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…

UK government introduces policy to fortify all flour with folic acid to help babies

UK – The UK government has introduced a policy that all flour is to be fortified with folic acid after ministers swung behind a plan that medical experts say will reduce the number of babies born in the UK with serious birth defects. According to the Guardian, the policy which will be introduced within weeks,…

Kellogg’s to re-start shipments of Honey Smacks cereals after Salmonella scare

USA – Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, to re-start shipment of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereals after the previous Salmonella scrae that led to the recall of the snacks from retail shops. According to the company, the cereals begin rolling back on to U.S. shelves next month in limited quantities, with a simpler, updated recipe,…

Tanzania’s food regulator to remove ‘unnecessary’ clearance procedures at the Port

TANZANIA - Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) plans to remove unnecessary food and drug clearance procedures at the Dar es Salaam port to ease the burden of storage fees incurred by business people. The authorities are seeking to enhance efficient business environment and address concerns from members who complained of unnecessary bureaucracy in cargo clearance…

USDA, EPA and FDA sign joint agency to educate Americans on reducing food wastes

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has announced the signing of a joint agency formal agreement under the Winning on Reducing Food Waste initiative. The agreement is aimed at improving coordination and communication across federal agencies attempting to better…

DowDuPont, Corteva Agriscience and EUI release the 2018 Global Food Security Index

WORLD - The agriculture division of DowDuPont, Corteva Agriscience, and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have released the 2018 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) findings which signal a shift toward more resilient food security measures. According to FoodingredientsFirst, Singapore claims the top spot in the 2018 GFSI ranking, partly because GDP per capita has risen…

Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Dangote Foundation devotes US$50m to tackle malnutrition in Africa

NIGERIA - The Aliko Dangote Foundation, founded by the wealthiest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has lined US$50 million to be invested in tackling the challenge of malnutrition in Nigeria and Africa, reports the Guardian. The initiative forms part of the foundation’s goal to not only feed but also nourish the world. It will…

Rabobank announces launch of 20 Start-ups to help reduce food loss in Asia

ASIA – Rabobank, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company, has announced 20 start-ups; Food Loss Challenge Asia that focus on critical holistic solutions addressing the issue of food loss throughout the supply chain. According to Rabobank, Food Loss Challenge Asia is a competition where start-ups pitch their ideas to reduce food loss to…

Food delivery firms Swiggy, Zomato, UberEats delists 10,500 ‘unsafe’ restaurants

INDIA- Food delivery and ecommerce platforms Zomato, Swiggy, UberEats and Food Panda have abandoned and delisted 10,500 restaurants after failing to meet the food safety regulator’s requirements. According to ET Retail, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) review indicted that Zomato had delisted 2,500, Swiggy 4,000, Foodpanda 1,800, UberEats 2,000 partner hotels…