Kenyan lobbies oppose draft rules on food and horticulture crops

KENYA – Lobbies in Kenya’s agriculture sector have opposed draft crops regulations published by the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA). In May this year, AFA published two draft regulations, the Crops (Food Crops) Regulations 2019 […]

Kenya partners with EU in setting up US$1.7m banana processing facility

KENYA – Kenya has initiated construction of a US$1.7 million (Sh170 million) banana processing plant co-funded by the European Union (EU) in Kisii county, Western Kenya. The value addition facility is set to boost banana […]

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, […]

FDA investigates Salmonella outbreak linked to Papayas from Mexico

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration other partners are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Uganda and have potentially linked the outbreak to whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico. FDA, which […]

Dutch agric organisation Agriterra opens office in Rwanda

RWANDA – Agriterra, a Dutch agriculture organisation, has opened an office in Rwanda in a bid to support the country’s efforts of strengthening the agriculture sector. Under its operation, Agriterra seeks to ensure that ambitious […]

NIRSAL to raise US$391m to support Nigeria’s agriculture financing in six states

NIGERIA – The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) is set to raise over US$391.03 million (N140 billion) to finance agriculture in six states across the country over the next three years. An […]

Agricultural innovation needed to improve farmers’ resilience to drought, says FAO

AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has stressed on the need to use both simple solution and hi-tech tools to enhance farmers’ resilience to drought. FAO Director, General José […]

Kenya to raise US$250m to set up value-addition hubs under industrialisation initiative

KENYA – The government of Kenya is seeking to raise US$250 million (Shs25 billion) through partnership with development partners to facilitate establishment of value-addition hubs for agriculture produce. Mwangi Kiunjuri, the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, said […]

Ocado unveils US$21.6m investment in vertical farming, forms joint venture

UK – Ocado Group has announced that it is investing about US$21.6 million (£17 million) in vertical farming as it aims to become a leader in sustainable vertical farming. The company which is one of […]

South Africa Food Lover’s opens in new branch to grow footprint

SOUTH AFRICA – Food Lover’s Market, a fast food and grocery and store in South Africa has opened a new fast food outlet in Braamfontein’s Business Improvement District (BID), expanding its Eatery concept in the […]