Agribusiness

Most African Countries may miss attaining the Sustainable Development Goals as it was envisioned by the World Leaders four years back.

African Countries struggling to attain Development Goals

Most African Countries may miss attaining the Sustainable Development Goals as it was envisioned by the World Leaders four years back. The Sustainable Development Goals that most countries will fail to achieve is the goal of Ending Poverty and Zero Hunger by 2030. “More than 820 million people in the world today do not have […]

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Uganda government declares new dates for Vanilla harvesting

Uganda government declares new dates for Vanilla harvesting

Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has carried forward by a month the Vanilla harvesting period starting from January 15th, 2020 as opposed to the earlier declared date of December 15, 2019. While addressing a press conference in Kampala, Christopher Kibazanga, the Minister of State for Agriculture said the changes have been enforced […]

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Our continent is hurtling towards an uncertain future that is being shaped by the forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Can Africa overcome these three threats to its security and stability?

Our continent is hurtling towards an uncertain future that is being shaped by the forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s too early to tell how exactly the confluence of rapid change and exponential technological advances will play out. But this much is clear: change will be constant and widespread. The uncertainty this creates has […]

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President Yoweri Museveni has encouraged Danish agricultural investors to consider setting up agricultural processing and production industries in Uganda as opposed to the costly process of importing agriculture machines.

Danish investors in Uganda for agriculture opportunities

President Yoweri Museveni has encouraged Danish agricultural investors to consider setting up agricultural processing and production industries in Uganda as opposed to the costly process of importing agriculture machines. The President made the remarks while in a meeting with a visiting Danish agribusiness and food tech-business delegation from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council led […]

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The Agriculture sector is considered as the backbone of Uganda’s economy.

Uganda asked to embrace PPPs in the Agriculture sector

The Agriculture sector is considered as the backbone of Uganda’s economy. This is because the sector employs the largest number of Ugandans especially women and a reasonable percentage of the youth. According to Agricultural Economists, the Sector is not performing well due to the fact that it is over-challenged by many problems ranging from harsh […]

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Twiga Foods, the Kenyan B2B food distribution company, has raised $23.75 million in a Series B equity round led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from existing investors including the International Finance Corporation, TLcom Capital and Creadev.

Twiga Foods Secures $30M to digitize food distribution

Twiga Foods, the Kenyan B2B food distribution company, has raised $23.75 million in a Series B equity round led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from existing investors including the International Finance Corporation, TLcom Capital and Creadev. An additional $6 million in debt was raised from OPIC and Alpha Mundi. Since its launch in Nairobi in […]

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With almost all available arable land in the Americas, Europe and Asia already productively farmed using the most developed agricultural techniques, Africa, with 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land presents a major opportunity to meet the 70% increase in global food demand expected by 2050.

Digital intelligence driving agricultural innovation

With almost all available arable land in the Americas, Europe and Asia already productively farmed using the most developed agricultural techniques, Africa, with 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land presents a major opportunity to meet the 70% increase in global food demand expected by 2050. Land aside, however, Africa presents a further opportunity for […]

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Support Rural Women to Adopt Organic Farming Practices, Activists asks Government

Support Rural Women to Adopt Organic Farming Practices, Activists ask Government

As Uganda will be joining the rest of the World to celebrate the International Day for Rural Women and also the World Food Day, Agricultural Activists are calling upon the Uganda Government to support Women especially those in rural areas to effectively adopt Organic Farming Practices which they urge are environmentally friendly and cheap to […]

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The importance of Agriculture for inclusive growth is reiterated in various national development strategies but not translated into public expenditures for the sector.

New World Bank report says Government spending on agriculture must be a priority

The importance of Agriculture for inclusive growth is reiterated in various national development strategies but not translated into public expenditures for the sector. According to a World Bank Report released in Uganda recently, it should be a priority for the government to steer public investments in agriculture towards the provision of public goods such as […]

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Solidaridad, an international civil society organisation founded in 1969  has facilitated US$3.15 million of financing for a Ugandan Tea Processor Kayonza Tea Factory in the form of a long-term loan from social impact investor Oikocredit.

Kayonza Tea Factory gets $3.15 million for expansion

Solidaridad, an international civil society organisation founded in 1969  has facilitated US$3.15 million of financing for a Ugandan Tea Processor Kayonza Tea Factory in the form of a long-term loan from social impact investor Oikocredit. The US$3.15 million loans will allow Kayonza to build a second factory that will help them in the processing of […]

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Smallholder farmers in Kiryandongo district have made a plea to the government to think of implementing agricultural hands-on studies in schools to facilitate a skilled and knowledgeable generation able to uplift the backbone of Uganda’s economy.

