AfDB, Italian Technical Cooperation Fund extend US$1.18m grant to boost agriculture value chains in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE – The African Development Bank (AfDB), with financing from the Italian Technical Cooperation Fund, has provided a €990,000 (US$1.18 million) grant to help smaller agro-processing enterprises in Mozambique boost production and quality control. The project will enable the businesses to better tap into national and regional markets and capitalize on the opportunities created by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique is the implementing agency. “We are pleased to receive this grant from the African Development Bank and the Italian Technical Cooperation…

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Ghana gears up with one-district-one-factory initiative, invests in new agro-processing facilities

GHANA –Premium Foods Limited, supplier of blended fortified and non-fortified food products in Ghana, has cut ribbon to it new factory operating under the government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative (1D1F). Over the years, Premium Foods has been the main supplier to global organizations, including international relief organizations, and multinational food and beverage manufacturing companies across Africa, such as the “Feed the Future” programme, under the US Government’s Global Hunger & Food Security Initiative. The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has the capacity to blend over 96,000 metric tonnes annually of maize, soybean, sorghum…

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Tanzania record’s eight-year high coffee export earnings fetching US$137m in 2020/21 season

TANZANIA – The norm of coffee drinking which was fuelled by lock-downs prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has highly favoured the Tanzanian export market recording an eight-year high of both the value and quantity of coffee exported in the 2020/21 season. According to the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB), the country exported 70,388 tonnes of coffee, a rise from the previous season’s 59, 332 tonnes earning US$137m, an increase of 20% from US$112.85m fetched in 2019/2020. The last time the country recorded high coffee sales was in 2012/13 earning US$181.79 million…

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Shoprite keeps customers in mind renews partnership with global Customer Data Science company dunnhumby

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite, the grocery retailer in Africa with over 500 stores and 20 million customers across the continent, has renewed its partnership with dunnhumby, the global player in Customer Data science. This will enable Shoprite to continue personalising customer experience as it continues to evolve its business to better serve its clientele, with the introduction of the Xtra Savings cards and their continued commitment to low prices. “We continue to innovate and leverage new technology to meet consumer expectations, and over the last eight years dunnhumby has worked…

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