Rwandan DSM’s venture, AIF nominated for Global Award

RWANDA - The Rwandan fortified food factory, Africa Improved Foods (AIF), has been nominated as a finalist to the 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards (WCIA), in the food category, reports KT Press. WCIA, now in its second year, celebrates businesses, policies, and non-profits that are poised to help shift society to a more sustainable and…

Bob’s Natural Foods recalls organic amaranth flour on presence of Salmonella

USA - Bob Red Mill, producer of whole grain and gluten-free foods in the US has voluntarily recalled 2,099 cases of Organic Amaranth Flour, after one of the flour lots tested positive on the presence of Salmonella. In an article by World Grain, the single lot of flour also had a sell-by date of Nov.…

Africa Rice and IRRI join hands to enhance capacity in rice production

COTE D’IVOIRE - Africa Rice Center and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to expand their partnership to enhance research and develop capacity for rice production in Africa. A stronger partnership means to harness synergies in addressing the growing needs in the rice sector and in the long run impact positively on rice-based…

Africa Rice launches mobile app for low-cost rice weed control

COTE D’ IVOIRE - Africa Rice Centre has unveiled a free mobile app, ‘RiceAdvice-WeedManager’ a tool to help African rice farmers manage and control weeds most effectively and at a lower cost. The program aims to improve efficiency, productivity and in the long-run create value to farmers in rice environments ranging from rain-fed uplands to…

Kenya corn production to rebound, high wheat output forecast

KENYA - Kenya’s corn and wheat production is expected to increase to 3.2 million tonnes and 360,000 tonnes in the 2018/19 MY, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA. Corn production will increase 10% from 2.9 million tonnes in 2017-18 due to an improvement in weather conditions after a prolonged drought…

Kice Industries and Sangati Berga sign US, Canada distribution deal

BRAZIL - Kice Industries Inc., the American company that designs complete industrial air systems and builds equipment and Brazilian grains industry equipment provider Sangati Berga have announced the signing of an agreement to form a strategic alliance between the two companies. Sangati Berga deals with production and commercialization of machinery and installations, cereal processing, animal…

Muehlenchemie opens first African technology center

NIGERIA – German food ingredients solutions provider Mühlenchemie GmbH has opened its first technology center in Africa. The specialist for flour improvement and fortification has opened a baking laboratory in Lagos, Nigeria’s industrial heartland. The new facility in Lagos is the first technology center on the continent of Africa by the company. Having development capabilities…

Rice in Nigeria: Building local capacity to grow, process vital grain

This article appeared in the Sept/October issue of Food Business Africa magazine The Government of Nigeria, the world’s second largest importer of rice, has initiated a number of policy initiatives in the last few decades to boost rice production and processing in the country. Despite these initiatives, the country continues to import large quantities, as…