Tanzania’s food regulator to remove ‘unnecessary’ clearance procedures at the Port

TANZANIA - Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) plans to remove unnecessary food and drug clearance procedures at the Dar es Salaam port to ease the burden of storage fees incurred by business people. The authorities are seeking to enhance efficient business environment and address concerns from members who complained of unnecessary bureaucracy in cargo clearance…

Eastern Africa Grain Council pushes for pulse farming to boost food output

KENYA - The Eastern Africa Grain Council is seeking to promote farming of pulses such as beans, peas, green grams and lentils to boost food production in the region, reports Business Daily. EAGC said pulses take shorter periods and have higher returns compared to maize which has lately been threatened by pests including armyworms. “On…

USDA, EPA and FDA sign joint agency to educate Americans on reducing food wastes

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has announced the signing of a joint agency formal agreement under the Winning on Reducing Food Waste initiative. The agreement is aimed at improving coordination and communication across federal agencies attempting to better…

DowDuPont, Corteva Agriscience and EUI release the 2018 Global Food Security Index

WORLD - The agriculture division of DowDuPont, Corteva Agriscience, and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have released the 2018 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) findings which signal a shift toward more resilient food security measures. According to FoodingredientsFirst, Singapore claims the top spot in the 2018 GFSI ranking, partly because GDP per capita has risen…

Sasakawa Africa Association appoints Kenyan as new Regional Director

AFRICA - Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), a not for profit Japan founded agricultural organisation has appointed Kenya’s Dr Mel Oluoch as the new Regional Director to be based in SAA Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr Oluoch is an expert in agricultural research, rural and value-chain development, and policy formulation, thus brings SAA knowledge…

Land O’Lakes receives funding for new agric and food safety projects in Africa, Asia

USA - Land O’Lakes Development International, an affiliate company of US based member-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes has received funding from US non-profits to support new agricultural capacity building and food safety programs in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East. The funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will…

Central Bank disburses US$1.68b to farmers under credit facility

NIGERIA - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released US$1.68 billion (N615Bn) to farmers as at 20 August 2018 under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS) since its inception, reports ThisDay Live. The facility was established by the federal government in partnership with the federal Ministry of Agriculture to enhance development of agriculture through…

Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Agricultural Trust disburses US$87m for boosting agric development operations

ZIMBABWE - The Zimbabwe Agricultural Development Trust (ZADT) has provided US$87.5 million towards funding small-holder farmers and agribusinesses as it seeks to boost their operations. The Herald reports the disbursement goes to almost 530,000 beneficiaries, 26% of which are women, something in line with the government’s drive to economically empower women. According to ZADT chief…

Agricultural regulatory body AMA raises US$75m for grain procurement

ZIMBABWE - The Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) of Zimbabwe has raised US$75 million for grain procurement, about a month after it issued agro-bills to purchase maize from farmers. A statement from its financial advisor, CBZ Bank said that the authority sought to secure the funds for buying maize through the grain trade and marketing company,…