Davipel Group invests US$12m in snack facilities

ZIMBABWE - Davipel Group of Companies, an agro-processing firm has invested US$12 million to construct two state-of-the-art snack facilities as it builds mileage in snacking, milling and feed production. Launched by President Mnangagwa, the facilities come handy following the government’s control on imports under Statutory Instrument 64 (SI 64) of 2016, a legislation that requires…

World Bank, federal government opens up markets for rice farmers

NIGERIA - The Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the World Bank is opening new market frontiers for rice farmers by linking them with off-takers and aggregators, reported This Day Nigeria. Through the Ministry of Water Resources, the government organised a business forum bringing together rice farmers, off-takers and other value chain actors in…

Morocco to receive US$236m from AfDB to reinforce agricultural value chains

MOROCCO - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank, Côte d’Ivoire’s multilateral development finance institution has approved US$236 million loan for Agricultural development in Morocco. The funding will finance the Program for Supporting the Inclusive and Sustainable Development of Agricultural Value Chains (PADIDFA) while reinforcing sustainable job creation. The program aims to support…

Kenyan mobile platform that boosts agric sector to showcase at Expo 2020 Dubai

KENYA - Kenyan startup and mobile-driven platform for sourcing fresh agric produce is set to showcase its solutions at the Expo 2020 Dubai, run by organizers of World Expo, an event that introduces the world to innovations including agricultural exhibitions. Selina Wamucii, a GLOBALG.A.P. certified farm sources smallholder fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, herbs…

Nigeria agric products exports worth US$81m in three months

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s exports in agricultural products including cashew nuts, biscuits, cocoa butter, sesame seeds, frozen shrimps, biscuits and others were estimated to be worth US$81.02 million between January and March 2018, a 558.46% increase compared to the same period in 2017. ThisDayLive reported the increase in agricultural commodities which stood at 45,462 tonnes was…

Olam launches a sustainable and traceable sourcing solution for agricultural raw materials

SINGAPORE - Olam International, a leading global agri-business has launched AtSource, a sustainable and traceable sourcing solution that will provide unrivalled environmental and social insights into the journey of agricultural raw materials. It will also help in getting food ingredients from the farm to manufacturing and retail customers. AtSource will also enhance Olam’s ability to…

France processed food sector increases by 5.6% to US$191b

FRANCE - The French food processing sector value has been increased by 5.6% in 2017 and is valued at US$191 billion with over 17,600 food processors from small-scale to some of the largest food companies in the world. According to Global Agricultural Information Network, the progress in food technology, marketing innovations and exports of finished…

Olam launches ‘net-positive’ sustainability policy

SINGAPORE - Olam International has launched a ‘net-positive’ sustainability policy applicable to commodities globally for direct and indirect sourcing with an aim to re-generate rural landscapes and eco-systems. Under the program, deemed Olam Living Landscapes Policy (OLLP), offers a net-positive approach to agricultural supply chains and landscape management, and aims to adopt principles that support…

Unilever Nigeria aims to achieve 100% in local sourcing by 2019

NIGERIA - Unilever Nigeria has embarked on local sourcing of raw materials by partnering with local partners to enhance capabilities in production with an aim to achieve 100% in local sourcing by 2019. In collaboration local and intermediary companies, Unilever is building on long-term relationship with its strategic partners with a focus on value and…

USDA opens new APHIS office to expand US’s export market to Vietnam

ASIA - USDA through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has opened a new office in Hanoi, Vietnam as it seeks to improve US’s export market footprint for agricultural products in the Southeast Asian country. This makes up USDA’s strategy to create new opportunities for American producers and increase trade between them. USDA…