AfDB, Dangote Foundation launch action plan to improve child nutrition in Africa

AFRICA – The African Development Bank in collaboration with Aliko Dangote Foundation and Big Win Philanthropy has unveiled a new Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan that aims at reducing stunting by 40% in African children aged under 5 by 2025. The initiative targets to raise investments geared towards improving nutrition information across the continent where undernutrition…

Tanzania Dairy Board and TADB signs deal to develop value chain

TANZANIA - Tanzania Dairy Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) on development of the dairy value chain. A report by TheCitizen indicates that the agreement targets to enhance sector growth and help strengthen the capabilities in Tanzania’s dairy. “This agreement meant a lot for increasing productivity, sustainable production…

Zimbabwe’s biggest flour miller National Foods to close down mills

ZIMBABWE – National Foods, Zimbabwe’s leading flour and food producer has announced that it plans to shut down its flour mills blamed on impeding foreign currency shortages in the country, according to ANA report. The Harare based food company had written to its customers indicating the intention to close down its flour processing factories in…

Ghana launches US$2.4m national rice initiative for self-sufficiency

GHANA – The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has launched a US$2.4 million national rice Initiative with an aim to reduce over-reliance on imports and enhance the country’s rice self-sufficiency, reports Ghanaian Times. Referred to as Public-Private Partnership for Competitive and Inclusive Rice Value Chain Development: Planting for Food and Jobs-Rice Chapter, the initiative…

Zambia’s fish production to hit 40,000 tons with ZAED project

ZAMBIA - The Zambian government has said that fish production is expected to increase to 40,000 tonnes upon completion of the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development (ZAED) Project in 2021, reports The Times of Zambia. The project is aimed at stimulating growth in the aquaculture subsector in order to promote economic diversification and sustainable employment generation…

Uganda development agency to open sugar and fruit processing plants

UGANDA - The Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) is set to see the commissioning of Soroti Fruit Factory and Atiak Sugar Factory following the continued investment into the country’s agricultural chain. According to the Monitor, farmers in Soroti have embarked into fruit farming in order to supply the US$12.9 million worth factory upon completion. Amelia Kyambadde,…

Ghana institute develops new rice and cowpea varieties to boost economy

GHANA - Ghana’s research institutes have developed new rice and cowpea varieties with improved traits that is set to improve the country’s economy by US$160.67 million, reports Ghana News Agency. According to an economic assessment done by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the country is set to gain over US$160 million upon…

Uganda approves safe development of genetically engineered foods

UGANDA - Uganda’s parliament has passed the Genetically Engineering Regulatory Bill, 2018 which aims at providing a regulatory framework for the safe development and application of biotechnology and release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), reports The Observer. According to the Committee on Science and Technology through its Vice Chairperson, Hon. Lawrence Akugizibwe, the new bill…

Uganda considers rice import ban to improve domestic production

UGANDA - Uganda’s government is considering to stop importation of unprocessed rice by processors so as to improve the domestic supply, reports the Monitor. The consideration has been informed by a survey revealing that the country has a capacity of processing 7,158 metric tonnes per day, a situation arising from the increased number of rice…

Syngenta to scale development of hybrid wheat ahead of 2020 release

USA – The world agricultural company, Syngenta has said that it remains committed to development of hybrid wheat in North America after expectations for the release of hybrid wheat in North America around 2020-21, reports World Grain. The company said it has decided to scale back late-stage development work in hybrid wheat in North America…