funded and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits continue to be paid through February. The move follows the partial shutdown of the federal government on low-income Americans relying on food assistance programs and on farmers who usually rely on…

China approves five genetically modified crop imports amid US talks

CHINA – China has approved five new genetically modified crops for import in the midst of the just-began trade talks with the United States, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs revealed. The move which aims to boost its overseas trade saw the approval of two rapeseed products, one corn and two soybean products. The…

Nigeria’s tomato growers push for processing plants from government

NIGERIA – The Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) has called on the federal Government to establish processing plants in tomato producing regions as a means efficiently utilizing and adding value to the tomato value chain. According to Alhaji Sani Danladi-Yadakwari, TOGAN Secretary General, the government should utilise the potential of high producing regions by…

Zim’s Schweppes set to expand tomato and orange production value chain

ZIMBABWE -  Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited, a Coca-Cola’s licensed manufacturer and distributor of carbonated drinks has said it intends to expand tomato and orange out-grower schemes as it seeks to strengthen participation of locals in products value chain. Schweppes General Manager, Demos Mbauya, has announced that it is in the process of increasing its supply base…

DOB Equity invests in Coconut Holdings to capitalize on health conscious product

KENYA – DOB Equity, a Dutch family-backed impact investor in East Africa has invested in Coconut Holdings Limited, producer and owner of Kentaste range of coconut based products, to help it expand on the fast growing demand for health conscious coconut products. Kyle Denning, CEO of Coconut Holdings said that the investment will allow the…

Cargill outlines plan to achieve 100% cocoa traceability in ending deforestation

NETHERLANDS – The US based agricultural cooperative, Cargill plans to eliminate deforestation in its cocoa supply chain by achieving 100% cocoa bean traceability in its operations. The company has committed to avoid further conversion of any forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast for cocoa production. Cargill sources cocoa beans from Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory…

EU unveils US$11.3m fund to support horticultural, coffee value chains in Rwanda

RWANDA – The European Union has launched a US$11.37 million (10 million Euros) funding to support Rwanda’s horticultural and coffee value chains in a bid to unlock the potential at both the local and regional markets. The funding will support initiatives that aims to ensure the supply of safe products to local, regional and international…

China purchases US soybean after trade war truce between Trump and Xi

USA – China has purchased 300,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans, the first major purchase made since the two world’s economic giants declared trade war in July this year. Based on the USDA estimates, the export sales of soybeans were delivered to China while 130,000 metric tons of soybeans were delivered to unknown destinations during…

Kenya Breweries partners farmers to boost sorghum yields

KENYA – Kenya Breweries has partnered with farmers to enhance improved sorghum yields as a long-term sustainability programme of its upcoming plant in Kisumu, reports Business Daily. According to the beer making company, the upcoming plant has a capacity of producing up to 100 million litters of Keg beer. The sustainability programme comes after farmers…

Seed Co to invest US$10m in drying facilities to increase efficiency

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s largest seed producer, Seed Co Limited, is to develop seed drying facilities at total investment cost of US$10 million which will expedite delivery of seed into the market and cut down losses, reports the Herald. The seed drying technology is expected to be commissioned by 2020 with the pilot project being undertaken…