EU proposes to increase price transparency in food supply chain

EU – The European Commission has proposed to increase price transparency in what it says would help promote fairness in the food supply chain. The proposal seeks to introduce better ways to enhance transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The draft regulations will make available crucial information on how prices are…

EU fines AB InBev US$224m over higher beer prices in Belgium

EU – The European Union has fined AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer US$224 million (€200.4 million) for breaching EU antitrust rules by restricting cross-border beer sales. The maker of Budweiser and Corona has been indicted for abusing its dominance in the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the…

EU launches US$1.27m aquaculture project in Ghana to enhance growth in the value chain

GHANA – The European Union (EU) in partnership with the local government arms have launched a US$1.27 million Fish for Development Project (FIDEP) in Adentan, Ghana, that seeks to promote growth in the value chain. According to a report by GhanaWeb, the EU will be funding 70% of the project while the Adentan Municipal Assembly,…

Swiss government says coffee ‘not essential’, stockpiling to end

SWITZERLAND (Reuters) - Switzerland on Wednesday announced plans to abolish the nation’s emergency stockpile of coffee, in place for decades, after declaring the beans not vital for human survival, though opposition to the proposal is brewing.  Nestle, the maker of instant coffee Nescafe, and other importers, roasters and retailers are required by Swiss law to…

EU to pump US$166.74m in Ghana’s agriculture to boost food security

GHANA – The European Union, has committed US$166.74 million (£147 million) as an intervention to revolutionize the agricultural sector in Northern Ghana with an aim of improving food security in the country. The funding is part of a partnership between the European Union and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the country. The agricultural…

EU grants Uganda US$4.1m to boost coffee and cocoa sector

UGANDA - The European Union (EU) has granted Uganda US$4.1 million to boost the country’s coffee and cocoa industries. The grant agreement sealed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and the EU ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici seeks to boost the coffee and cocoa exports in the EU market. “This grant is aimed at value…

Angola receives US$74.5m EU funding to boost food security

ANGOLA –The European Union has released US$74.56 million to aid the execution of the Reinforcement, Resilience and Nutritional Food Security Programme (FRESAN) in the southern region of Angola. Matteo Tonini, representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Angola, said that from the overall amount at least US$28.22 million will be channeled to the…

European Union pledges support for Ghana’s fisheries sector

GHANA - The Fisheries sector in Ghana is set to receive support from the European union with a motif of contributing to food security, improving nutrition and livelihoods of the fishing communities in the country. According to GNA, the fishing sector in Ghana has been facing challenges mostly resulting from the unrestricted fishing and weak…

EU and FAO sign US$13.6m deal to support global food security in Gambia

GAMBIA – The European Union (EU) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), alongside its partner agencies have signed a US$13.60 million deal to support programs designed to address food security as well as rural development. According to The Point, the proceeds will go towards supporting three separate programmes with the first one…

WFP promotes local nutritious foods to reduce malnutrition in Tanzania

TANZANIA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has embarked on a nationwide campaign to promote use of local nutritious foods in a bid to alleviate malnutrition among communities in Tanzania, according to the IPP media. Speaking during the launch of a the Oysterbay Farmers Market (OFM) nutrition month in Dar es salaam, Michael Dunford, the…