Kenya revives 20,000 acres Galana-Kulalu project in grand plan to curb maize shortage

KENYA-In a fresh attempt to revive the Galana-Kulalu, a national food security project, President William Ruto in a statement revoked the planned settlement on the 20,000 acres set aside for maize production. The revival of the irrigation scheme comes at a time when the country is grappling with a wide array of prolonged periods of drought, rising costs of farm…

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Kenya’s maize supply in jeopardy as traditional trade partners find lucrative markets elsewhere

KENYA- Kenya might have to find new suppliers for maize imports as Uganda and Tanzania, the country’s traditional source markets find new lucrative buyers for their maize crop. According to Business Focus, a Ugandan local daily, the two countries which both share a border with Kenya are now opting to sell their maize to South Sudan and the United Arab…

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Golden Agri Inputs Limited receives US$1.23M investment to boost maize and soybean production in Nigeria

NIGERIA-Golden Agri – Inputs Limited (GAIL), a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN), has received 562.9 million naira (US$1.23M) in co-investment grants from Trade and Investment Hub (Trade Hub)- a USAID-funded initiative in West Africa. GAIL is co-investing over 3 billion naira (US$ 6.7M) into the agricultural productivity initiative which targets to help 10,000 small holder farmers to…

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Science academies urge African states to adopt GM foods to boost food security

KENYA – Scientists from the Network of African Science Academies (NSAC) and Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) have called for the adoption of GM Foods across Africa as a way of boosting food security in the continent. The calls come at a time when the continent is facing an acute food security crisis caused by frequent droughts that lead…

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Zimbabwe increases hectarage under cereal production by 42% to reduce reliance on imports

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe is seeking to eliminate dependence on imports of key staple crops such as sorghum, maize, and millet through increased planted hectarage. As of December 5, there were 163,116 hectares of maize, sorghum, and pearl millet, a 42% jump from the last year’s 115,060 hectares planted during the same period. This was revealed by Professor Obert Jiri, the…

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FAO grain index forecast decreases as Ukraine reports low grain export in November

GLOBAL  – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) forecast for world cereal production in 2022 has been cut by 7.2 million tonnes this month and is now pegged at 2 756 tonnes, 2.0 percent (57 million tonnes) lower year-on-year. The global cereal stock-to-use ratio is estimated to drop to 29.3% in 2022-23 from 30.9% in 2021-22, registering the lowest level…

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