Hilton turns to Africa for growth targeting Rwanda and Botswana entry

KENYA - The American hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide Holdings plans to more than double the number of its hotels in Africa in the next five years and is considering entry into countries such as Botswana and Rwanda where it is not present, reports Reuters. The expansion will be mainly through a deal or partnership with…

Africa Improved Foods receives the first SDG Award for sustainable consumption

RWANDA- Africa Improved Foods (AIF), a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and a consortium of Royal DSM and investment firms has received the first SDG Award for sustainable consumption from the Swiss Green Economy Symposium (SGES). The event held 4 September in Zurich, Switzerland features companies committed to sustainability, with project distinctions focused…

Java kicks off 3-year growth strategy in Africa with 3 more outlets in Rwanda

RWANDA - Java House, one of the largest coffee houses in Africa is set to open three additional stores in the next six months in Rwanda as it plans to gain a wider footprint in the African coffee-led restaurants. According to Business Daily, the coffee chain plans to open two additional branches and an outlet…

Rwanda coffee exports to surge on increased production

RWANDA - Rwanda is expecting to reach 24,500 tonnes in coffee exports this year following manifold efforts to increase both quantity and quality of coffee in the country. According to the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), coffee exports are expected to increase from 23,000 tonnes exported in the year 2017. Since 2016 when Rwanda…

Rwanda launches the fourth Agriculture Transformation Strategy that cost US$3.14m

RWANDA - Rwanda has launched the fourth Agriculture Transformation Strategy (PST4) that is designed to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food, for US$3.14 million (Rw2.7 trillion), AllAfrica reported. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), the five-year plan strategy has four priority areas; innovation and extension, productivity and…

IFC launches food safety training to boost standards in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has unveiled a new training programme on food safety management practices aimed at boosting standards at both local and international markets. The training which involves food producers, retailers, industry experts and policy makers also has a sole purpose of developing the country’s food processing industry and putting Ethiopian…

IFC invests US$10m in Rwanda to support small business growth

RWANDA - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced a US$10 million loan investment in I&M Bank Rwanda to increase the bank’s capital base, increase lending to small and medium enterprises in addition to creating jobs in various sectors. The investment aims to provide financial incentives to smaller business in the agricultural, tourism, trade and…

Rwandan DSM’s venture, AIF nominated for Global Award

RWANDA - The Rwandan fortified food factory, Africa Improved Foods (AIF), has been nominated as a finalist to the 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards (WCIA), in the food category, reports KT Press. WCIA, now in its second year, celebrates businesses, policies, and non-profits that are poised to help shift society to a more sustainable and…

Skol Brewery Rwanda upgrades with its Global Water Engineering waste-to-water technology

RWANDA - Skol Brewery has upgraded its Rwandan Kigali plant with Global Water Engineering (GWE) world-class waste-to-energy technology that turns wastewater organic pollutants into biogas, or green energy, to profitably power plant boiler equipment while achieving high environmental benefits. Skol Kigali’s new continuous system highly efficiently removes organic waste material from production wastewater, converting more…

Rwanda ban on fruits from SA remains on issues around Listeria

RWANDA - Rwanda’s ban on fruits and other agric produce imported from South Africa remains standing until South Africa confirms that it has been able to control the listeriosis spread that has claimed 180 lives, report New Times. While Rwanda produces avocado, tree tomato, banana, passion fruits, mango, oranges, most of its apples are imported…