Agribusiness

The AGRF 2022 Calls for Bold Action for Africa’s Food Systems

The AGRF 2022 Calls for Bold Action for Africa’s Food Systems

Kigali September 6, 2022 – The 2022 AGRF Summit kicked off today in Kigali Rwanda, with a call for bold actions to accelerate efforts to end hunger across the continent especially in times of crises. Speaking during the official opening, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Right Honourable Dr. Edouard Ngirente noted that the summit […]

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Agribusiness Development Centre Launches Business BAP

Agribusiness Development Centre Launches Business BAP

Kampala, Uganda – The Agribusiness Development Centre powered by dfcu limited and Rabo foundation has today (August 18th, 2022) launched a Business Accelerator Program (BAP) that will attract Agribusinesses getting out of ideation phase and offer them a business acceleration opportunity which should enable these enterprises to attract markets and funding for growth and sustainability […]

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Africa’s Drought Reaches far Beyond the Horn of Africa-ForAfrika

Hundreds of thousands of people could die of starvation if the extent of Africa’s food security crisis is not recognised, says Isak Pretorius, CEO of the largest indigenous African non-governmental organisation, ForAfrika. “The food crisis – and rising malnutrition – affecting our continent is real and pressing, and I urge people of conscience to rally […]

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ATEX, Can Mitigate Impact of Rising Commodity Prices in Africa

ATEX, Can Mitigate Impact of Rising Commodity Prices in Africa

Addis Ababa, 21 July 2022 (ECA) – As part of its regular Price Watch Dialogue series, the African Centre for Statistics (ACS) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) hosted, on 21 July, a policy dialogue on the impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict on commodity and food prices in Africa. In his welcoming remarks, Oliver Chinganya, ACS […]

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aBi Unveils UGX 7.5 billion Green Challenge Fund

aBi Unveils UGX 7.5 billion Green Challenge Fund

Kampala Serena Hotel, 19th July 2022 – Agriculture Business Initiative has announced the roll-out of the Green Challenge Fund which focuses on supporting: SMEs and farmers to increase their resilience to climate change and climate variability; climate mitigation actions to reduce or limit Green House Gas emissions; stronger local environment, including soils, ecosystems and bio-diversity. […]

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aBi Finance Secures Additional Funding from IFU & EU

aBi Finance Secures Additional Funding from IFU & EU

Kampala, 2nd June 2022 – The Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) and the European Union (EU) were today onboarded as new shareholders of aBi Finance Ltd. This a culmination of a Shareholders Agreement signed between the Royal Danish Embassy, the European Union and the IFU to allow new investments into aBi Finance, marking […]

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Africa Must Prepare for the Inevitability of a Global Food Crisis

Africa Must Prepare for the Inevitability of a Global Food Crisis

Washington, DC, 24 April 2022 – African Development Bank Group President Dr Akinwumi Adesina says “Africa must prepare for the inevitability of a global food crisis.” He was speaking about Africa’s priorities, as a guest at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center on Friday. Fielding questions from the Council’s Africa Center Chair, Ambassador Rama Yade; Senior Fellow Aubrey […]

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Ukraine Crisis Highlights Importance of Food Security

Ukraine Crisis Highlights Importance of Food Security

Regardless of your business, South Africa sits at the very end of very long global supply lines. Even before Covid-19 and the July 2021 civil unrest bought home the importance of shortening and diversifying supply chains, South Africa’s balance of trade and ZAR volatility and weakness were already prompting a re-think as businesses pivoted to […]

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AGRF 2022 Summit to be held in Rwanda

AGRF 2022 Summit to be held in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda, March 3, 2022— The AGRF, Africa’s premier forum for food and agriculture, has launched its 12th annual summit under the theme ‘Grow, Nourish and Reward – Bold Actions for Resilient Food Systems’ to be held in Kigali Rwanda from September 5 to 9, 2022. With urgency growing to deliver on zero hunger, the […]

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Ankore Farmers, Industrialists Tipped on UDB Funds-Saleh

