EU and Mercosur strike free trade deal for strategic relations

EUROPE – The European Union and Mercosur, a South American bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have signed a free trade agreement to boost both political and economic relations. The trade framework is part […]

Sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juices associated with high cancer risk

FRANCE – A new study published in the British Medical Journal has associated ‘sugary’ drinks including 100% fruit juices with an increased risk of cancer. Carried out by a team of researchers based in France, […]

OECD-FAO Agriculture Outlook: Higher output to keep food prices low

FRANCE – Growth in agricultural output is expected to keep food prices low over the coming decade, according to an annual report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN’s Food and […]

Mozambique embarks on study to explore the potential of genetically modified maize

MOZAMBIQUE – The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) has carried out a study on the genetically modified (GM) maize as it seeks to explore the potential of the biotechnology in enhancing food security. According […]

Zimbabwe bans direct sales of maize to regulate trade amid dwindling production

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has banned the buying and selling of corn between private individuals and companies, and will only allow state owned Grain Marketing Board to be the sole buyer of commodity. […]

Small fish species can enhance food security in Africa – study by FAO shows

AFRICA – A new study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) poses that small freshwater fish around Africa offer a large and under recognised opportunity to boost food and nutrition security. The study which […]

Nestle launches Materna Opti-Lac to support breastfeeding in lactating mothers

SWITZERLAND – Nestle has launched a new product called MATERNA Opti-Lac to support and protect lactating mothers from risks associated with breastfeeding. The probiotic solution will help them reduce the risk of breast pain and […]

Uganda’s Chemiphar secures US$1m funding to facilitate agriculture exports

UGANDA – Chemiphar (U) Ltd, an internationally accredited analytical laboratory in Uganda, has received a total of US$1 million (UGX3.750 billion) funding aimed at boosting agriculture exports in the country. The funding was facilitated by […]

EU unveils US$66.2m agro-processing loan scheme in Kenya

KENYA – The European Union has unveiled a US$66.2 million (Kshs6.62 billion) financial package for onward lending to farmers and agro-processors servicing demand-driven contracts in Kenya. The financing program, dubbed the Kenya Agriculture Value Chain […]

Ultra-processed food: ice cream, pizza, bacon linked to early death

WORLD – New research published by The British Medical Journal suggests that ultra-processed foods such as sugary cereals and ready meals are linked to cardiovascular disease and early death. The research carried out in two […]