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 […]

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 […]

Bunge acquires stake in Brazilian grains and inputs supplier Agrofel Grains

BRAZIL – Global agribusiness company, Bunge has entered into an agreement to acquire 30% stake in a Brazilian-grain sourcing business, Agrofel Grains and Inputs. Agrofel sells agricultural supplies in the southern state of Rio Grande […]

Zambia partners with USAID in commissioning first hybrid maize seed export to DRC

ZAMBIA – Zambian government in partnership with the South African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and the USAID have commissioned the first hybrid maize seed export from Zambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This […]

USAID donates cold storage facility to Zambia Seed Control and Certification Institute

ZAMBIA – The USA government through USAID’s Feed the Future Southern Africa Seed Trade Project, officially handed over a rebuilt cold storage facility to the Zambia Seed Control and Certification Institute, SCCI in Chilanga Southern […]

Terra Ingredients and Stone Mill partner in expanding roasting capabilities

USA – Terra Ingredients, a leading supplier of ingredients to the consumer packaged goods and animal feed markets and Stone Mill have expanded their roasting services with the addition of a new roasting solution. Stone […]

International Grain Council raises global grain production forecast by 11m tonnes

USA – The International Grains Council (IGC) has revised its forecast for total world grain production in 2019-20 upwards by 11 million tonnes. In its most recent monthly Grain Market Review (GMR) the IGC said […]

Ghana Commodity Exchange to launch rice trading on its platform

GHANA – The Ghana Commodity Exchange revealed that it has completed feasibility studies into the local rice market ahead of the listing of the commodity on the exchange later this year. The move, which seeks […]

US strikes trade deal with Japan on agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital trade

FRANCE – The United States and Japan announced a new trade agreement at the G-7 summit in France that will focus on agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital trade. U.S. President Donald Trump said the deal would […]

Zambian farmers oppose reintroduction of maize price control

ZAMBIA – The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), Zambia’s biggest farmer-lobby group is opposing efforts by the government to reintroduce price controls on maize. The sentiment comes on the heels of escalating maize prices in […]