African Universities team up to launch research centre for food security

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana has been awarded the privilege to host a new research center that aims to enhance food security and transform food policy on the continent. The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security was…

Zimbabwe millers to venture into wheat farming for raw materials sourcing

ZIMBABWE -  Zimbabwe has asked grain millers to venture into wheat farming as remedy to enhance raw materials supply for their milling operations, given forex currency shortage challenges in the country. According to the IOL Business, Zimbabwe’s cabinet has agreed to finance a decision posited by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to have wheat millers venture…

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…

Tanzanian government blocks export of unprocessed cashew nuts

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian government has reiterated that no company will be allowed to export unprocessed cashew nuts from the country in a bid to protect the local manufacturers, processors and farmers, reports The Citizen. Recently,attempts by companies to export unprocessed cashew nuts hit a dead end after the government blocked export of the produce…

Kenya’s sugar production increases by 45% on increased supply

KENYA – Kenya’s sugar production has increased by 45% in the past nine months due to increased supply of sugarcane by farmers to sugar processing plants, according to a monthly report by the Sugar Directorate. The quantities produced have increased from 284,036 last year to 411,567 tonnes between the months of January and October this…

Barry Callebaut sources 44% of cocoa beans in supply chain sustainably, report

SWITZERLAND – Barry Callebaut’s new Forever Chocolate sustainability report shows that 44% of cocoa beans and other ingredients inits supply chain are sourced sustainably. The Forever Chocolate Progress Report highlights sustainability initiatives undertaken by the cocoa producer and grinder in the fiscal year 2017-18 and it shows an increase in sustainably sourced cocoa beans compared…

Bunge Chief Executive Soren Schroder to step down, appoints new board chair

USA – Agriculture, food and ingredients giant, Bunge Ltd has announced that its Chief Executive Officer Soren Schroder will step down and has commissioned a searching process for the new CEO. The company said Schroder will continue in his current role until a successor is named. Aged 57, the outgoing CEO joined Bunge in 2000…

French modern farming startup raises US$28m with backing from Danone

EUROPE – Agricool, French urban agriculture startup has closed another round of funding and has raised US$28 million, including an investment from Danone Manifesto Ventures, Marbeuf Capital, Solomon Hykes, Bpifrance. The company is targeting to expand its fruits and vegetables business with the new funding which was also raised from some of the existing investors…

JD.com and Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical open hydroponic plant in China

ASIA - Jingdong Group, the Chinese ecommerce giant best known as JD.com has partnered with Japanese Mitsubishi Chemical to open a hydroponic plant to serve customers in China. The factory which is located in the Tongzhou District of Beijing, is said to be the largest in China and will produce vegetables and other products made…