USDA reduces United States’ corn and soybean production forecasts to five-year low

USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a recent report placed the projected production of corn in the Unites States at 13.779 billion bushels, down by 19.816 million bushels from the September forecast. In […]

AGCO partners with the Benin government in establishing a new Agri-Park project

BENIN – AGCO a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the investment arm of Benin, the Agency for Promotion of Investments and Exports (APIEX), […]

Nestlé, Danone among firms recognized for leadership in sustainability by UN Global Compact

USA – Nestlé, Danone and Unilever have been named as Global Compact LEAD companies for their ongoing commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and its Ten principles for responsible business. Nestlé joined the […]

Glencore joins global agriculture commodity trade modernization initiative

USA – Global agribusiness company, Glencore Agriculture has joined other major partners in industry-wide initiative to modernize global agricultural commodity trade operations. The initiative now comprises of six agricultural commodity trade giants including Archer Daniels […]

Nigerian state government to commission US$11.11m rice mill factory

NIGERIA – Kogi State government in central Nigeria is set to commission a Rice mill factory worth N4 billion (about US$11.11m) before November to boost rice production in the State. The rice milling plant which […]

Malawi capacitates US$95m agricultural commercialization project

MALAWI – Malawi government has launched a six-year Agricultural Commercialization project (AGCOM) with support from the World Bank of USD 95 million loan facility aimed at supporting 650,000 farming households to venture into commercial farming […]

Zimbabwe imports 17,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania to ease shortage

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe has commenced importation of 17,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania to alleviate food shortages brought about by the El-Nino-induced drought compounded by Cyclone Idai which hit Zimbabwe in March, destroying many crops […]

USDA invests in scientific research programme to promote sustainable agricultural practices

USA – US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested US$77.8 million in research that will focus on sustaining a more abundant, nutritious, and accessible food supply. […]

Agritech start-up Lentera to hold fundraising for expansion of solutions to farmers

KENYA – Lentera, a Kenyan Agri-tech startup, is raising a US$560,000 funding round to build out crop-specific versions of its climate smart solutions for African farmers. Lentera started as a soil health and crop nutrition […]

Japanese consortium to fund Kenyan small-scale sorghum processors

KENYA – A consortium of private firms from Japan have rolled out an initiative to equip and fund Kenyan small scale processors to add value to sorghum in efforts to boost uptake of the traditional […]