Africa

African swine fever claims thousands of pigs in Zambia

African swine fever claims thousands of pigs in Zambia

Since its outbreak in the northern parts of Zambia in April 2017, African swine fever has resulted in the culling of more than 20 000 pigs.
Rwanda bans imports from SA due to listeriosis outbreak

Rwanda bans imports from SA due to listeriosis outbreak

Rwanda has banned imports of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit from South Africa as a result of the recent outbreak of the foodborne disease, listeria, across the country.
African agribusinesses seek stable investment environments

African agribusinesses seek stable investment environments

While many African agribusinesses are keen to expand their operations into other countries on the continent, they reportedly remain wary of doing so.
Namibia

R1 billion boost for Namibian agriculture

The African Development Bank Group (ADBG) has approved a R1 billion loan to finance Namibia’s Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project.
How IT can attract young people to African agri sector

How IT can attract young people to African agri sector

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) were identified as key areas with which young people could be attracted to agriculture.
African dairy farmers need to become climate smart

African dairy farmers need to become climate smart

The African dairy industry was facing its worst challenges as a result of climate change. As such, adaptation and mitigation were needed to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that...
Will new regime revive agriculture in Zimbabwe?

Will new regime revive agriculture in Zimbabwe?

Under the Mugabe regime, Zimbabwe’s agriculture industry has been deteriorating for many years. This was partly due to chaotic land reform, a lack of private property rights, and poorly targeted...
Namibian minimum wage increases 25%

Namibian minimum wage increases 25%

Namibia’s minimum wage for farmworkers was recently increased from N$690 (R690) to N$900 (R900) per month, while the food allowance was increased from N$400 to N$500 per month. The wage...
New seed variety promises to boost maize production in Africa

New seed variety promises to boost maize production in Africa

At the beginning of the year, Monsanto launched DK777, a pest-resistant white maize cultivar, in Kenya.
Big boost for Rwandan poultry production

Big boost for Rwandan poultry production

Social impact agribusiness investor, AgDevCo, recently announced a US$3 million (about R43 million) debt investment in the Rwandan poultry company, Uzima Chicken.
SA company aims to improve Mozambican chicken production

SA company aims to improve Mozambican chicken production

A 50/50 partnership between South Africa’s Philafrica Foods and Mozambique’s Novos Horizontes was aiming to improve chicken production and supply within the borders of Mozambique.
EU commits $7 million to agri development in Zimbabwe

EU commits $7 million to agri development in Zimbabwe

The European Union (EU) has set aside $7 million (R96 million) for proposals for a project that would strengthen the agriculture value chain in Zimbabwe.

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