Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Dangote Foundation devotes US$50m to tackle malnutrition in Africa

NIGERIA - The Aliko Dangote Foundation, founded by the wealthiest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has lined US$50 million to be invested in tackling the challenge of malnutrition in Nigeria and Africa, reports the Guardian. The initiative forms part of the foundation’s goal to not only feed but also nourish the world. It will…

Rabobank announces launch of 20 Start-ups to help reduce food loss in Asia

ASIA – Rabobank, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company, has announced 20 start-ups; Food Loss Challenge Asia that focus on critical holistic solutions addressing the issue of food loss throughout the supply chain. According to Rabobank, Food Loss Challenge Asia is a competition where start-ups pitch their ideas to reduce food loss to…

Food delivery firms Swiggy, Zomato, UberEats delists 10,500 ‘unsafe’ restaurants

INDIA- Food delivery and ecommerce platforms Zomato, Swiggy, UberEats and Food Panda have abandoned and delisted 10,500 restaurants after failing to meet the food safety regulator’s requirements. According to ET Retail, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) review indicted that Zomato had delisted 2,500, Swiggy 4,000, Foodpanda 1,800, UberEats 2,000 partner hotels…

Zambia 2019 budget focuses on broadening tax base, ease foreign debt and diversify through agriculture

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has proposed revenue measures in the 2019 budget with a focus to enhance diversification through agriculture and tourism, a move that may be critical in easing the country’s external debt burden which stood at US$9.4 billion at the end of June. Despite increasing concerns on the sustainability of Zambia’s…

Tesco removes “best-before” dates from fruits and vegetable products to cut on food waste

UK – Tesco, a British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer, is scrapping more "best before" dates from another 116 fruit and vegetable products in a move the supermarket says will help consumers cut food waste. In May, the UK's biggest grocer successfully trialled removing labels from 70 pre-packaged fresh food lines, and among the…

Tanzania’s milk import fees increases 13-fold amidst a series of bans

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has introduced new regulations which will require milk importers to pay thirteen times more in milk import fees, reports the Citizen. According to stakeholders, the move which equates to total ban will hurt the dairy industry which relies on imported milk to manufacture some of its products. The newly…

FSSAI to discuss mandatory inclusion of nutritional facts and healthy options in airline meals

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has called a meeting with airlines, flight caterers and airport operators, seeking to make it mandatory for airlines to serve meal with nutritional information as well as healthier options, ET Retail reports. Airlines may need to include complete information on nutritional aspects like calories, list…

State takes over US$23m school meals project from World Food Programme

KENYA - The government of Kenya has taken charge over the school feeding project previously allocated to the global food-assistance agency, World Food Programme (WFP), reports the Nation. The WFP, who have been sponsors of the school feeding programs in Arid and Semi–Arid areas in the country had earlier indicated that they were set to…