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Infomineo is here to deliver the latest news and insight on the Agriculture industry in the Middle East and Africa. We would like to share with you latest news, strategic plans, state regulations, as well as nominations, publications and events within the MEA region. 

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Agriculture in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian economy is dominated by the agriculture sector which accounts for about 46 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and represents up to 80% of total labor force and 84% of the country’s exports. Other activities such as processing, marketing and export of agricultural commodities rely on local agriculture. According to local authorities, agriculture is the leading sector in terms of contribution to the overall economic growth and development by supplying food for domestic consumption, raw materials for the domestic manufacturing industries and primary export commodities which constitute as high as 86% of the total foreign exchange earnings. The national economy, therefore, is highly correlated with the performance of the agricultural sector. 

In collaboration with UNDP, the Ethiopian government has set up the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange to facilitate the trade of agricultural products, and enable both private sector and small farmers to actively participate in the exchanges. Another step made by the government to boost local economy through agriculture is the implementation of the Agricultural Development Led Industrialization strategy, ADLI. Since the program has been effective, Ethiopian households have experienced a decade of progress in well being, as ADLI emphasizes the importance of distinguishing agro-ecological zones and tailors strategies as well as interventions for optimal development outcomes. 

For more information on Ethiopia, access our infographic.

Ethiopia Country Profile

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World Bank Ranks Zimbabwe 15th in Seed Sector

An Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) study conducted by the World Bank has ranked Zimbabwe's seed sector as number 15 out of the 62 countries measured. The report examines and monitors regulations that impact how markets function in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors.

Read more – World Bank

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 Iran Cotton Industry Risks Losing Viability

Iran is heavily dependent on imports to meet the domestic cotton demand. The country imported over 56,517 tons of cotton worth $103 million during the 11 months to Feb. 19. 

Read More - Financial Tribune 

Bread Initiative to save Nigeria $3.5 Billion 

A new approach toward utilization of Cassava and Sorghum flour in bread production has been estimated to save Nigeria as much as $3.5 billion every year. 

Read more - Leadership Nigeria

Dangote to Boost Rice Farming in 5 States 

The Dangote Group has disclosed that it will be investing $1 billion on rice cultivation in five states to boost food self-sufficiency. 

Read more – All Africa


Agripreneurs in Africa gather for first-ever youth agribusiness forum

Youth from all over Africa came together in the first-ever African Youth Agripreneurs (AYA) Forum in Ibadan, Nigeria, on April 25-26, 2017. The forum provided an opportunity for the youth to show their skills, creativity, and innovativeness in agribusiness, and also relate with other youths, development partners, and stakeholders in the sector.

Read more – African Development Bank

Morocco contributing to food security in Africa

Additional agreements were signed recently by Morocco and Nigeria during a ceremony attended by King Mohammed VI and Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama. Under the agreements, Morocco will offer know-how and expertise in the field of fertilizer production, storage and transport to help Nigeria achieve its food security goals. 

Read more – Agricouncil

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Uganda Gets Shs652 Billion for Rural Agriculture Financing

The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) announced that Uganda had been allocated $168 million (about Shs651.6 billion) for rural transformation through agriculture. The allocation is aimed at enabling rural farmers to access long term loans for agricultural practice. 

Read more – Monitor

DuPont invests R100 million in African tech hub

DuPont together with public, private sector and government leaders officially opened the Africa regional technology center in Delmas, South Africa. The technology center will accelerate new product development across multiple crops for farmers. The center comprises a network of strategically placed research facilities and testing locations across the continent. 

Read more - World Grain

Syngenta and Feed the Future Invest $1.8 million to help Smallholder Farmers in Zambia

Syngenta in Zambia, through its subsidiary MRI Seed, has partnered with the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a USAID programme implemented by Fintrac Inc., to help smallholder farmers gain access to high-quality, disease-free horticultural seedlings, giving them the opportunity to become commercially viable vegetable farmers. 

Read more - Africa Newsroom

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