Kakuzi Readies For Second Avocado Shipment To China As Demand Sours.

Local agribusiness firm Kakuzi Plc has secured pre-shipment approvals from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) for its second fresh avocado shipment to China. This time around, Kakuzi will be shipping several 20-foot container loads to China by sea before the end of this week as demand for quality Kenyan avocado fresh fruits continues to grow. Kenya is currently enjoying a market advantage as it is the only approved African source market for fresh Avocado fruits in China. Alongside Kenya, China counts several leading producers, including Mexico, New Zealand,…

The Invisible Force of Women in the Agricultural Sector

By Linda Manda Sector Head Agribusiness, Client Coverage, CIB at Standard Bank Group The agricultural sector across sub-Saharan Africa is critical to local and regional economies as a developmental base for food security and employment. Within it, there remains an invisible force driving productivity in the region and across the world. It is one that is too easily overlooked and underappreciated for the scale of its contribution, often shunned for growth opportunities, ignored within the transformative discourse, and largely untapped in plans to develop the sector. This invisible force is the African…

Kenyan Women in Agribusiness Get Skills training at Strathmore Business School

By Dominic Kirui A group of 50 women brought together by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Strathmore Business School are attending a five-day training in agribusiness value addition at the Strathmore University in Nairobi. The training has stemmed from a survey conducted by the USAID’s Kenya Investment Mechanism, which sought to identify and understand the reasons for low financing of women businesses. Speaking during the opening of the training session at Strathmore University on July 18, 2022, Eunice Kimeriah, the Women’s Economic Empowerment Director at USAID’s…

We Need to Improve the Country’s Agricultural performance- KENAFF

The Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF ), unveiled their manifesto on July 1st 2022, which seek to take views and demands of farmers on measures required to improve the country’s agricultural performance. This will boost the national economy and raise incomes among agricultural value chain player. Poor infrastructure, high cost of inputs, Climate changes are the major issues affecting farmers and want to engage with political parties on how to improve the lives of farmers if they form the next government. KENAFF says that they will present the farmers’ manifesto…

South Africa’s wine Industry where Challenges are Solved with Technology

Credits CNN On this week’s Inside Africa, CNN International explores South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry, which is undergoing a transformation where challenges are being met with innovative approaches and inventive solutions.     The programme meets Professor Evodia Setati, a Senior Researcher with the Stellenbosch university’s department of viticulture and oenology where much of her work involves micro-organisms. She, her colleagues and their students are trying to understand the effects of climate change on vineyards and the grapes they produce.     “The vineyards ecosystem is influenced by environmental factors…

Optiven Group Rewards Customer with a Mercedes Benz

Twenty-seven year old Brian Wanjala is now a proud owner of a brand new Mercedes Benz C-180 saloon car courtesy of the real estate firm Optiven. Wanjala, a software engineer based in Kasarani, Nairobi, won the luxury car in the just concluded Furahia na Optiven prize competition, a customer loyalty program by Optiven to reward customers who purchased property from the company. The Kshs20 million worth program, which run through the months of October, November & December of 2021 as a prize competition that allowed Optiven Customers to stand a…

Sanavita Giving biofortified foods a boost in Tanzania

Women are the backbone of African agriculture and have been unequally affected by the impacts of the COVID pandemic. And yet, despite the acknowledged inequalities, women continue to be under-represented in decision-making at community through to policy level. This year, International Women’s Day is celebrating women leadership and how women can provide role models for each other. Interventions like mentorship provided as part of agripreneur competitions remain pivotal in empowering women into leadership positions and, in turn, inspiring a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. Jolenta Joseph, a Tanzania…

1000 farmers to benefit from new financing agreement

A thousand Ndumberi dairy farmers under the region’s co-operative society are set to access quality fodder to double their milk yield to 30,000 litres per day. Through a fodder financing agreement between Family Bank, Performeter Agribusiness and Ndumberi Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society, commercial fodder producers and cooperatives will access financing that will take away the working capital burden and increase availability and access to good quality fodder to all dairy farmers. “It is remarkable that under the sub-standard conditions the dairy farming sector has had an annual growth of 3-4% annually with the dairy value chain having reached an estimated 1.9 billion…

Farmers in Western Kenya bet on community seed bank, indigenous foods to boost incomes and tackle malnutrition

With increasing malnutrition and key nutrient deficiency of zinc, iron and vitamins in Western Kenya, occasioned by changing diets, a group of farmers are reversing this trend by investing in the cultivation, consumption, preservation and sale of indigenous vegetables and seeds which has boosted nutrition and incomes. Researchers have found that undernutrition and obesity are on the rise, and many people suffer from deficiencies in zinc, iron and vitamin A. The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have been working with partners including farmers,…

Embu County Seeks Kshs 1.5 B For Nutritional Improvement

Embu County seeks 1.5Billion through the developed County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) – 2020/2025 for Nutrition improvement within the next 5 years This comes after the Kenya Demographic Health survey conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics which revealed that 26.8% children under five years suffer from stunted growth, 11% are underweight while 3% are wasted. Speaking in a meeting with members of county assembly. Embu deputy Governor who is also the acting county executive Committee member for health, David Kariuki said that the department is seeking funds to…