Ankore Farmers, Industrialists Tipped on UDB Funds-Saleh

The Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) in Uganda Gen Caleb Akandwanaho alias Salim Saleh, has on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction with the way farmers are sidelined, in reaping the benefits of the agricultural value chain. Gen Saleh expressed this discontent during the Uganda/Greater Ankole Investment Symposium’, whose officiating he oversaw, at Kakyeka playground, Mbarara […]

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UGX.176B to Improving Lives Of One Million Ugandans

UGX.176B to Improving Lives Of One Million Ugandans

The Government of the Republic of Uganda, through its Ministry of Local Government, and the Lives and Livelihoods Fund (LLF) announced today that the Local Economic Growth Support (LEGS) project is on track to improve the lives of more than one million people across Uganda’s rural areas. The project is accelerating the achievements of Uganda’s […]

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Airtel Cares to boost Agriculture, Health and Education

Airtel Cares to boost Agriculture, Health and Education

Luwero 24 January 2022: Airtel Uganda the Smartphone Network with the widest 4G coverage in Uganda has today launched Airtel Cares, an initiative that is dedicated to supporting communities, through digitizing Agriculture, Health and Education. The announcement was made today during the unveiling of a partnership between Airtel and EzyAgric that is intended to boost […]

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Airtel Partners with Ankole Coffee Producers

Airtel Partners with Ankole Coffee Producers

  Bushenyi – 25th October 2021: Airtel Uganda, Uganda’s largest 4G network has today partnered with Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union(ACPCU) to provide convenient Airtel Money payments platform services to ACPCU enhance payments of member farmer’s in a simple and secure way across the Ankole region. This partnership will simplify and improve farmer’s payments for […]

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African Leaders Pledge Sustainable Food Systems

African Leaders Pledge Sustainable Food Systems

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 8, 2021: African leaders have pledged to recommit their efforts to boost agricultural production towards zero hunger. Calls by leaders emphasised the need to prioritise efforts to accelerate agricultural transformation. The leaders, who included sitting and former heads of state and governments, as well as heads of private sector and multilateral organisations […]

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Drier and Warmer Season Continue Across Eastern Africa

Drier and Warmer Season Continue Across Eastern Africa

Worrying drier than usual conditions are forecasted in Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea 26 August 2021, Nairobi: The upcoming rainfall season, October to December, is an important season for Uganda, Kenya, northern Tanzania, southern and central Somalia, southern Ethiopia and South Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi. For some of these countries, this is the […]

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The Future of Africa's Agriculture-Youth and Tech

The Future of Africa’s Agriculture-Youth and Tech

10th Aug 2021-Kampala Uganda: In a bid to analyze Africa’s agricultural sector and why it continues to lag behind in terms of productivity, adoption of technology and involvement of youths under the age of 25 who currently account for nearly 60% of the African population, Heifer International commissioned a study dubbed ‘The Future of Africa’s […]

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Small-scale Farmers Launch Warehouse-Uganda

Small-scale Farmers Launch Warehouse-Uganda

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO, Access to markets is still a challenge for most small-scale farmers in Uganda, especially women in rural areas. This exposes them to exploitation, hence little earnings, which keep most small-scale farmers in poverty. To address this challenge, small-scale farmers have explored the possibility of using online technology to accessing markets and information, […]

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Agribusiness Support Partnership by AGRA and Aceli

Agribusiness Support Partnership by AGRA and Aceli

AGRA has announced a partnership with Aceli Africa to enhance capital flows to SMEs in the agriculture sector and support a financially inclusive agricultural transformation across Africa. AGRA and Aceli have signed a letter of intent committing to jointly work together to test and scale up innovations that substantially drive down the cost and risk of financing SMEs in the agriculture space.  Aceli Africa is a market incentive facility that offers financial incentives to […]

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 Partnership to stop hunger in Africa-AfDB, IFAD 

 Partnership to stop hunger in Africa-AfDB, IFAD 

The African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR System Organization, today pledged to work closely with African leaders to address rising hunger on the continent and shore up adequate financing to transform and modernize Africa’s food production.  […]

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Skilling for African Agricultural Leaders

Skilling for African Agricultural Leaders

SAMUEL NABWIISO, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has launched a unique Centre to provide hands-on implementation support for African leaders in the agriculture sector. The Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) is a key part of a scale-up of investment to AGRA by the German Development Cooperation through KfW Development […]