Kiryandongo farmers want Government to implement practical agriculture in schools

Smallholder farmers in Kiryandongo district have made a plea to the government to think of implementing agricultural hands-on studies in schools to facilitate a skilled and knowledgeable generation able to uplift the backbone of Uganda’s economy. Farming as a backbone of the country’s economy has faced a decline in the past years registering a revenue […]

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe says Japan will help double Africa’s rice production by 2030

The Sasakawa Association will work with the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), to help double rice production to 50 million tonnes by 2030. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) symposium held on Wednesday during the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development. “Japanese technology can play a key […]

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Humphrey Mutasa, the head of partnership at the federation, addresses the Media about the programme at the Farmers’ Federation Head office

Young Ugandan farmers to learn good agricultural practices in Germany

Young Farmers Federation of Uganda has launched youth-friendly programme that will see beginning farmers from Uganda travel to Germany to learn good agricultural practices. The young Farmers International Exchange programme will see 10 younger farmers travelling. This program is a partnership between the Scorlermer Foundation of the Germany Farmers Association and being sponsored by the […]

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Jude Aleu. Trial Manager of GM cassava at NaCRRI showing how so clean the tuber from a GM cassava

Cassava farmers ask President to approve GMO bill

Cassava farmers from Nakasongola District have appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to assent on the passed Genetic Engineering Regulatory Bill, 2018 such that Uganda  can start the growing of Genetically Modified Organisms that have been developed through Biotechnology Engineering. Farmers have learnt that scientists at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) Namulonge have developed […]

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Students from Bukalasa Agriculture Institute displaying some of their crops at the show

Museveni advises farmers to embrace govt programs to end poverty

President Yoweri Museveni has encouraged farmers to utilize government programs being implemented in the agriculture sector to fight hunger and grow financially. In the speech read on his behalf by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda during the official opening of the 27th Agricultural show at the Source of the Nile in Jinja early in […]

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Minister Kabatsi on( left) and Dr Lagu at the Media Center in Kampala on Tuesday

AU chooses Uganda to host Regional Livestock Gene Bank

Uganda has been chosen by the African Union to host the regional gene bank for the Eastern Africa region. The regional bank will be housed at the National Animal Genetic Resources Center and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB), one of the agencies under the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries. The development was disclosed by State […]

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Left: Fresh Dairy officials: Joseph Awino – GM Sales (L), Vincent Omoth – Marketing Manager (C ) and Jonathan Williams (R ) - Operations Manager Production taste and launch the new Brookside Fruit Yoghurt with real fruits coming in 4 flavours: Pear Caramel, Lemon biscuits, Strawberry and Vanilla available countrywide in shops, kiosks, duukas and supermarkets.

Fresh Dairy Introduces Brookside Fruit Yoghurt

Fresh Dairy, has unveiled Brookside Fruit Yoghurt,  a new entrant into its yoghurt family. The Brookside Fruit Yoghurt comes in four flavours: Pear Caramel, Lemon biscuits, Strawberry and Vanilla and is packaged in 100gm, 150gm, 250gm and 450gm cups only. According to Vincent Omoth, the Fresh Dairy Marketing Manager the new yoghurt is informed by […]

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Uganda’s Prime Minister Dr Ruhankana Rugunda has said that the government together with other partners, under the Agriculture Finance Platform,  are working to finalize the National Agriculture Finance Policy that will ensure that all bottlenecks encountered in the agricultural sector including financing are dealt with.

Uganda designs policy on agriculture financing

Uganda’s Prime Minister Dr Ruhankana Rugunda has said that the government together with other partners, under the Agriculture Finance Platform,  are working to finalize the National Agriculture Finance Policy that will ensure that all bottlenecks encountered in the agricultural sector including financing are dealt with. The Prime Minister, in a speech read on his behalf […]

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Mastercard has announced the signing of two public-private partnerships that will extend the reach of the Mastercard Farmers Network (MFN) to millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.

Mastercard partners with USADF, CIAT to support smallholder farmers across Africa

Mastercard has announced the signing of two public-private partnerships that will extend the reach of the Mastercard Farmers Network (MFN) to millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Under this partnership, key partners, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), are providing support to further roll out the MFN […]

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Fish accounts for more than one-fifth of the protein intake of African south of the Sahara and provides a livelihood to millions of people

Africa’s Small-Scale Fisheries Critical to Food Security

Africa’s small-scale fisheries play a critical role in global food security and must be supported with greater research and investment, say international and African experts. Industry, NGO, government and academic representatives attended Murdoch University’s second Blue Economy Symposium in Tunis last week as part of the Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) 2019 and Murdoch University’s […]

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New financing to the tune of Ush34 billion has been made available to support agribusinesses in Uganda as new funding partners; Soros Economic Development Fund, part of Open Society Foundation (OSF) and FCA  Investment (FCAI) join the Yield Uganda Investment Fund.

