Archive for the ‘Agribusiness & Food’ category

Chai Bora: The tea company with great ambitions in Tanzania and beyond

Chai Bora MD discusses the company’s plans and the benefits of having private equity investors on board.

Study: Weather-based insurance benefits farmers

A new study shows that weather-based insurance will help smallholder farmers to withstand the effects of climate change and market shocks.

Why agriculture and agribusiness can change Africa’s story

Agribusiness, centred around smallholder farmers, could change Africa’s growth and transformation story.

Oil or fish? Why Ghana should balance oil production and fishing activities

Small-scale fishermen who live on Ghana’s western coast struggle to sustain their livelihoods with offshore oil exploration activities expanding.

Five African investment hotspots for 2015

I’m often asked where I’ll will be investing in the coming months and years? So here are five hotspots that I’d highlight for 2015.

Young entrepreneur shares lessons from running a food business in DRC

“I want young people to change their thinking and not to believe that it is better overseas. Because in the DRC and Africa there are more opportunities than anywhere else,” said Benedict Mundele, founder of Surprise Tropicale.

Start-up snapshot: Producing high-quality tomato paste in Nigeria

“Our mission is to provide locally-produced food products to Nigerian consumers in a way that is profitable and sustainable.”

‘Be persistent, never give up’: The story of Vimal Shah and Bidco

Kenyan businessman Vimal Shah is one of the region’s most prominent entrepreneurs.

When worlds collide – farmers and financiers

For more capital to flow into agriculture, farmers and financiers will have to learn a lot more about each other.

Forget doctors and lawyers, farming is where the money’s at, says Nigerian entrepreneur

“Nigeria is the current dumping ground for food produce from all over the world,” said Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru.

‘Crops’ or ‘carats’? Interaction between gold mining and cocoa production in Ghana

A ‘think piece’ by the Africa Progress Panel’s research fellow, Stephen Yeboah.

Why Botswana’s largest retailer ventured into ‘risky’ Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has the best pool of talent in Africa, says the CEO of Choppies.

Why it’s time for Africans to eat local

Africans are eating like the rest of the world, but what they are eating isn’t necessarily good for them.

Local wines dominate in South Africa

Euromonitor International looks at some of the consumption trends and drivers of alcohol in South Africa.

Why manufacturing locally was the logical step for Kenyan entrepreneur

“We had no background in biscuit [manufacturing] but decided to innovate, work with a strong team, do trials and invest in market surveys and marketing,” says Raj Malde.