Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar and cancer

BELGIUM - A nine-year joint research project conducted by VIB, KU Leuven and VUB has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research. Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer,…

Gaps persist in Zambia’s food fortification system, study suggests

ZAMBIA - A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that most fortified sugar sold at retail outlets in one Zambian community did not contain the minimum amount of vitamin A required by the government. Only 11 percent of sugar tested met the required minimum concentration of vitamin A.…

Mumias Sugar resumes operations after long closure

KENYA - Mumias Sugar whose plant has been undergoing routine maintenance Mumias Sugar Company has started crushing cane after more than eight months of maintenance. The company closed for maintenance early this year, even though inadequate cane also contributed to the closure. Board Chairman Dr Kenneth Mulwa said the factory started operations at the weekend. “I can confirm to…

Ethiopian Sugar Corporation and Dubai-based buyer end sugar contract

ETHIOPIA – A Dubai-based sugar trader has pulled out of a contract to supply the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation with 44,000 tonnes of sugar, valued at US$2.2 million. According to Addis Fortune, Agri Commodities had written a letter of termination on October 3, 2017, informing the Corporation on the cessation of contract, valued at US$2.2 million…

Nigeria loses US$600m annually to sugar importation

NIGERIA - Nigeria is said to be losing at least $600million foreign exchange annually to the importation of sugar for domestic consumption. Director Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics, National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Mr. Hezekiah kolawole, disclosed this in his address at a Sugar Sensitisation Workshop on the implementation of the national Sugar Master Plan,…