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Skilling for African Agricultural Leaders

Skilling for African Agricultural Leaders

SAMUEL NABWIISO, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has launched a unique Centre to provide hands-on implementation support for African leaders in the agriculture sector. The Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) is a key part of a scale-up of investment to AGRA by the German Development Cooperation through KfW Development […]

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Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory Commissioned-Uganda

Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory Commissioned-Uganda

KAMPALA, April 26, 2021:- The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, was Thursday commissioned the first-ever Irish Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory in East and Central Africa. Agro-Genetic Technologies Ltd. (AGT Laboratories), located 32 kilometres to the east of the capital Kampala in Namawojjolo on the Kampala-Jinja highway. AGT Laboratories is part of Uganda Investment […]

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Digital Opportunities in Agriculture-AFDB, FAO and CGIAR

Digital Opportunities in Agriculture-AFDB, FAO and CGIAR

Abidjan, 26 April 2021 – Drones, satellites, geographic information systems, weather stations and advanced analytics are some of the most promising technologies for providing solutions to Africa’s agricultural challenges. This is according to the joint Digital Agricultural Profiles carried out by the African Development Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and […]

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UGX.45m Towards Forests-ATC Uganda

UGX.45m Towards Trees-ATC Uganda

Today, Michael Magambo, CEO-ATC of Uganda handed over a dummy cheque worth UGShs45 million to Alfred Okot Okidi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water and Environment towards 2021 Running Out of Trees (ROOTS) campaign. The occasion signified ATC Uganda’s commitment and contribution to the conservation of Uganda’s indigenous tree species. “As part of our […]

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MoU to support smallholder farmers-PAFO, AGRA

MoU to Support Smallholder Farmers-PAFO, AGRA

Kigali, 14 April 2021: The Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have signed a cooperation and partnership agreement to strengthen the capacities of African farmers’ organizations to ensure that they provide effective services to smallholder farmers, especially women and youth. The agreement will see AGRA supporting Farmers’ […]

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 Kenya Team to Verify Uganda's Sugar Quality

 Kenya Team to Verify Uganda’s Sugar Quality

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO A team of officials from the Kenya Ministry of Trade is in Uganda for a sugar quality verification mission. Their objective is to ascertain the origin and status of Uganda’s sugar in order to be considered for further increase of quota to 90,000metric tons in export to Kenya. The verification Mission will […]

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USD 3.5 Million Funding Boost for African's Sustainable Cooling Centre

USD 3.5 Million Funding Boost for African’s Sustainable Cooling Centre

The new Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) has taken a major step forward in Rwanda with a $3.5 (£2.4 million) million funding boost. The UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) earmarked this contribution for the Centre’s design and technology kit-out, supporting the work of British universities (Birmingham, […]

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2021: A year of opportunity for sustainability in Africa.  

2021: A year of opportunity for sustainability in Africa.  

By Zuneid Yousuf, Chairman, African Green Resources, 2021 presents a year of opportunity for sustainability in Africa. It is an undeniable fact that 2020 was a challenging year for all of us. We collectively faced and managed a host of unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which required a total reset of our […]

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Ugx. 750 Million Donation to Support Youth in Agribusiness-Standard Chartered Bank

Ugx. 750 Million Donation to Support Youth in Agribusiness-Standard Chartered Bank

Kampala – Uganda – Standard Chartered Bank through the Standard Chartered Foundation donated Ugx 750,000,000 (Seven hundred and fifty million shillings) to support 600 Youth in Agribusiness as part of the “Futuremakers By Standard Chartered” programme. The programme that will be implemented by its NGO partners; ICCO Cooperation and Youth Business International through their ‘High Flyer program’ was unveiled during a press […]

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Strengthening Food Systems Centre of Africa’s COVID-19 Recovery

Strengthening Food Systems Centre of Africa’s COVID-19 Recovery

Strengthening food systems must be an integral part of efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and to build resilience in Africa, said African Development Bank Director General for Southern Africa, Leila Mokaddem. Hunger is a greater threat to many Africans than the COVID-19 crisis, Mokaddem said in a session on sustainable food systems at […]

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