Agribusinesses in Uganda added Ush34 billion support

New financing to the tune of Ush34 billion has been made available to support agribusinesses in Uganda as new funding partners; Soros Economic Development Fund, part of Open Society Foundation (OSF) and FCA  Investment (FCAI) join the Yield Uganda Investment Fund. The Agribusiness Impact Fund, set up in January 2017 by the European Union (EU), […]

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Smallholder farmers have asked the Government to involve them in the budget formulation process as they believe that it’s the only way their views and voices will be heard.

Smallholder farmers demand Budget formulation process involvement

Smallholder farmers have asked the Government to involve them in the budget formulation process as they believe that it’s the only way their views and voices will be heard. The farmers who converged in Kampala to discuss the recently passed Uganda 2019/20 budget, argue that on many occasions, their views are not represented in the […]

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The report also warns that Africa needs to tackle the IT skills and digital literacy gap, especially amongst farmers

Africa’s biggest “digital dividend” in rural areas – study

Digital innovations could transform African rural areas and agriculture while tackling many of the continent’s other emerging challenges, from youth unemployment, food insecurity and the need for further economic growth, a new report has suggested. Statistics show that around 60 percent of the African population is under the age of 24. At the same time, […]

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East African farmers and producers under their umbrella organization Fair-trade East and Central Africa Network have pointed out the lack of markets for their produces as a major hindrance towards them achieving the middle-income status.

East African farmers decry lack of markets for their produce

East African farmers and producers under their umbrella organization Fair-trade East and Central Africa Network have pointed out the lack of markets for their produces as a major hindrance towards them achieving the middle-income status. The farmers, who numbered over 150 from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, converged at Speke Resort […]

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Pius Wakabi, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture (centre) in a group picture with some of the farmers

13 farmers in Netherlands to learn modern agricultural practices

A group of 13 farmers from various parts of the country are in Netherlands where they are on best agriculture practices benchmarking visits. The group left Uganda last Sunday to the Nordic country where they will share good agricultural practices from their Dutch counterparts. Addressing the farmers at the dfcu Bank head Offices in Kampala […]

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Minister Kyambadde is expected to open the convention

Uganda set to host global tea convention

Uganda is set to host the 40th African Tea Convention scheduled for June 26th to 28th  2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Over   500 delegates and 30 exhibitors from 20 countries globally are expected to attend. The global event for the tea industry is being organized by the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) based in […]

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Chemiphar acts as an enabler to agri-businesses which are required to meet international standards for both export and local certification of their processed and value added products.

Yield Uganda Investment Fund invests in analytical laboratory

Yield Uganda Investment Fund has committed Shs1.3 billion to Chemiphar (U) Ltd alongside Agricultural Business Initiative’s (aBi) grant injection of Shs2.45 billion. This is through financing from the European Union (EU) through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and National Social Security Fund Uganda (NSSF) and managed by Pearl Capital Partners (PCP). Chemiphar is […]

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the dairy sub-sector presents a huge potential for promoting agro industrializations in Uganda according to economic policy research centre.

Decline in Milk yields: Increased multi-acaricide tick resistance to blame

Basing on a household survey panel data, the food and agriculture organization (FAO) statistics and qualitative data from field visits to dairy-producing districts in Uganda, milk yields per cow have declined over time. Findings also show that milk productivity has been severely constrained by increased multi-acaricide tick resistance, low uptake of high-grade improved exotic cattle, […]

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Hakim Baliraine, the ESAFF Uganda chairperson, making presentation during the symposium

Conventional Farming affecting farmers access to market

Promotion of conventional farming in Uganda may affect small holder farmers’ access to local and international markets due to the health effects associated with the farming system. Farmers are now agitating for organic farming where crops can be produced using organically produced manures. They say this will save them money and also open their market […]

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Stanbic Bank Uganda Ltd was declared the best performing Commercial Bank in disseminating the Government of Uganda funded Agricultural Credit Facility (ACF) by Bank of Uganda at a ceremony that was held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday.

Stanbic Bank wins BoU’s Agricultural Credit Facility top award

Stanbic Bank Uganda Ltd was declared the best performing Commercial Bank in disseminating the Government of Uganda funded Agricultural Credit Facility (ACF) by Bank of Uganda at a ceremony that was held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday. Stanbic shed off resistance from DFCU Bank and Uganda Development Bank Limited at an awards ceremony whose […]

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