Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

China and World Food Programme (WFP) join forces to boost school meals and promote access to education in Uganda

This contribution will enable WFP to procure maize, beans, and vegetable oil locally, benefiting school children and smallholder farmers alike, thereby stimulating the local economy

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has provided funding to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for the provision of school meals to over 165,000 children in Karamoja region in Northeastern Uganda. "This contribution is part of China’s commitment to improving food security and nutrition, developing human…

Source: FAO Regional Office for Africa |

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and African Union launch new publications to strengthen agribusiness in Africa

In a move to advance agricultural entrepreneurship and agribusiness development across Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union (AU) have unveiled two new publications on agribusiness incubators and public-private partnerships.  The first publication, Agribusiness Incubation and Acceleration Landscape in Africa is an in-depth analysis…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Global Report on Food Crises: acute hunger remains persistently high in 59 countries with 1-in-5 people assessed in need of critical urgent action

Global Network Against Food Crises’ partners call for a transformative approach to break the cycle of acute hunger

According to the latest Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), nearly 282 million people in 59 countries and territories experienced high levels of acute hunger in 2023 - a worldwide increase of 24 million from the previous year. This rise was due to the report’s increased coverage of food crisis contexts…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warns of maize shortfall across Southern Africa

Recent weather trends associated with El Niño have decimated harvest prospects and point to rising prices and import needs

Cereal production prospects in Southern Africa have taken a sharp turn for the worse since last February, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned today (Monday/Tuesday). The foreseen shortfall in production, especially for maize, is expected to intensify households’ food insecurity, push up domestic prices and spur…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

In Cameroon, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) supports World Bank-funded project targeting nutrition, early warning systems, resilience and capacity-building for small-scale farmers

Efforts include provision of basic inputs, post-harvest equipment and community infrastructure development

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), QU Dongyu, today signed an agreement to provide FAO’s support to the Government of Cameroon in building the capacity of small-scale farmers in the country’s Eastern Region. The Cameroon Emergency Food Crisis Response Project which is receiving $2.92 million from the…

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Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) advises on R3 billion sale of BevCo to Varun Beverages in a landmark Indo-Africa deal

BevCo, is one of the largest carbonated soft drinks producers in Southern Africa

India-listed Varun Beverages Limited (“VBL”), the largest PepsiCo bottler outside of the USA and China, entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in The Beverage Company Proprietary Limited (“BevCo”). RMB (www.RMB.co.za) acted as sole financial advisor to BevCo and selling shareholders, including a Private Equity Fund managed…

Source: FAO Regional Office for Africa |

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Africa concludes with strong commitments toward agrifood system transformation

African nations recommit to Four Betters for accelerated progress on sustainable development goals

The 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa has concluded with a strong ministerial declaration that calls for greater support to build resilience in African countries against climate shocks, increase cooperation for Blue Transformation to intensify African aquaculture, a revival of underutilised African crops, and inclusive rural transformation.…

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Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Investment Forum shows opportunities in West Africa

Togo Prime Minister Victoire Tomegah Dogbé opened the forum, held under the theme ‘Transforming ECOWAS Communities in a Challenging Environment’

The forum gathered leaders in government, finance and business from across the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). They unpacked ways that investment can improve farming and food security across West Africa. The ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) hosted the event in Lome, Togo, from 4 to…

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War in Sudan is ‘a crisis of epic proportions’ as atrocities abound

The year-long ongoing war in Sudan is “a crisis of epic proportions”, and the world must rethink the way it supports the Sudanese people amid rampant atrocities against civilians and no end in sight, top UN and African Union officials warned the Security Council on Friday

The Sudanese people have endured “unbearable suffering” since the conflict started just over a year ago when an outbreak of fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) “brutally interrupted the political transition”, Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said. “This is…

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Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and World Food Programme (WFP) renew their commitment to strengthen food security in Zambia

Zambia declared a state of emergency due to the El Niño induced drought, with 84 out of 116 districts and more than one million farming families affected, plunging the country into food and nutrition insecurity

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and CGIAR, have renewed their partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), to strengthen food and nutrition security in Zambia as the…