For foreign brewers, Ethiopia has "a huge potential"

File photo©ReutersInternational brewers are helping transform Ethiopia's business landscape as it slowly sells the assets of the former communist state and opens up to foreigners drawn to one of Africa's fastest growing economies.

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Agribusiness: Betting on Senegal's un-milked cows

File photo©ReutersBagore Bathily was working as a vet to Senegal's pastoralist farmers when he was struck by an absurdity: 3 million cows roam the country but no dairy company processes their milk.

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Agriculture: Poor Ghana output weighing on global cocoa forecasts

Cocoa pods. Photo©ReutersHarsh weather in Ghana has pushed many in the cocoa market to predict a global deficit, a senior Olam executive said.

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Manufacturing: Ethiopian unit of Dutch brewer Bavaria to start sales

File Photo©ReutersEthiopian greenfield brewer Habesha, majority-owned by Dutch brewer Bavaria NV, said it plans to start selling beer in the second quarter of this year to tap rising domestic demand that has attracted global brands.

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Ghana: French company in cocoa processing deal

Photo©ReutersA French company has clinched a deal with the Ghana Cocoa Board (GCB) that will see it process about 50 000 tonnes of cocoa a year.

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Egypt: Nestle plans $138 million investment

File Photo©ReutersSwiss food giant Nestle plans to invest about 1 billion Egyptian pounds ($137.93 million) in Egypt in the next few years and believes economic reforms could deliver results, its regional CEO said on Monday.

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Belgian and Zimbabwean shot in land protest in Sierra Leone

File photo©Jeune AfriqueA Belgian and a Zimbabwean working for international agribusiness company Socfin Group have been shot during a protest over land rights in Sierra Leone, police said on Saturday.

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Aquaculture: Teach a man to fish farm...

Lake Harvest covers more than 1,000ha on Kariba’s east shore. Photo©John CassimThe Lake Harvest project in Kariba has attracted much-needed investment to Zimbabwe and is showing others how to implement sustainable practices.

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Zimbabwe beverage producer, Delta Corporation eyes sorghum beer

File Photo©ReutersHit hard by Zimbabwe's economic stagnation, the country's biggest beverage maker, Delta Corporation, plans to take advantage of the growth in sorghum beer volumes. 

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Equity: A taste for chicken

Funds are investing in businesses that can meet the rising demand for poultry south of the Sahara.

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Egyptian government approves plan to allow rice exports

Egypt's government has approved plans to allow rice exports, the supplies minister said on Thursday in a move welcomed by traders but carrying terms which could hinder the return of the country's medium-grain rice to the international market.

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Singapore-Africa: An island with continental ambitions

Singapore-listed Olam has planted 3,600ha of rice in Nigeria’s Nasarawa State. Photo©OlamSingapore will host its third biennial African trade summit in August, building on an already thriving business ecosystem.

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Mauritius' Omnicane to invest $250 million into Ghana's sugar plantations

Sugarcane plantation. Photo©ReutersA Mauritius sugarcane firm Omnicane is set to invest $250 million into sugarcane plantations in northern Ghana, creating 2,000 jobs and boosting income in the impoverished region.

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Morocco's royal investment vehicle to sell stake in Lesieur

 The Societe Nationale d'Investissement (SNI), the investment vehicle of Morocco's royal family, will sell its remaining 23.6 percent stake in cooking oil producer Lesieur Cristal in a public sale, the stock exchange regulator said on Saturday.

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How to feed Africa and sustain the environment

Photo©ReutersAgriculture is a major contributor to environmental degradation. As demand for food production in Africa grows, the stroke of entrepreneurial genius that brought Ethiopian Tilahun Metferiya success is inspiring a movement of farmers, researchers and policy makers - both in Ethiopia and Kenya - looking to do things differently.

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Eyeing Brazil and Ethiopia, potash juniors defy industry slowdown

Potash. Photo©ReutersTwo junior potash producers working in unusual locations look set to shake off the most bearish industry conditions in five years and open new mines, helped by their proximity to Brazil and Africa, two of the world's most promising but under-served fertilizer markets.

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The seeds of the privatisation of knowledge

The legalised introduction of genetically modified seeds into Uganda's ecosystem will go down as one of the most successful cases of policy by stealth in the region, if not the continent as a whole.

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Kenya coffee auction to resume next week

Photo©ReutersKenya will hold its weekly coffee auction on Tuesday, resuming after this week's cancellation due to a row over where the commodity can be sold, trade association and exchange officials said on Friday.

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Nestle aids Ivory Coast with cocoa and coffee initiative

Cocoa pods. Photo©ReutersNestle aims to help the world's top cocoa grower Ivory Coast head off a potential production crisis by distributing 12 million seedlings to the country's ageing plantations, the Swiss company said.

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Wheat demand rush at French port triggers price rise for Egypt

A worker is seen at a wheat store after the harvest at Damanhour city in Al Beheira, governorate, about 135 km (84 miles) north of Cairo May 4, 2013. Picture taken May 4, 2013. Photo©ReutersA rush in demand to ship wheat from the France's northwest port of Dunkirk, one of the most competitive gates to export grain to Egypt, has contributed to a penalising rise in French wheat prices, traders said on Thursday.

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