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July 2018

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Why Kenya is at trade war with Uganda

Why Kenya is at trade war with Uganda

Ugandan President Museveni has deployed the UPDF on Lake Victoria to reduce on illegal fishing after the vice nearly depleted fish stocks on the largest lake in Africa.
Scientists Are Fighting to Save the Banana

Scientists Are Fighting to Save the Banana

Bananas may go for dirt-cheap prices at the grocery store, but behind the scenes investors are flinging millions of dollars at the industry in an effort to save our favorite fruit.
Kenya: Government to improve Camel productivity through a new drug

Kenya: Government to improve Camel productivity through a new drug

The government is set to unveil a new camel drug to help increase productivity in the country and in turn improve livelihoods in the Horn of Africa.
Kenya launches unsecured loan scheme for women in agriculture

Kenya launches unsecured loan scheme for women in agriculture

Kenya on Wednesday launched a 10 million U.S. dollars unsecured loan scheme to enable women (who are a majority of farmers in the country) access to loans.
IMF to approve Dh2bn payment to Egypt

AATF receives grant to make new drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize hybrids

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation has been awarded a $24.6 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the commercialization of insect-resistant and drought-tolerant maize in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ethiopia: Livestock Development to Improve Pastoral Livelihood

Ethiopia: Livestock Development to Improve Pastoral Livelihood

Ethiopia is a country endowed with high potential of livestock. Ethiopia is leading in livestock resources in Africa with a total population of 54 million heads of cattle, 2.5 million camels, 25.5 million sheep, 24.6 million goats, and 50 million poultry.
Driving constructive economic outcomes from the FinTech ecosystem in Africa

FG, AfDB, IITA partner to tackle $35bn Africa food import

Africa cannot continue with $35 billion annual food import, with Nigeria’s massive arable land, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, has said.
Sierra Leone: 'Over Three Million People Are Food Insecure

Sierra Leone: 'Over Three Million People Are Food Insecure'

The National Coordinator for the Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food, Mohamed S. Conteh, has noted that an estimated three million people were food insecure in the country, which, he said, represents 49.8% of the population.
Zimbabwe: Timb Statistics Point to Great Potential in Agriculture

Zimbabwe: Editoral Comment - Timb Statistics Point to Great Potential in Agric

Indications by the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board that tobacco production hit 207 million kg -- the highest volume produced post-land reform -- speaks volumes about where we are headed as a nation whose economy is largely hinged on agriculture.
Nigeria: Govt's Proposed Ranching Projects

Nigeria: Govt's Proposed Ranching Projects

According to the scheme known as the Livestock Transformation Plan, the Federal Government is to spend N179 billion over 10 years to establish ranches throughout the country.
Rwanda Launches Rwf2.7 Trillion Agriculture Development Strategy

Rwanda Launches Rwf2.7 Trillion Agriculture Development Strategy

Rwanda has launched the fourth Agriculture Transformation Strategy that is designed to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food.
Increased milk production with low consumption

Uganda: Increased milk production with low consumption

According to Uganda Dairy Development Authority, the per capita consumption of milk in Uganda has increased from 25 litres in 1986 to 62 litres in 2017. Only 33% of the marketed milk is processed and 67% is marketed raw.
Africa: Ethiopia Opens Up Economy to FDI, Rooting for Single Market

Africa: Ethiopia Opens Up Economy to FDI, Rooting for Single Market

Ethiopia's economic reform programme got a boost last week, when the United Arab Emirates pledged $3 billion in aid and investments.

 
 
BLOG: Investments in Agribusiness in Africa

BLOG: Investments in Agribusiness in Africa

Can Africa feed the world? Africa’s agriculture sector has been growing at a steady pace and might turn the continent into an economic power. Africa might be able to feed itself and the world if it keeps putting a focus on enhancing efficiency in using its resources.
CASE STUDY: Sizing and Mapping the Value Chain of Crops in Angola

CASE STUDY: Sizing and Mapping the Value Chain of Crops in Angola

Infomineo helped a leading European seeds and crops protection producer interested in developing its presence in the Angolan market by getting a better understanding of the market size as well as the value chain of certain crops.
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