Kenyan tea agency secures US$10m credit facility to improve trading operations

KENYA – The Kenya Tea Development Agency Holdings (KTDA) has secured a US$10 million (Sh1 billion) credit facility from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help the agricultural firm improve its tea trading operations. The funds will form part of KTDA’s planned total investment of US$17.7 million (Sh1.7 billion) aimed at upgrading its warehouses and…

COMESA partners tech firm to launch regional seed label verification system

COMESA - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has partnered mPedigree's GoldKeys technology to launch an online seed label verification system in the region. COMESA, which covers 19 countries across South, East and Central Africa, will utilise the pan-African tech start-up system to remove phony seed concerns and improve business in quality…

Caltech Ventures to partner Ghanaian university to improve raw material sourcing

GHANA – Ghana’s Ho Technical University (HTU) has unveiled plans of partnering with Caltech Ventures Limited, a cassava processing firm in Ghana, to increase raw material supply to the firm. According to Mr. Phanuel Klogo, Head of Agro-Enterprise Development Department at HTU the partnership seeks to increase investment in the agro sector and improve the…

Egypt’s citrus fruits exports rise to 1.22m tons as world’s second exporter

EGYPT – Egypt has exported 1,220,999 million tons of citrus abroad since the beginning of the new export season of fruits and vegetables, according to the ministry of Agriculture in the country, Ahmed al-Attar, the head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the ministry of agriculture, said that the country is also applying…

NEPC calls for adoption of global certification by food exports to enhance market access

NIGERIA - The Nigerian Exports Promotion Council (NEPC) has called upon food exporters in the country to adopt global certifications in a bid to strengthen market access of their products at the global market. Mr Segun Awolowo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NEPC highlighted that exportable food products needed to strive to acquire additional…

Corteva Agriscience partners AGRA to boost cereals, fruit production in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA - Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has entered into a partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in a deal that seeks to boost cereals, fruit and vegetable production in Ethiopia. Prabdeep Bajwa, President of Corteva Agriscience, Africa Middle East said that the partnership will provide famers with better…

New IFPRI report calls for increased funding in agriculture sector

AFRICA – The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) proposes more funding in the agriculture sector to promote food security in rural areas, according to a new report released by the agriculture think tank. The 2019 Global Food Policy Report recently launched in Kigali, Rwanda proposed that governments increase financial and policy support to rural…

Zimbabwe partners JICA in horticulture project to boost production

ZIMBABWE - The government of Zimbabwe has launched the Zimbabwe Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion project (ZIM-SHEP) which is expected to boost production in the sector. According to a Herald report, the project will be sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will be implemented in eight provinces over the next five years. ZIM-SHEP…

Competition grows as South Africa focuses on Chinese US$105m avocado market

CHINA – The Chinese avocado market has in recent years attracted major African producing countries as they seek to gain a share in the highly valued US$105 million market. Most recently, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in South Africa’s said that the country’s avocado industry should focus on tapping into the growing Chinese market to…

Government to establish additional tapioca starch processing plant under IDIF programme

GHANA – The Ghanaian government has unveiled plans of setting up a cassava starch processing plant in the western region under its One District One Factory (IDIF) initiative by the close of the year. According to Moses Kwabena Boakye, administrative manager of Amenfi Farms Ghana Limited, the project will be supported by 500 acres of…