Ivory Coast shifts manual certification for horticulture products export to digital

IVORY COAST – Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa-producing country, will officially transition from physical paper documents associated with international trade for its horticultural products to electronic phytosanitary certification (ephyto) as of May 03. According to the official, this transition from the conventional system to the digital one will make it possible to accelerate, facilitate, and participate in improving the…

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FAO boosts animal health workers’ skills in field epidemiology to address zoonotic diseases

SIERRA LEONE – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has trained 11 frontline health workers in applied epidemiology, the One Health approach, and community engagement capabilities for better control and management of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, through the use of new diagnostic and surveillance skills. The four-month-long training titled, “In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET)”, entailed a month-long classwork…

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FAO heads to Rwanda to help strengthen its national food control system

RWANDA – Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)has launched a new project to improve food security by reducing crop losses brought about by pests. With funding from the European Union totaling €5 million (U.S$ 5.3 million), the project focusing on agriculture value chains will be…

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Rwanda FDA lifts ban on Nestlé cereal brand with non-compliant labeling

RWANDA – Rwanda’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has lifted a month-long ban on batches of Nestlé Cerelac cereal that originated in France and were alleged to be sold in the country without proper labels. Earlier in February, FDA had demanded all boxes of Nestlé Cerelac cereal that didn’t bear the address of the manufacturer, and ingredients be removed from…

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Ghana’s Ashanti region commits funds to develop new high-yielding onion varieties

GHANA – The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti region has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-CRI), to commit funds for research activities to develop and release new varieties of onions and technologies for their cultivation and production by farmers in the area. The MOU will…

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Raw pork, chicken meat sold in Kenyan supermarkets is contaminated: KEMRI research finds

KENYA – A new study led by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has found high levels of contamination in raw pork and poultry meat sold in leading supermarkets in Kenya. Out of the 393 samples collected from the supermarkets, 98.4% of pork and 96.6% of poultry were contaminated with high levels of bacteria. The researchers hypothesize that the contamination…

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Tanzania’s President Dr. Samia Suluhu launches Africa’s Food System Forum 2023

TANZANIA – Tanzania is set to host Africa’s Food System Forum 2023, Africa’s premier platform for advancing the agriculture and food systems agenda on the continent, come September 5th-8th 2023 in Dar es Salaam. Recover, Regenerate, Act: Africa’s Solutions to Food Systems Transformation is the theme of this year’s Forum, and it centers on restoring healthier food systems and food…

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Give us 8-months to comply with avocado regulations; suppliers plead with AFA

KENYA – Avocado suppliers have called for an eight-month exemption to comply with regulations published by Agricultural Food Authority (AFA) set to be implemented on March 24, as the harvesting season draws close. In a seven-hour meeting held at Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) headquarters in Kandara, the marketing agents expressed uncertainty about being able to comply with…

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MARKUP develops control guide to help fight aflatoxins in Kenya

KENYA – Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) Kenya together with other partners has developed an aflatoxin control guide for capacity-building actors in different food value chains, in a bid to ensure food safety in Kenya. MARKUP is a regional development initiative that provides support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East African Community (EAC). The initiatives are the…

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Illicit alcohol production booms in Uganda, grabs 65% market share

UGANDA – According to the Uganda Alcohol Industry Association, approximately 65% of alcoholic beverage producers in Uganda are not registered, which not only causes the government to lose a significant amount of tax money but also puts consumers’ health at risk. The Corporate Relations Director of Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), Ms. Juliana Kaggwa, stated at a public-private sector conversation on…

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