March 02, 2015 / Week N° 10
February 13th, 2015
Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.
October 15th, 2014
New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.
August 6th, 2014
Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.
May 26th, 2014
Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.
April 2nd, 2014
Pesticide residue concerns have pushed Kenya’s plant service to focus on safety to reach export markets.
February 17th, 2014
From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.
January 3rd, 2014
To compete internationally, one Kenyan avocado grower is looking at fair trade and organic certification.
November 20th, 2013
New cooking banana varieties could ward off Black Sigatoka and give a production boost to East African farmers.
July 15th, 2013
Avocado suppliers from Kenya face a tough challenge in Europe from the large and often favored Peruvian supply.
March 15th, 2013
The EU has granted US$1.8 million to benefit East African agricultural development.
February 12th, 2013
Kenya’s Stephen Mbithi has dealt harsh words to the European Union for untimely bean inspections for pesticide residues.
November 27th, 2012
The African Union has been asked to consider a genetically modified food ban this January.
September 20th, 2012
Improved security measures against piracy have led to lower risk surcharges for routes off the Somali coast.
June 29th, 2012
Kenyan fruit farmers should borrow more and capitalize on the export market, a senior expert has advised.
May 22nd, 2012
A voluntary dimethoate ban in Kenya has cut back production and sales in the first quarter.
May 4th, 2012
A new fruit processing plant and passion fruit growing nursery are about to go ahead in Kenya.
May 2nd, 2012
Peru has sent some insufficiently ripe avocado shipments to the U.K. in a bid to capture higher prices.
April 13th, 2012
The World Bank’s Wolfgang Fengler highlights how better port facilities could help lift Kenya’s economy.
February 24th, 2012
Tanzinian orange farmers have been warned that their livelihoods are at risk unless the country can control its fruit flies.
February 15th, 2012
The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.
February 7th, 2012
Kenyan producers are optimistic exports will continue to grow despite having to use more expensive pesticides.
February 2nd, 2012
European buyer backlash has led Kenya to ban its use of dimethoate on crops.
January 27th, 2012
A Danish-backed initiative aims to boost the organization of Kenyan passion fruit farmers.
January 20th, 2012
Frosts have hit a Kenyan tea, coffee, avocado and tomato-growing region.
December 22nd, 2011
Nature’s Pride CEO Shawn Harris says fair trade goes beyond ‘greenwashing’ and needs strong checks to ensure its credibility.
December 16th, 2011
The Kenyan government is set to open a mango processing plant in January in a bid to improve grower returns.
November 11th, 2011
U.S. officials have decided to allow Kenyan beans into the country provided they are cut and checked for pests.
October 24th, 2011
Kenyan officials have restricted banana plant seedling movement in an attempt to contain wilt disease.
October 19th, 2011
Kenya’s major avocado exports are finishing up for this year, while a currency fall has brought a new dynamic with it.
September 16th, 2011
European avocado arrivals are down 9% in the season to date, as South Africa and Peru make way for Israel and Spain.
August 26th, 2011
Commercialization of wild fruits has increased in Kenya with entrepreneurs selling baobab, marula, tamarind and African plum seeds to growers.
August 11th, 2011
Multinational Del Monte has announced a new drip irrigation system will reduce its water usage in Kenya by 30%.
August 8th, 2011
The euro zone crisis has led to reduced growth forecasts for Kenya’s horticultural sector.
August 3rd, 2011
Africa’s two key avocado-exporting countries have recorded a combined 20.5% year-on-year fall in shipments to Europe in the season to week 30.
August 2nd, 2011
An Australian organization is offering artificial rain technology to drought-stricken African countries, which could help improve agriculture and relieve hunger.
August 1st, 2011
Kenyan farmers have been able to avoid wastage losses by delivering fruit to a Coca Cola juice factory.
July 29th, 2011
Kenya-based Orion Seed Company has launched two new hybrid tomato seeds.
July 20th, 2011
Avocado exports from the Southern Hemisphere’s major suppliers are set to grow 9.7% to 224,000 metric tons (MT) in the 2011/12 season.
July 18th, 2011
The GM debate is heating up in Kenya with the government calling on importers to declare the existence of transgenics for labelling.
South Africa’s avocado crop has fallen dramatically this year, but the industry is positive on future European and U.S. export potential.
July 12th, 2011
A Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project report has highlighted potential for increased avocado exports.
July 4th, 2011
A university lecturer has called for greater use of post harvest technology in Kenya to reduce mango industry losses.
June 23rd, 2011
Kenya’s wild fruits have been so successful a local research institute plans to commercialize them.
June 14th, 2011
A new free trade area could strengthen South Africa’s position as a regional investment springboard.
June 9th, 2011
Kenyan farmers have bred a ‘pomato’ plant in a bid to improve land use and fight hunger.
May 27th, 2011
Kenyan avocado farmers hope a New Zealand-backed factory will help boost exports to U.S. and European markets.
May 25th, 2011
Five Kenyan MPs have called for protection of the macadamia industry from Chinese investors.
May 11th, 2011
A Kenyan avocado, pineapple and tea exporter could face forceful land acquisition if it doesn’t reach agreement over road construction on its land.
April 29th, 2011
The FAO has announced its support for a new initiative to boost harmonization of seed markets across the African continent.
April 14th, 2011
A solar-powered farm to be launched in Kenya in June will be the first of its kind in Africa.
March 30th, 2011
High yielding bananas, fast maturing mangoes and plumper passion fruit are just some new fruit breeds the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) has developed.
March 21st, 2011
Kenyan tea and fruit company Kakuzi has recorded a net profit after tax of US$3.69 million (311 million shillings) for the 2010 calendar year.
March 14th, 2011
A Kenyan microfinance organisation has extended its insurance offering to include harvests.
February 18th, 2011
Up to 90% of African cities depend on farming using wastewater, but a UN report highlights the risks of food contamination in many cases.
January 28th, 2011
Kenya’s drought has not affected avocado, mango and passionfruit volumes, but high temperatures have led to price hikes.
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