World Bank launches US$25m project to support Liberian farmers

LIBERIA -  The world bank has approved a US$25 million International Development Association (IDA) credit set to benefit over 17,500 smallholder farmers through Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) of Liberia. The Daily Observer reports that the funding is aimed at facilitating increased productivity of smallholder farmers for commercial purpose through the STAR-Project.…

Skretting join forces with West Coast Group to boost Indian aquaculture

INDIA - Nutreco's aquaculture division, Skretting has announced that it has joined forces with India’s leading fresh seafood manufacturer, West Coast Group to boost the country’s aquaculture sector. The joint efforts will work to enhance availability of sustainable shrimp and fish feeds in the market while providing health and nutrition expertise through value addition. This aims…

High intake of dietary fiber and whole grains can reduce risk of non-communicable diseases, report

WORLD - High intake of dietary fiber and whole grains has been associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in The Lancet. The study, commissioned by the World Health Organization show that people who eat higher levels of the products have lower rates of non-communicable diseases…

COMESA region’s cereal productivity affected by low seed quality

AFRICA – COMESA regions cereal productivity has remained low despite the high production potential that the region holds, greatly attributed to small- holder farmers’ limited access to improved seeds. New Times Rwanda reports that of the more than 80 million small holder farmers, only about 23% have access to improved seeds, a situation which has…

Nigeria’s CWAY diversifies into alcoholic beverage, launches Cheers Cocktail

NIGERIA – CWAY Foods and Beverages Nigeria Limited, a renowned fruit-flavoured milk drinks and drinking water company has diversified its operations into the alcoholic Ready-to-drink (RTDs) with the launch of “Cheers Cocktail”, reports Beverage Industry. Speaking during the commissioning of the factory, General Manager, Mr. Wang Bing said that the new premium brand has been…

Kenya to host 9th International Macadamia Symposium

KENYA- Kenya is set to host the 9th International Macadamia Symposium in August 2021 owing to its increased small scale production of macadamia nuts, reports Business Daily. Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPAK) CEO Charles Muigai said Kenya was chosen to host the event due to the success of the sector through small-scale farming, which…

Kenya to open US$10.7m banana processing factory

KENYA – The Kenyan government is set to open a banana processing factory, a project that aims at improving value addition to the commodity, reports Business Daily. The factory will be located on a 10 acres piece of land within the Kisii Agricultural Training Center, at a cost of US$10.7 million grant provided by the…

Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit

UK – Food policy experts have written to local authorities to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to ensure safe, adequate and sustainable food supply in preparation for Brexit. The document, written by specialists from City, University of London,University of Sussex and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has been sent to every council in…

COMESA unveils plans to curb counterfeit seeds through a common label

EASTERN AFRICA - Seed companies operating in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states will from early next year sell seeds branded with a COMESA logo as a measure to prevent sale of uncertified products. Dr.John Mukuka, COMESA regional seed programme coordinator, said that the labeling was necessary to wipe out counterfeit…