Cargill and Heifer launch global initiative to improve nutrition through poultry

USA – The global agribusiness giant, Cargill has joined forces with US based non-profit, Heifer International to launch a global initiative improve nutrition and bolster livelihoods among smallholder farmers. Dubbed Hatching Hope Global Initiative, the program will engage women poultry farmers to tackle hunger and poverty ‘through the power of poultry’. It aims to improve…

DSM underscores need for fortification in malnutrition at Fourth Africa Day of School Feeding

COTE D’IVOIRE - DSM Human Health and Nutrition has emphasized on the need for fortification as a solution to help overcome the challenge of malnutrition especially among children. Speaking in a panel at the Fourth Africa Day of School Feeding in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, the company strongly recommended innovative fortification solutions as safe and cost-effective…

FDA proposes new funding across multiple US food safety systems

USA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new funding across multiple aspects of US food safety system which is meant to solidify the agency’s capabilities in food safety management. Additional funding aims to support innovations in technology and the new requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act…

FDA lifts import ban on genetically engineered salmon, advocates for safe biotechnology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon as part of the efforts in advancing development of safe biotechnology innovations in the country. The 2016 import ban prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the US until the agency finalizes on guidelines on how it should be…

FAO and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition partner to enhance food security

AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) have agreed to join forces to increase the availability and affordability of nutritious food for all in developing countries. The partnership aims at enabling inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems, focusing on new approaches which engage small and…

FDA unveils strategy to advance food safety and oversight of imported food

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced a new strategy to advance its food safety mission and modernize oversight of imported food. The FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy, Frank Yiannas have outlined steps the federal agency will undertake to promote FDA’s food safety and the implementation of the…

Nigeria’s regulator mulls ban on sachets, PET bottles as alcoholic packages

NIGERIA - The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria has unveiled plans of banning the use of sachets and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in packaging alcoholic beverages. According to a report Beverage Industry News, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General at NAFDAC, said that the regulator will no longer approve…

Strong, inclusive and empowering partnerships key to world’s food security, says CABI

BOTSWANA - Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International’s (CABI) Director General Development, Dr Dennis Rangi has, called for strong, inclusive and empowering partnerships in tackling the worlds food crisis. Speaking during CABI’s African Regional Consultation in Botswana, Dr Rangi said that the approach presents an opportunity towards enhancing food security and alleviating malnutrition. According to…

‘Hard Brexit’ to impact UK food industry negatively, raise consumer prices – Rabobank

UK – The UK economy stands to be hit negatively in case the European Union (EU) and the UK fail to agree on a Brexit deal, while the transition to this situation will be ‘sudden and far-reaching’, says Rabobank. In a research note titled ‘Consequences of hard Brexit on the Food and Agribusiness’, Rabobank says…

Brazil soybean production to fall to 115.5 tons from hot and dry weather

BRAZIL – Brazil soybean production in the year 2018-19 is estimated to reach 115.5 tonnes, down from the record 120.3 million tonnes a year ago as a result of drought conditions in key producing areas, according to USDA’s GAIN report. The report suggests that the states affected by hot and dry weather are expected to…