US and China ease tariff war with a ‘90-days ceasefire’ period

USA – China and the United States of America have agreed to ease their stances in a bid to avoid escalation of tariff war that has since negatively impacted the nations’ agricultural and other trade. Following the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two leaders agreed to withdraw some…

Tanzania bans genetically modified trials and destroys research evidence

TANZANIA -The Tanzanian government has imposed a ban on all the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) trials being carried out in the country and has ordered destruction of research evidence. According to the Citizen, the ban was imposed through a statement made by the ministry of agriculture in the country. The move was necessitated and motivated…

Belgian investor to open first cashew nut shell liquid plant in Tanzania

TANZANIA – An unknown Belgian investor is set to open the country’s first cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) processing facility in Tanzania to produce oil as one step in adding value to the commodity. The project will be handled to Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) after the ministry concludes its part. Speaking to Daily News, the…

Tanzania’s Tanhero launches plant for manufacturing light agricultural equipment

TANZANIA – Tanzania based company Tanhero has introduced an assembling plant for light agricultural equipment suitable for small scale farming, reports Daily News. The plant was launched in Dar es Salaam alongside China’s agricultural products exhibition. Speaking at the launching event, the Zanzibar Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Fisheries, Mr Rashid Ali Juma, said…

Government embarks on grand scheme to increase coffee production

RWANDA – The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), a commercial institution of the government of Rwanda has pledged to support coffee growers with the necessary essentials in a bid to increase coffee production. The reinforcement strategy will include provision of fertilizers and pesticides as well as reviving the collapsed cooperatives, according to New Times. "We…

Grain millers of Zimbabwe fault bakers’ attempt to double bread price

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers' Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has faulted attempt by bakers to increase the price of bread, saying that the attempt was not justified by a rise in the cost of wheat. According to the Herald, bakeries sought to double the bread price from US$1.10 to US$2.20 citing rising costs of inputs. Media…

Kerry commits US$1.14m to improve food & nutrition security in West Africa

NIGER - The public food company, Kerry Group has unveiled a US$1.14 million (€1 million) commitment to improve food security, nutrition and the overall livelihoods in the Tahoua Region of Niger. The four-year project supported by Kerry Group, will be implemented by leading international NGO, Concern Worldwide and brings RAIN (Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition)…

South Africa based Naspers plans further investment in Swiggy

INDIA - Naspers Ltd., Africa’s largest company by market value has indicated that it plans to further invest in the Indian food delivery business, Swiggy through its third fund-raising round of the year. According to a Bloomberg report, the funding will increase Naspers’ stake in Swiggy which is planning to raise US$600 million, its biggest…

USADF invests US$24m to boost small-scale farming in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The United States Africa Development Foundation has invested about US$24 million (N8.64 billion) towards boosting capacity of farmers in Nigeria, reports the Guardian. This will help in improving the country’s agricultural sector, critical in meeting food security in the face of a rapidly growing population. The foundation is looking to drive development of…