South Sudan partners with IFAD to boost productivity, food security and resilience of small-scale farmers

SUDAN – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in collaboration with the government of Sudan, have launched the South Sudan Livelihoods Resilience Project (SSLRP), aimed to empower rural people to boost productivity, food security and nutrition, and resilience. The new US$19.9 million project will bring the much-needed help to 38,800 rural households facing the impacts of poverty, food insecurity and climate change in South Sudan. At a time when the COVID-19 crisis and climate change could further push the 85 per cent of South Sudanese who live in rural…

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AfDB, FAO and South Sudan ink protocols for US$14m grant to boost agricultural markets

SOUTH SUDAN – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed protocols to disburse a US$14 million grant to the Government of South Sudan to boost agricultural markets in a project to be implemented by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Agricultural Markets, Value Addition and Trade Development (AMVAT) project aims to enhance agricultural productivity and boost the marketing and trade of agricultural products in South Sudan. The project will be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in close liaison with the country’s…

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World Food Programme launches first nutrition programme in Khartoum to curb malnutrition

SUDAN—The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first nutrition support programme in Khartoum, Sudan, targeting 175,000 pregnant and nursing women and children under five. The program is undertaken in collaboration with the Khartoum State Ministry of Health (SMOH), who will be the implementers and is funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). “Malnutrition at its extremes is a matter of life and death, and in the long term can hold back people and countries, undermining economies and development,” said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Hameed…

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DAL Group secures US$75m to improve food security in Sudan

SUDAN – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed an agreement with DAL Group, Sudan’s largest foods and agriculture business company, for the provision of up to US$75 million to improve the agribusiness sector, as well as leveraging private sector investments. The agreement is the Bank’s first private-sector loan to the East African nation. The Bank loan will contribute to DAL Group’s Investment Programme, part of the company’s strategic growth initiative for Sudan and the East African region. Under this programme, DAL Group aims to reduce the nation’s dependence on…

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Chinese International Shandong company to Invest in Sudan’s animal resource sector

SUDAN — The Chinese International Shandong (CSI) company, that executes contractual international aid projects for the Chinese government has expressed desire to invest in animal resources sector and contributes in developing it. The General Manager of the company Bin Shede revealed this during a meeting with undersecretary of the ministry of animal resources Dr. Adeel Farah that the company is willing to invest in the field of rehabilitation of slaughterhouses, the animal skin industry and veterinary vaccines. An agreement was reached between the two parties to rehabilitate a veterinary drug…

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AfDB approves US$81.7m in funding for agricultural expansion in Sudan

SUDAN – The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a US$60m loan to Elnefeidi Group Holding Company in Sudan to help finance its long-term agriculture and food expansion programme. The loan is expected to contribute significantly to food security, food import substitution, and household incomes by creating jobs. It will also in turn increase local productivity and distribution by over half a million metric tonnes each year across several countries.   The planned expansion includes increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing related infrastructure, food processing and distribution. It will directly…

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Kenya partners WFP in US$80m deal to improve food security in northwest region

KENYA – The Turkana County government in the northwest region of Kenya has signed a US$80 million five year deal with the World Food Programme (WFP) for a joint implementation of programmes aimed at achieving food security. WFP will contributed US$51 million (Sh51 billion) while the county will inject US$33.5 million (Sh3.3 billion) in the five-year programme beginning 2019. Speaking after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the county headquarters in Lodwar, Governor Josphat Nanok, said the food security programme targets 10,000 households, reports Daily Nation. WFP…

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Sudan grants Kenyan tea one-year extension ahead of new pact on standards

SUDAN – Sudan, one of the major buyers of Kenyan tea, has once again granted Kenya a one year extension to for Kenyan tea access to the Sudanese market without restrictions as the two country’s continue to address issues of quality. According to a report by Business Daily, the extension follows the lapse of the previous one-year window granted by Sudan to allow Kenya proceed with its research of the keeping life of the commodity amid raising concerns over the shelf-life. The two countries have had conflicting reports over the…

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AfDB approves US$75m investment in Sudan’s largest food and agro firm, Dal Group

SUDAN – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a multi-currency loan equivalent to US$75 million to DAL Group Co. Ltd, one of Sudan’s largest food and agriculture business groups. The transaction is expected to contribute to broad-based economic growth, build resilience and address food security as well as promote private sector-led economic diversification by bringing to scale, an existing and successful private sector initiative. “By partnering with DAL Group, the Bank will leverage on Sudan’s high agricultural potential as well as the experience and resilience of a private enterprise…

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Dairy firm to introduce Journalists Award to promote sector

TANZANIA – ASAS Dairies Ltd, a private dairy processing firm in Tanzania is contemplating on introducing Journalist Award to enhance growth in the sector by promoting existing opportunities as well as attract investments. According to Daily News, the award would motivate journalists to write more about prospective opportunities in the sector, in the long-run boost investments from both the private and public investors. “As key stakeholders in the sector, we have found it appealing to recognize and honour the contributions of journalists in creating awareness on opportunities available in the…

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