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JR Farms Limited

One of the leading agribusiness platform in Africa is determined to transform Agriculture in Africa.

The agribusiness platform dubbed JR Farms Limited is looking to achieve this by undertaking opportunities for growth and business that will engender sustainable food production and increased incomes for farmers in Africa. JR Farms is a Rwandan led agri-enterprise operating in Rwanda, Nigeria and Zambia in the areas of food processing and retailing, agro commodity trading and consulting. Its corporate goals are to ensure food security, end hunger in Africa and create decent jobs for Africa’s women and young people.

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In a bid to ensure that this is achieved, the firm has partnered with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to develop youth-led agriculture enterprises.

The two organisations have signed an agreement to promote youth involvement in agriculture and create decent work opportunities.

FAO and JR …

Millions of smallholder farmers across Africa are facing economic devastation as COVID-19 pandemic disrupts exports and global food supply chains, a report has noted.

A report, dubbed ‘Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Africa’s Agriculture’ noted that millions of African smallholder farmers who grow fruits and vegetables (FFV) for export have lost market access as flights are canceled and borders restricted around the world.

This comes after another statement was released by the Kenya Flower council citing the crippling of the horticultural sector by the COVID-19 pandemic. The flower exporters said that lack of freight is now the major hindrance to Kenya’s cut flower export.

The recently released report by Selina Wamucii notes that Morocco, Kenya, and South Africa are the most affected countries in Africa.

Global disruption of supply chains is also affecting the import of agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides.

According to John Oroko, CEO of …

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) received €11 million contribution from the European Union as the UN agency steps up efforts to fight the desert locust outbreak.

FAO Director-General QU Dongyu received the contribution to help fight the locust upsurge which has now spread from East Africa to the Persian Gulf.

The European Commission announced that €10 million would come from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO). While another €1 million will come from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

“I want to thank the European Union for its generosity and support as the Desert Locust threatens to provoke a humanitarian crisis in East Africa,” Qu said.

Qu also added that the situation is extremely alarming in a region where 20 million people are already considered food insecure.

The locust outbreak is the worst in the last 25 years for Ethiopia and Somalia and …