USAID, World Cocoa Foundation unveil US$2m fund to boost cocoa sector in Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation has announced a US$2 million fund to boost cocoa sector in Ivory Coast. Mark Green, USAID Administrator the funds will also facilitate empowering women to fully participate in the value chain outlining that the agency has in…

U.S. beef, poultry and egg products gain new market access in Tunisia

TUNISIA - Tunisia has opened its market for beef, poultry, and egg products from the United States following an agreement between the two governments to allow importation of the products into the country. Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture said the agreement strengthens the United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) commitment to expanding its reach…

AfDB approves US$23m to support agribusinesses in eight African countries

AFRICA - The African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Board of Directors of the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) has approved US$23 million grant to support agribusiness Small-and-Medium- sized Enterprises (SMEs) in eight African countries. The fund will be used to finance agribusiness in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania with…

Industrialisation lobby group proposes US$2bn bond to support Ghana’s agriculture sector

GHANA – The Alliance for Development and Industrialization (ADI), an industrialisation advocacy group in Ghana, has tabled a US$2 billion Transformational Commodity Fund (TCF) for the development of a sustainable agriculture sector in Ghana. According to ADI the US$2 billion fund will support the entire sector and adjourning structures such as roads infrastructure at community…

South Africa Tiger Brands prepares against listeriosis class-action lawsuit

SOUTH AFRICA - Tiger Brands, a packaged-food company based in South Africa, announced that it is set to defend its position in the class action lawsuit against the company following the listeriosis outbreak of 2018. In a statement issued to Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the consumer goods company said it has received a summons in respect…

Ethiopian industrial conglomerate invests US$1.64m in new flour milling plant

ETHIOPIA – The A.S.S.E.S. Industry Plc, an Ethiopian conglomerate, has invested US$1.64 million in establishing a modern wheat flour processing plant in Amhara Regional state, Ethiopia. Established on a 1,254 Square metre land, the new plant has a processing capacity of producing 82000 kilogrammes of wheat flour per day. According to Sema Melaku, assistant factory…

Ghana commences trade of soybean at commodity exchange platform

GHANA - The Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) has commenced the sale of soybean through the platform in a move to formalise and develop the value chain. Speaking during the launch of soybean on the Exchange platform, Dr Kadri Alfah, the Chief Executive officer of GCX said that the platform will improve the value chain, reports…

Zimbabwean government partners private investors to boost milk production

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe is set to partner investors in the private sector to facilitate implementation of a comprehensive strategy that seeks to boost milk production in the country. The move is part of the government’s intervention to progressively reduce the 44.6 million litres milk supply deficit depicted in the country’s production of…

Ethiopian government to privatize 13 sugar factories to improve efficiencies

ETHIOPIA - The Ethiopian government has embarked on the process of privatizing 13 sugar factories that are operational or under construction as it seeks to enhance efficiency and improve productivity. According to Addis Fortune, the ministry of finance and the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation have released a request for information (RFI) which will be used to…

Kenyan retailer Uchumi Supermarkets banks on franchising to drive growth

KENYA – Kenya based retailer, Uchumi Supermarkets, has unveiled plans of franchising more of its branches across the country in a move that aims at enabling the retailer recover its performance and grow its business. Speaking while handing over its Nairobi West branch that will see the outlet operated by a franchisee Uchumi Supermarkets chief…