Value Chain Financing underpins cropping season success

The recently released Zimbabwe Agricultural Sector Survey report indicated the Government of Zimbabwe remains the lead funder of agriculture through the Climate Proofed Presidential Inputs Scheme (Pfumvudza) and the National Enhanced Agriculture Productivity Scheme formerly known as Command Agriculture. However, … Continue reading Value Chain Financing underpins cropping season success

Cocoa farmers’ pension funds will be prudently managed – National Pensions Regulatory Authority

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana’s National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), Hayford Atta Krufi, has assured that adequate measures have been put in place to prudently invest pension funds of cocoa farmers under the Cocoa Farmers Pension Scheme to … Continue reading Cocoa farmers’ pension funds will be prudently managed – National Pensions Regulatory Authority

Zimbabwe’s long closed bank re-opens set to offset ex-white farmers’ US$3,5b govt debt

Zimbabwe’s first locally owned commercial bank, Time Bank has reopened its doors to the banking public after years of closure and has immediately unveiled a facility to offset the outstanding former white farmers compensation bill. Last year, the government undertook … Continue reading Zimbabwe’s long closed bank re-opens set to offset ex-white farmers’ US$3,5b govt debt

Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank vows to strengthen Mbozi Coffee Curing Plant Company

In a bid to popularise coffee growing in southern highlands regions and provide a big and stable coffee market to Mbozi District growers, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) has vowed to give the curing plant company a soft loan … Continue reading Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank vows to strengthen Mbozi Coffee Curing Plant Company

Ghana’s rice farmers need finance for new technologies, but banks don’t trust them

New farming technologies have the potential to improve livelihoods and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Better seed varieties, soil fertility practices and pest management can all increase productivity. A United Nations Development Programme report says growth in the region’s agriculture is more … Continue reading Ghana’s rice farmers need finance for new technologies, but banks don’t trust them

Coffee bean prices have doubled in the past year and may double again – what’s going on?

International Coffee Day feels very different this year. Introduced by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) on 1 October 2015 to raise awareness of the product and the challenges faced by producers, the day has usually focused on how low prices paid for … Continue reading Coffee bean prices have doubled in the past year and may double again – what’s going on?