NCPB partners with Safaricom’s integrated mobile platform DigiFarm to enable farmers access post-harvest services

KENYA – The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has signed an MoU with Safaricom’s DigiFarm Kenya to facilitate small-scale farmers in Kenya access post-harvest management services through the digital platform. NCPB shall offer post-harvest management services to farmers present on the platform, while DigiFarm will connect NCPB to small-scale farmers, who will, in turn, access NCPB services at prevailing rates “This MoU is aligned to the agriculture hub model that NCPB is required to establish under the Reforms. “The hub shall provide a one-stop shop for farmers to obtain…

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Kenya Breweries Limited kick starts second phase of US$3m Raising the Bar initiative

KENYA – Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), subsidiary of East African Breweries Limited has kicked off the second phase of a program that seeks to revive the hospitality sector through the provision of Covid-19 safety equipment, merchandise, and training. The initiative dubbed the Raising the Bar recovery program seeks to benefit nearly 850 bars and eateries across the country by end of November 2021 and subsequently improve their operations in the wake of the pandemic. During the first phase, 169 outlets around the Nairobi Metropolitan area have benefitted from the program,…

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Kenyan online food store Greenspoon bags financial backing to boost capabilities

KENYA – Greenspoon Ltd, Kenya’s first online food store to offer full transparency to its customers around the source of their food, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding from a consortium of Dutch investors, headed by The Blue Link. The lead investor- The Blue Link, also has interests in some of Kenya’s leading food processing companies to include: Highlands Drinks, Bio Food Products and Maxim Agri. The growth capital which will be channelled towards expansion of the business, comes at an opportune time as the Greenspoon is currently celebrating…

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US based Corteva Agriscience launches digital agronomic farmers guide in Kenya

KENYA – Corteva Agriscience, US based agriculture solutions provider has launched an application in Kenya to link farmers to agricultural experts, who will provide them with agronomic advice on weeds, diseases and pest control. The mobile application, dubbed Corteva FarmFundi, has been developed in partnership with Plantix and provides an easy-to-use, digital pest and disease identification guide for farmers. Mr Charles Mutema, Marketing Manager Corteva Agriscience Kenya said, “Our collaboration with Plantix allows us to combine the very best of innovative mobile farming technology with the keen insights and vast…

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Agricultural service provider Cropnuts launches cutting edge soil testing platform powered by AI

KENYA- Kenya based Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Ltd (Cropnuts), Africa’s leading independent laboratory for agricultural and environmental testing, has launched AgViza, a disruptive AI based soil testing and digital crop advisory service for smallholder farmers. Soil testing services have been out of financial reach for smallholder farmers, which is reflected in the fact that poor soil fertility remains a key driver of yield loss in smallholder farms across Africa. AgViza soil testing technology will change the status quo by empowering farmers with this critical soil management information. The technology bundles…

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AGRA hosts new Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa to boost agricultural productivity

KENYA – The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent, has launched a new center to champion development of improved quality, high-yielding seeds for various crop varieties in Africa with the goal of boosting agricultural productivity. The Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa (CESSA) was unveiled at the AGRF 2021 Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. CESSA is funded by Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) partners to include, AGRA, the Bill & Melinda…

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Naivas fosters seamless shopping experience by partnering with Jumia

KENYA – Kenya’s largest supermarket chain, Naivas has inked a partnership deal with Africa’s e-commerce giant, Jumia to offer customers a seamless shopping experience by availing a wide range of products on the platform. The partnership will first feature Naivas Food Market at Prestige Plaza along Ngong road, before rolling out to its other outlets nationwide, enabling customers to shop for their essentials virtually and have them delivered to their preferred location. Shoppers along Ngong Road, Community Area, Hurlingham, Mbagathi, Kileleshwa, and Lavington areas, are the targeted clientele of the…

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Unga Group taps into expertise of Premier Foods’ CEO Joseph Choge to be its new MD

KENYA – Unga Group Limited, a major grain miller in Kenya, has announced the retirement of its long serving Managing Director Nicholas Hutchinson, effective December 31 2021. The holding company with investments in flour milling and manufacturing of human nutrition products and animal feeds, has tapped into Premier Foods’ CEO Joseph Malel Choge, to take over from Mr Hutchinson from December 1. The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed company said in a notice that Hutchinson would continue in an advisory capacity for a while to ensure a smooth transition, reports Business Daily.…

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Uganda dismisses claims that Kenya slashed its sugar export quota

UGANDA – The government of Uganda has refuted claims that Kenya has cut the country’s sugar export quota by 79%. Recent reports indicated that Kenya had revised the allocated sugar imports quota for Uganda by cutting the allowable quantities of the commodity into the country to import 18,923 tonnes of sugar down from 90,000 tonnes. With the changes it was deemed that countries from the Southern Africa will account for the largest share of imports under the regional market window with eSwatini lead the pack with 68,959 tonnes followed by…

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EABL sustainability report reveals great progress towards gender inclusivity, environmental protection

KENYA – Women and the environment have emerged winners of East African Breweries’ push towards a sustainable future.   In the recently released 2021 sustainability report, EABL reported a 7.4% increase in female hires, majorly as a result of the company’s graduate programs focused on building gender diversity.  The company further notes that as of 2021, 14% of those in the brewer’s senior management and 42% of those sitting on its board were women.   As a result of the program, EABL now boasts of having 4 women master brewers, an all-female crew…

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