Malawi capacitates US$95m agricultural commercialization project

MALAWI – Malawi government has launched a six-year Agricultural Commercialization project (AGCOM) with support from the World Bank of USD 95 million loan facility aimed at supporting 650,000 farming households to venture into commercial farming […]

Coca-Cola teams up with Indian agritech platform DeHaat to increase fruits sourcing

INDIA – Coca-Cola India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Inidan agritech platform, Dehaat to increase production and sourcing of litchi fruits in east India. The companies will work jointly in a three-year project […]

EU supports Makueni county in implementation of food safety systems

KENYA – The County Government of Makueni, Eastern Kenya, has entered into partnership with Micro Enterprise Support Programme Trust (MESPT) and secured funding from the European Union (EU) through DANIDA to implement food safety systems […]

FDA announces corporate agreement to implement produce safety rule

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) have announced a new corporate agreement for the implementation of the produce safety rule. The Produce […]

Japanese firm to invest US$40m in pineapple processing plant in Sierra Leone

SIERRA LEONE – ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanese general trading company, will be investing US$40 million in establishing a pineapple farm and processing plant in Sierra Leone. According to a Sierra Leone News report, the pineapple […]

EU injects US$4.1m into Kenya’s agriculture sector to boost exports

KENYA –  Kenya and the European Union (EU) have signed a deal for the implementation a US$4.1 million agricultural project that seeks to boost horticulture exports. The funding will be used for the implementation of […]

Rwanda plans US$27.43m integrated fruit market to reduce post-harvest losses

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda has unveiled plans of setting up an integrated fruit market aimed at reducing post-harvest losses, at an estimated investment of between US$22 million and US$27.43 million (Rwf20 and Rwf25 […]

Del Monte Foods to close four US facilities in restructuring program

USA – Del Monte Pacific Ltd will be closing several facilities in the United States as part of a restructuring program that seeks to bring down costs. The canned fruit manufacturer said it is closing […]

Kenyan lobbies oppose draft rules on food and horticulture crops

KENYA – Lobbies in Kenya’s agriculture sector have opposed draft crops regulations published by the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA). In May this year, AFA published two draft regulations, the Crops (Food Crops) Regulations 2019 […]

Kenya partners with EU in setting up US$1.7m banana processing facility

KENYA – Kenya has initiated construction of a US$1.7 million (Sh170 million) banana processing plant co-funded by the European Union (EU) in Kisii county, Western Kenya. The value addition facility is set to boost banana […]