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 […]

Ghanaian regulator approves 5 firms to resume vegetable exports

GHANA – Ghana’s Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has approved five firms to resume vegetable exports to the international market. In June 1 this year, […]

Private equity fund unveils US$9.19m to support agribusinesses in Uganda

UGANDA – The Yield Uganda Investment Fund, an European Union (EU) backed agribusiness impact fund has injected US$9.19 million (UGX34bn) into Uganda’s agribusiness sector. The new financing follows the joining of Soros Economic Development Fund, […]

EU assessment shows similarly branded food products differed in composition

EU – The European Commission has published the results of a study showing that similarly or identically branded food products across the European Union differed in composition. The study which involved an analysis of nearly […]

ECOWAS adopts global certification benchmark for products

WEST AFRICA – The Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Commission and the European Union (EU) have developed standards for the certification of some major products to boost the level of international trade. The […]

Ten Senses to construct nut processing facility under Kenya-EU project

KENYA – Ten Senses Fair Company is set to construct a new cashew nut processing factory in Kilifi, coast region of Kenya under the recently unveiled European Union funding in the country’s agro-processing sector. The […]

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 […]

EFSA recommends maximum permitted levels of phosphates in food

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended the introduction of maximum permitted levels of phosphates used as additives in food supplements. The EFSA has warned that estimated total intake of phosphates from […]

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 […]

EU to launch US$45.04m livestock programme in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – The European Union (EU) is set to launch a US$45.04 million (€40m) four-year agricultural growth programme to improve Zimbabwe’s livestock sector. The EU will partner with the Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP) in […]