Africa Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conference & Expo – Western Africa edition

AFMASS Western Africa is the largest food, beverage and milling industry's largest conference and exhibition attended by key decision makers from Western Africa Africa to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and safety technologies. Bringing together delegates and visitors from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Ivory Coast and surrounding countries in Western Africa, AFMASS…

Government starts construction of 100 Warehouses for the Planting for Food Programme

GHANA - The government of Ghana has started work on 100 warehouses nationwide for the Planting for Food and Jobs [PFJ] Programme whose objective is to ensure availability of food in the country. The food reserves will be constructed in various districts and locations, initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Buffer Stock…

Government to tackle waste by producing biodegradable plastic bags with cassava

GHANA - The Federal Government of Ghana is planning to tackle the country’s sanitation challenges by exploring ways to produce biodegradable plastic bags using cassava, GNA reports. Speaking to a panel discussion at Ghana Economic Forum held in Accra, the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said they already had an entrepreneur in mind who has…

Cargill doubles volume of sustainable sourced cocoa to benefit farmers in Ghana

GHANA- The food, agriculture and industrial products company Cargill has doubled the volume of sustainable cocoa sourced with an estimated 13,000 cocoa farmers who benefit from its own licensed buying company (LBC) initiative. Cargill has initiated direct sourcing of the commodity, and this is a 30% increase from the 10,000 farmers from last year. The…

Universal Bank and Central Sugar signs US$10.8m deal for a new starch factory

GHANA - The Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) and Central Sugar Company Limited have signed a US$10.8 million agreement to establish a factory that would process cassava into starch for export. On completion, the factory aims to process 200 tonnes of cassava on a daily basis and is expected to employ about 115 persons and 2,000…

FAO and AfDB join forces to mobilize US$100m agricultural investment in Africa

GHANA- United Nation’s agency Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have joined forces to mobilize US$100 million investment aimed at boosting the agricultural sector in Africa. The initiative projected to run for the next five years is also geared at tackling hunger, malnutrition and increase economic prosperity on the continent.…

COCOBOD opens Shea office as government plans to set up board by 2024

GHANA - The government cocoa regulatory agency, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has opened a Shea Unit Office in Tamale to serve as an operational secretariat to develop the industry through supply chain in the region. Meanwhile, the government is planning to set up a Shea Development Board by 2024 in a bid to transition the…

COCOBOD to pump US$600m into cocoa sector to revive the industry

GHANA - The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) will invest US$600 million into the cocoa sector in a way to revive the industry in the country, GNA reports. Making the announcement, Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD said the board had almost finished negotiations to secure the credit facility from the African Development…

COCOBOD to introduce organic fertilizer on cocoa farms

GHANA - The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has unveiled plans to introduce use of organic fertilizer on cocoa farms in another strategy to increase yields and cocoa production in the country. The fertilizers will help in enriching the soil as opposed to use of chemicals and weedicides that has affected the soil fertility and yields…

Nestle Ghana appoints Philomina Tan as new Managing Director

GHANA - Nestle Ghana, a global food and beverage company has appointed Philomina Tan as new Managing Director effective August 2018, succeeding Mrs Freda Duplan who has been promoted as the Market Head of Nestlé Pakistan. Tan was Business Executive Officer (BEO) for Milo Malaysia and Singapore and in her new role she will be…