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Tracking the Missing Link: Why Uganda is missing out on the Cocoa windfall
On the Campaign Trail in 2016, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni who was campaigning for a 7th term, stopped in...
McKinsey’s latest report on Africa-China economic partnership challenges previous beliefs
Through a study conducted across eight countries that together make up about two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP, the report...
Magufuli eats humble pie, Allows foreigners to Buy shares in Telecoms After Vodacom IPO flops
Tanzania will allow foreign investors to buy shares in telecommunications companies listing on the domestic stock exchange, after an...
Tracking the Missing Link: Why Uganda is missing out on the Cocoa windfall
On the Campaign Trail in 2016, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni who was campaigning for a 7th term, stopped in Bundibugyo District, Western Uganda. Bundibugyo District is Uganda’s leading Cocoa producer. The president promised the cocoa farmers Government support in the development of the Cocoa value chain from production to... Read more
Uganda needs a caffeine fix: insights from Vietnam’s coffee market success
Until recently Vietnam and Uganda shared a similar trajectory in the development of their coffee sectors. Today, Vietnam has emerged as the second largest coffee producer in the world. In Uganda, poor agricultural inputs and a failing institutional environment have resulted in low yields and slower development of the... Read more
Nominations Open for the Africa Food Prize 2017
The search is on for the winner of the 2017 Africa Food Prize – the preeminent award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives. Now in its... Read more
Ghana president fires head of cocoa industry regulator Cocobod
Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo has fired the head of cocoa industry regulator Cocobod, Stephen Opuni, asking him to vacate office by close of business on Friday, according to a letter from the presidency seen by Reuters. Akufo-Addo, who was sworn in on Saturday and has pledged to restore... Read more
The new gold in town: Why Kenya’s Real Estate firms are moving into agribusiness
Welcome to Isinya; in the heart of Kajiado County, 58 kilometres south of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Evidently, the area is sparsely populated majorly because it falls within Kenya’s pastoralism belt. But in the last four years, this area has witnessed an influx of real estate companies, as developers move... Read more
Chinese company to spend 20 billion dollars developing second phase of Egypt’s new capital
China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) has signed a deal to develop and manage 14,000 acres (5,700 hectares) of Egypt’s new administrative capital at a cost of $20bn, the Egyptian cabinet said in a statement on Monday. The development, which will include homes and offices and all relevant infrastructure, will... Read more
New Report tracks the connection between increased Food Production and GDP growth
On cusp of historic agriculture summit, analysis builds a case for betting big on African farmers while bluntly warning of many challenges that lie ahead. A decade of intense domestic attention to farmers and food production has generated “the most successful development effort” in African history, with countries that... Read more
Kenya’s northern drylands farmers find answer in Catfish
Farmers in Kenya’s eastern and northern drylands have found a way to stay afloat as water becomes scarcer: cultivating catfish. “This is my new source of income,” said Sylvester Kinyori, 32, who operates a kiosk in Isiolo town where he sells fish products from local farmers who have turned... Read more
Globally, one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, the equivalent of 1.3 billion tons of food per year. In Sub-Saharan Africa – home to over 230 million people suffering from chronic undernourishment – the majority of these losses occur after grains have been harvested, but... Read more
Africa’s agriculture sector is at an inflection point and could grow significantly in the coming years with the right investments and policy actions, according to leaders of business and government and others who gathered for the 2016 Grow Africa Investment Forum in Kigali. “Agriculture is the sector that will... Read more