UBL, National Agricultural Research Organisation partner to boost local raw material sourcing

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited, subsidiary of Diageo through East African Breweries Limited (EABL), has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), to advance agricultural productivity in a bid to boost its local raw materials sourcing. The beer maker currently manufactures 96% of its brands locally and works with over 20,000 farmers countrywide who supply it with raw materials, investing over Ush. 45 billion (US$12.6m) in farming communities annually. This is undertaken through its local raw materials program which targets to source 100% of the…

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Nigerian processor WACOT Limited partners with Syngenta to offer farmers innovative crop-solutions

NIGERIA – WACOT Limited, leading food and agro-processing company in West Africa has partnered with global agritech company Syngenta Crop Protection, to boost Nigeria’s food security and ensure sustainable development of the agriculture sector. The collaboration set to run for five years, will build Nigeria’s agriculture sector with world-class science and innovative crop solutions. In a bid to reach the farmers, the initiative will leverage on WACOT Limited’s wide network as it operates in all 36 states in Nigeria and undertakes production of rice, maize, sorghum, soybean, cocoa, spices, sesame,…

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USAID partners with industry players led by Cargill to launch US$33m livestock management initiative

AFRICA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a five-year US$33 million Transformational Strategies for Farm Output Risk Mitigation (TRANSFORM) initiative, aimed to improve livestock management and combat the threat of zoonotic diseases to both human and animal health in the region. USAID has tapped on the expertise of a consortium of industry players led by Cargill and including Ausvet, Heifer International, and the International Poultry Council (IPC). The initiative will harness innovation to sustainably improve animal health, strengthen animal agriculture production systems in Africa and…

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InspiraFarms, Ifria partner to develop farm to market cold chain solutions in West and North Africa

AFRICA – African providers of cold storage solutions, Ifria Cold Chain Development Company and InspiraFarms, have entered into a regional strategic partnership to bring together deep knowledge in the cold chain business, technology development as well as economic and financial deployment skills in African countries. The partnership leverages on Ifria’s cold chain logistics expertise together with InspiraFarms’ next-generation on-farm cold chain & food handling technology and solutions. Ifria is an integrated cold chain development company operating in franchise, license, or directly- cold chain logistics assets, ranging from added value cold storage/logistic warehouses…

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Angolan milling company AP Foods partners with Webcor Group to increase pasta production, distribution

ANGOLA – The Webcor Group, one of Angola’s leading players in the agricultural commodities and business line, has signed a partnership agreement with AP Foods to increase the production of pasta and widen distribution of the product in the country. AP Foods is an Angolan milling company founded in 2016. It commenced operations with an installation of 20,000 tons/year pasta production plant. It later boosted its capacity by 56,800 tons/year, which the partnership will leverage on, in addition to its technical skills. Webcor Group will avail its logistical capacity to…

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Chr. Hansen Natural Colors appoints Barentz as its strategic distribution partner in Southern Africa

SOUTHERN AFRICA – Chr. Hansen Natural Colors, the world leader in food colouring solutions developed from natural sources, has appointed Barentz as its strategic partner for the distribution of its product portfolio in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Barentz is a global life science ingredients distributor for the human nutrition, pharmaceutical, personal care and animal nutrition markets. The appointment is an extension of an exciting partnership between the two companies and gives Barentz’ customers in the two Southern African countries access to the largest and most vibrant colour portfolio in human…

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Bidco Africa, Kenya Wildlife Services engage in sunflower farming in pursuit to end Human-Wildlife conflict

KENYA – Kenya’s leading producer of consumer goods, Bidco Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), aimed to tackle Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) among communities living adjacent to protected areas through sunflower farming and beekeeping. Under the agreement, Bidco will avail an offtake market for all the sunflower produced ensuring prompt payment to farmers. In addition, they will undertake training and sensitization on sunflower farming to communities through a partnership with organizations such as Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation. KWS on the other hand will identify…

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Nigeria partners with international experts to develop its livestock industry

NIGERIA – The Federal Government of Nigeria has appointed Cownexxion, an international dairy farming consultant to kick-start the National Livestock Transformation Plan. According to Klaas StruiksmaView Klaas Struiksma, CEO Cownexxion the focus of the 3-year project will be on feed production, development of knowledge and skills and the transformation of management in a bid to curb herd conflicts in the country. It will first be undertaken in the states of Nasarawa, Plateau, Gombe and Adamawa, with pilot farms established in each of the locations. The farms will act as a…

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Bidco Africa, JKUAT ink strategic partnership to boost skill development for economic growth

KENYA – Bidco Africa Limited, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenyan public university Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) that will see the two organizations collaborate on strategic fronts including agricultural research, innovation, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and the general improvement of agriculture and food security in the country. The MoU is aimed to develop a close synergy between the students of the institution of higher learning with industry players and communities in order to achieve sustainable development and progress. “The role of academia-industry linkage in promoting…

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IFC partners with Kobo360 to tackle food waste, reduce energy consumption in Nigeria

NIGERIA – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with Kobo360, an African digital logistics platform, announced an open call for innovators from around the world to bring climate-smart, temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) cooling solutions to Nigeria to help the country address food waste challenges, support its health sector, and reduce its energy consumption. The program is being implemented by IFC in partnership with the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Kobo360, an African e-logistics platform and IFC client. Applications are open until January…

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