SNV implements US$2.1m project targeting East Africa’s agribusiness companies

EAST AFRICA – SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, a non-profit international development organisation is implementing a five year Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (Craft) project in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda worth 2 million Euros (US$2.1m). The project funded by Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs is undertaken in partnership with Wageningen University and Research (WUR), CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra, and Rabo Partnerships. It is specifically targeting Agribusiness companies and farmers working in the sunflower, soybean, sesame, common beans, potato and sorghum value chains in…

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Pyxus Agriculture to invest US$50m in value addition of Malawi’s agric produce

MALAWI – Pyxus Agriculture Limited, subsidiary of United Kingdom-based company Pyxus Agriculture Holding Limited, focusing on groundnuts and sunflower value addition ventures has announced that it will invest $50 million (about K37 billion) in Malawi’s agriculture sector in the next five years. The firm, which started its operations in April this year, is targeting to incorporate about 10,000 farmers in its first growing season in groundnuts, sunflower and beans farming. The US$50m is an addition to the US$11 million the company invested as a base in its first operational year,…

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UNIDO to help Nigeria to resume beans exports to EU

NIGERIA – The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will in the next month begin a pilot project to enable the resumption of export of Nigerian dried beans to the European Union (EU). According to an article by the Daily Trust, the European Union had instilled the ban for export to the member countries from Nigeria only for dried beans. EU said the measures concerned only beans because they were frequently rejected for health reasons, mainly due to high level of pesticides at the EU border. UNIDO will write to EU…

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