Agribusiness

600 Agribusiness Communities to Benefit from Irrigation Systems 

600 Agribusiness Communities to Benefit from Irrigation Systems 

Kampala. February 1st, 2023. At least 600 Ugandan agricultural communities, particularly in rural areas in various parts of the country, are set to benefit from an innovative solar-powered irrigation system designed by Nexus Green to reduce the cost of farming and curb the effects of climate change in Uganda. According to Mr. Rikki Verma, the […]

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AfDB Commits to Make Africa the Breadbasket of the World

AfDB Commits to Make Africa the Breadbasket of the World

Dakar, 26 January 2023—The African Development Bank Group, will commit $10 billion over the next five years to boost Africa’s efforts to end hunger and become a primary food provider for itself and the rest of the world. Bank Group President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, announced Wednesday at the Dakar 2 Africa Food Summit in Diamniadio, east of […]

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Farmers from Kenya, Uganda & Mozambique to Get Fertilizers

Farmers from Kenya, Uganda & Mozambique to Get Fertilizers

Samuel Nabwiiso, The African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) has received a $10.15 million financing support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The financing will target Agricultural projects for Small Scale Farmers in Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique. NORAD’s contribution will enable the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism to provide credit guarantees for up to 36 […]

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EA MPs Urge Gov'ts to Increase Agriculture Budget

EA MPs Urge Gov’ts to Increase Agriculture Budget

Legislators from eastern African parliaments have called on regional governments to allocate more funding to agriculture and livestock farming in order to address food insecurity. Members of the Eastern Africa Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (EAPA) made the call at the opening of their three-day meeting, which officially opened on Thursday in the […]

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Ethiopia Green Coffee Specialist Catalyst Trade Expands Into Peru, Kenya

Ethiopia Green Coffee Specialist Catalyst Trade Expands Into Peru, Kenya

Ethiopia based coffee importing company Catalyst Trade is rolling out its first green coffee offerings from Peru. Founded five years ago in Portland by Emily and Michael McIntyre along with Ethiopia-based partner Zelalem “Zele” Girma Bayou, the company has also quietly expanded into Kenya, hiring a full-time coordinator in the historically renowned coffee country. Emily McIntyre said […]

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Minister Tumwebaze Rallies Uganda at Best Farmers Awards

Minister Tumwebaze Rallies Uganda at Best Farmers Awards

KAMPALA, UGANDA – 2nd December 2022: Hon Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries rallied the country to embrace modern agriculture and applauded ‘the Best Farmers’. He made the remarks while presiding over the ‘Best Farmers Awards 2022’ ceremony organized by New Vision Group, dfcu Bank, The Embassy of the Kingdom of […]

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Ethiopia Targets to Export 230,000 Tons of Sesame

Ethiopia plans to export 230,000 metric tons of sesame in the 2022/2023 fiscal year. This follows the lifting of the price cap on sesame seeds trading at the Ethiopian Commodities Exchanges (ECX) last week. The Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration (MoTRI) cited inflation on the product which led to the removal of the price […]

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AU Summit Showcases Common African Agro-Parks

AU Summit Showcases Common African Agro-Parks

The African Union Members States, the Regional Economic Communities, the United Nations (FAO, UNIDO, ECA), and Development Partners converged to discuss the implementation and financing modalities for the establishment of the Common African Agro-Parks (CAAPs) he event took place on the margins of the ongoing AU Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification, in Niamey, Niger, […]

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Solar Powered Water Gets Juba Farmers Back on Their Land

Solar Powered Water Gets Juba Farmers Back on Their Land

Solar power harnessed to draw water from the Juba River has enabled poor farmers in Somalia’s Lower Juba region to return to their fields after three years of failed rains and lack of harvests. Madey Abukar Mohamed, a farmer in Yontoy, 25 kilometres north of Kismayo, planted seeds on his one-hectare farm in September, with […]

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We Need USD 416M to Avert Famine in Somalia-WFP

We Need USD 416M to Avert Famine in Somalia-WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) now says   it requires 416 million U.S. dollars for the next six months to prevent famine in Somalia. In a report released in the capital Mogadishu, the WFP said the funds, required between November and April 2023, include a 356-million-dollar shortfall for life-saving relief food and nutrition assistance. “Assessment results […]

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Djibouti Seeking Long-term Khat Supply from Kenya

Djibouti Seeking Long-term Khat Supply from Kenya

Djibouti is emerging as a new market for khat (miraa) from Kenya. And the Djibouti buyers now want to pen a long term contract with Kenyan traders should the product meet the required standards in handling and reliability of supply. Leading Kenya khat traders association- the Nyambene Miraa traders said they have seen potential after […]

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Somalia, Somaliland Famine Prevention Program Launched-Plan Int.

Somalia, Somaliland Famine Prevention Program Launched-Plan Int.

Plan International is currently implementing its drought response and famine prevention program several regions of Somalia and Somaliland. According to a report by the relief body, areas targeted are in Maroodi-jeh, Sool, Sanaag and Togdheer regions in Somaliland and Bay and Lower Juba regions in Somalia. Local partners include YOVENCO, TAAKULO, GREDO, and NAFIS Network […]

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Farmers Demand Govt Not to Assent to AU Seed Laws-Ugandan

Farmers Demand Govt Not to Assent to AU Seed Laws-Ugandan

Paul Tentena, Small-scale farmers under the Eastern and Southern Africa Small-scale Farmers Forum ( ESAFF) have asked the Ugandan government not to assent to the African Union (AU) seed harmonisation guidelines saying they are a danger to the sector. The small-scale farmers from across Uganda, who converged in Kampala to dialogue on the key challenges […]

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Fixing the Food Trade

Fixing the Food Trade

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, GENEVA – Between rising hunger and the prospect of still more supply shortages, dark clouds are hovering over the global food system. Not only has the war in Ukraine limited access to, and raised prices for, food and fertilizer, but extreme weather events are disrupting production, and economic downturns have diminished people’s ability to afford adequate and […]

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Study on Rising Groundwater Offers Hope-East Africa

Study on Rising Groundwater Offers Hope-East Africa

New research indicates better groundwater supply management could hold the key to help combat the impact of climate change in East Africa, where countries are currently facing the worst drought and food insecurity in a generation. The study, led by the University of Bristol, looked at changes in rainfall within the two rainy seasons in […]

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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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