Stakeholders fault presidential directive on forex ban for food imports

NIGERIA – Following the recent directive by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari ordering the Central Bank of Nigeria to stop providing forex for food importation in the country, several stakeholders have called on the Government to […]

Rwanda secures US$91m funding to enhance food security efforts

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda has secured a US$91 million (Rwf83bn) funding from Japan to supplement the country’s effort to tackle malnutrition, reports New Times Rwanda. The agreement was signed between Rwanda’s Minister of […]

Ghanaian varsity develops technology to detect substandard rice

GHANA – The school of Agriculture at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana in collaboration with Queen’s University of the UK has developed a technology that detects substandard rice. The technology seeks to among […]

Kenya sees new accreditation service bills signed into law

KENYA – Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Accreditation Service Bill into law that seeks to promote accreditation services in the country. The new Accreditation Service Act establishes the Kenya National Accreditation Service (KENAS) […]

USDA approves Cargill’s plant-based fish oil alternative for US cultivation

“With USDA deregulation, Cargill plans to advance the commercialization of its long-chain omega-3 canola trait in a tightly-managed closed loop supply chain.”

Mondelēz International commits to calorie reduction in chocolate and biscuit products

UK – Mondelēz International has pledged to reduce calories in a range of its chocolate and biscuit products to below 100 calories by 2021. The cookies and milk-chocolate products maker plans to cut down calories […]

US signs trade agreement with European Union to expand beef exports

USA – The United States has signed an agreement with the European Union to lower trade barriers to Europe in a move that seeks to expand the beef export market access. “This is a tremendous […]

Rwanda approves tax breaks on alcohol brewed using locally sourced materials

RWANDA – The government’s proposal to reduce consumption tax on alcohol beverages brewed using locally sourced raw materials has received approval from the Members of the Chamber of Deputies. The MPs passed the draft law, […]

FDA approves soy leghemoglobin as color additive in beef analog products

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in uncooked ground beef analog products. This follows meat-alternative company Impossible Foods’ 2018 petition to have the ingredient […]

Pick n Pay to engage competition regulator over report on market dominance

SOUTH AFRICA – South African retail chain, Pick n Pay, has said that it will continue to engage South African competition regulators to address its concerns about the retailer’s market dominance in shopping malls. This […]