USAID awards US$5m grant to University of California to tackle Newcastle disease in Africa

AFRICA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded US$5 million grant to University of California – Davis to aid in tackling the Newcastle disease on the continent. According to GNA, the funding will go towards a project that is looking to identify genes that are crucial to breeding birds with enhanced…

Tate & Lyle extends distribution agreement with Azelis in Europe

EUROPE – The British agribusiness conglomerate Tate & Lyle has announced that it has extended its partnership with Azelis, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients. As part of the agreement, Azelis’ will distribute Tate & Lyle’s texturants, low and no calorie sweeteners, fibres, and stabilisers in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia…

Tanzania’s Tanhero launches plant for manufacturing light agricultural equipment

TANZANIA – Tanzania based company Tanhero has introduced an assembling plant for light agricultural equipment suitable for small scale farming, reports Daily News. The plant was launched in Dar es Salaam alongside China’s agricultural products exhibition. Speaking at the launching event, the Zanzibar Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Fisheries, Mr Rashid Ali Juma, said…

Nigeria cuts bills on imported wheat, rice, milk by 50% to US$698m

NIGERIA – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that import bills on wheat, rice, milk, tomato and sugar have reduced by almost 50% to almost US$698 million, compared to US$1.424 billion spent on imported foods in 2013, reports This Day. According to Olatunde Akande, the Personal Assistant to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele,…

SON unveils new standards and Codes of Practice for planting bean seeds

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has released new Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), and Codes of Practice for planting beans seed across the country, reports the Guardian. The standards come to address issues like preservation of the food crop from planting to the table while ensuring that the commodity is safe for consumption.…

Temperature monitoring could reduce milk wastage in the UK, save US$190m – report

UK- A new report from the UK’s leading sustainability experts WRAP shows for the first time the scale of milk waste across the food chain and highlights ways to significantly reduce the 330,000 tonnes of milk lost each year, equating to 7% of total UK production andworth more than £150 million (US$192 million). According to…

Cargill and DSM to establish a joint venture for zero-calorie sweetener options

USA – Royal DSM and Cargill have partnered to form a joint venture that seeks to develop zero-calorie, great tasting sweetener options for food and beverage producers. This comes to address the increasing need for healthier sweeteners which are non-artificial, provide less calories without compromising on the final product taste and preferences. The new venture,…

WFP and USAID partner on a US$22m initiative to boost food security in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE - The World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has initiated a US$22 million Lean Season Assistance programme to boost food security in Zimbabwe. According to the Herald report, the programme running for the 2018/19 season will support over 430,000 Zimbabweans who are food insecure. In…

Indiana Packers agrees to acquire Speciality Foods Group in undisclosed sum

INDIA - Indiana Packers Corp. (IPC), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corp., has reached an agreement to acquire Specialty Foods Group, L.L.C., in undisclosed financial terms. According to the company, it said the acquisition will strengthen its foundation for growth as well as position it to leverage valuable synergies relating to raw material utilization, manufacturing…

Walmart to open six stores in Northern India in ‘priority growth’

INDIA - The US multinational retailer Walmart Inc. is set to open six more stores in Uttar Pradesh expanding its footprint in the northern part of India as it forms part of its ‘priority growth’ region. ET Retail reported that the new stores will add to the already existing four outlets it operates in the…