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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Over 65 Dutch companies dominated this year’s Eldoret agribusiness trade fair which came to a close at the University of Eldoret. The trade fair was aimed at furnishing farmers, service providers and industry suppliers with distinctive opportunity to exhibit their products for bench-marking and trade. The fair also provided a platform to farmers and agricultural sector stakeholders to learn emerging technologies and exchange ideas with industry players on how to boost agribusiness in the country. Various dignitaries graced the occasion among them Netherlands ambassador Frans makenn and Eldoret VC Professor Teresia Akenga.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Thirteen companies from Netherlands have announced their plan to attend the Poultry Africa 2017 expo and leadership conference that will be held in Kigali from October 4th. Their mission is organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), the leading network of Dutch companies that do business with Africa, and has 350 members. A majority of them is active in the agricultural sector. During the conference, these companies will learn and build strong partnership with Rwandans in poultry sector.

Monday, 09 October 2017

Grape growers were given new hope of exporting their produce through the Port of Lüderitz in the near future. The proposition was tabled by NileDutch's commercial director Leo Huisman during a tablegrape pre-harvest season meeting at Aussenkehr, as he outlined that NileDutch can be the solution to using the Lüderitz port. Namibian grapes are currently exported to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands via Cape Town in South Africa, with the produce moved from Namibia to South Africa by truck. Huisman indicated that NileDutch was ready to provide a reliable and quality service that will ensure the grapes are no longer transported to South Africa before shipment, but shipped to Europe straight from Namibia through Lüderitz Port.

Monday, 02 October 2017

A little-known fact about Dutch beer-brewing company Heineken is that it sources half of its raw materials from local, small-scale farmers for its African operations. By sourcing locally, multinationals can save on import costs, preserve foreign exchange and contribute to the economic development of the continent. Yet, buying raw materials from smallholder farmers is not done overnight. Rather, it is the end-result of a multi-faceted commitment that can span up to 10 years. Throughout the continent, the company sources about 50% of its agricultural needs locally, including from approximately 150,000 smallholder farmers. The brewer aims to increase that to 60% by 2020, according to Paul Stanger, Heineken’s local sourcing director for Africa and the Middle East. Beer is typically made from malted barley, hops, yeast, and water (for most lagers), but other ingredients could include sorghum, rice and maize or even cassava. All these crops, with the exception of some varieties of barley and hops, are grown in Africa by smallholder farmers.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Selling beer is now very competitive in Ivory Coast. Since the arrival of Dutch group Heineken in April 2016, the monopoly enjoyed by Solibara owned by French Group Castel has pushed both companies to engage in a series of advertising campaigns. The advertising campaigns in the form of posters is going on at a time when retailers in the beer business complain of a decline in profits. “A crate of beer in Ivory Coast is now sold for 5000FCFA. How much will one gain after selling the crate. This is because today I sell Solibra products. When you say that beer is made in Ivory Coast then dealers in the product need to benefit from it. I gain about 1000 FCFA from a crate of beer. Who then pays all the other costs. I have just spoken the truth,” a dealer in beer products, Josue Gnahoua said. Solibra holds two thirds of the market and achieved a turnover of 305 million euros in 2016. On the other side is its competitor Brassivoire, which has seized a third of the market in a year.

Agriterra and ForFarmers will begin cooperating in order to help professionalise farmers’ organisations and cooperatives in emerging markets. Jan Potijk, director of ForFarmers Nederland and Kees Blokland, director of Agriterra, signed the memorandum on this past Friday. ForFarmers will offer its employees the option to make their knowledge and expertise available for Agriterra advisory assignments and training programmes in emerging markets in, for instance, Africa, Asia and South America. In more concrete terms, this means that ForFarmers employees can register to help with advisory issues at agricultural cooperatives that Agriterra supports with knowledge. After approval from both ForFarmers and Agriterra, a ForFarmers employee can be deployed.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

"In the past few years, Chinese agricultural technology has developed dramatically. The quality of agricultural produce has also improved. However, compared to imported fruit, the differences in quality are still rather big. This is mainly because farmers and packing factories abroad have adopted mechanized management, and because they put more focus on food safety and sustainable development strategies," according to Coco Zhu of Jaguar."Jaguar's business in China consists of 90% import and 10% export. We mainly ship through the port of Shanghai. Compared to last year, we have now put even more energy into quality control. In addition, Jaguar has recently established several well-known Egyptian orange brands."

Monday, 24 July 2017

Dutch banking giant Rabobank, a leading food and agribusiness financier, has joined the list of Kenya’s Equity Bank Group shareholders. Rabobank will jointly with the Netherlands Development Finance Company, a government-backed institution also known by its Dutch acronym FMO and Norfund, own an 11.99 per cent stake in Equity Holdings. The shareholding in Equity Holdings is held through Arise, an investment company focused on the banking sector launched early this year.Arise is in the process of acquiring minority stakes in both NMB (National Microfinance Bank PLC (NMB) a commercial bank in Tanzania) and Equity Bank.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The costs of ingredients of poultry feed highly depend on the country’s production. As a result these costs highly determine the competitive power of the national poultry chains in East Africa. This is concluded in a study conducted by WLR in collaboration with the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC). The study shows how poultry chains in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania increasingly depend on developments in their neighbouring countries. The results of the project ‘Poultry Development in Africa, a regional perspective’ have been presented in the Africa Event of the Dutch Poultry Centre. Feed prices are lowest in the countries that are able to locally produce the main feed ingredients (mainly maize).

Sahel Capital, fund manager for the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (“FAFIN”), is pleased to announce the successful $65.9 million final close of its debut fund. As part of this close, the African Development Bank, CDC Group, and the Dutch Good Growth Fund have jointly committed $31 million to FAFIN, joining existing co‐sponsors of the fund to drive agricultural transformation in Nigeria. As part of this round, KfW Development Bank has also offered to increase its commitments to FAFIN by an additional $10 million, subject to final approvals, which if provided would increase the fund size to $76 million by December 2017.

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