RSPO tightens standards to enhance palm oil sustainability

AFRICA – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a palm oil industry watchdog, has introduced tougher rules to its members in the industry as it seeks to make the edible oil ‘greener’. RSPO says […]

AB InBev’s ZX Ventures invests in blockchain technology platform BanQu

USA – ZX Ventures, the venture capital arm of the global beer company AB InBev has invested in in Minnesota-based BanQu, a blockchain startup in its Series A funding round. Founded in 2015, BanQu, Inc. […]

U.S. Department of Agriculture appoints three senior leaders

USA – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed three individuals to take up senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Mindy Brashears was named Deputy Under Secretary for Food […]

Norwegian government, WFP sign US$3m deal to support Tanzanian farmers

TANZANIA – The government of Norway has signed a US$3 million (Tsh8 billion) with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at improving smallholder farming in Tanzania, reports Daily News. The funding will support the […]

US and China ease tariff war with a ‘90-days ceasefire’ period

USA – China and the United States of America have agreed to ease their stances in a bid to avoid escalation of tariff war that has since negatively impacted the nations’ agricultural and other trade. […]

Barry Callebaut forms partnerships for slave-free cocoa sourcing

NETHERLANDS – Barry Callebaut, Dutch supermarket chain, Albert Heijn and the Dutch confectionery company Tony’s Chocolonely have formed a strategic partnership to set chocolate industry standards with an aim to end child labour and slavery […]

Tanzania’s sorghum market prices stabilize as supply improves

TANZANIA– Tanzania’s sorghum consumer price has stabilised following a surplus in the past four months, according to data released by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The price is said to have remained low […]

China to boost Tanzania’s cashew sector with a new processing facility

TANZANIA – Tanzania is set to benefit from a Chinese cashew processing plant to be opened at the Chinese Sunshine Industry in Mtwara region, reports AllAfrica. The plant will have a capacity of processing 5,000 […]

Rwanda invests in climate information project to boost farming

RWANDA – Rwanda has set out US$674,220 to fund a new project that will focus on providing climate change information service and promote disaster risk reduction to farmers in the country, according to New Times. […]

Tanzania government pays out US$1.95m to cashew nut growers

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania in conjunction with the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) has released US$1.95 million (Tsh4.5 billion) to pay growers of cashew nuts after they sold their commodity to the government, […]