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July 2013 Blog Posts (10)


CURAD nurtures young entrepreneurs in Uganda's coffee value chain (© NUCAFE)
CURAD nurtures young entrepreneurs in Uganda's coffee value chain


"The huge untapped potential for agribusiness in Africa offers the best prospect for addressing the complex issues of unemployment, extreme poverty and food and nutrition insecurity," explains Joseph Nkandu, managing director of the the Danida-funded UniBRAIN Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to…


Added by Victor Mirori on July 27, 2013 at 10:04pm — 3 Comments

Tanzania Moves to cushion coffee growers.

The government will provide 2bn/- input subsidies to coffee farmers this season to cushion the effects of the fall of coffee price in the world market.


The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Eng Christopher Chiza, told ‘Daily News’ that the government would assist coffee farmers by providing them with coffee seedlings at subsidised prices. “In principle we have agreed that we should…


Added by Victor Mirori on July 24, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Coffee trends signal good year ahead

By Dorothy Nakaweesi, Daily Monitor.

                                                                                   Trends in coffee e xports continue to show strong growth ahead as both volume and value post a positive outlook. Data from the Uganda Coffee Development Authority indicates…


Added by Susan Ndila on July 24, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ethiopia using coffee for strengthening people-to-people relations, cultural ties

Source: Ethiopian Press Agency

Needless to mention that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and its rich coffee culture reflects its longstanding history which holds a sacred place in the country.

Indeed, coffee is closely tied to the culture and society of Ethiopia and an est…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on July 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Ivory Coast forest clearances threaten cocoa exports, human rights

By Ange Aboa and Joe Bavier, BALEKO-NIEGRE, Ivory Coast

 The Ivory Coast is clearing tens of thousands of cocoa farmers from protected forests, threatening exports from the world's top grower and leading to complaints about human rights abuses-(Reuters)

Cocoa represents about 10 percent of the former French colony's economic output…


Added by Emma Njoki on July 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Indian cuppa to get own tag

Indian cuppa to get own tag

On the lines of Agmark and Silk Mark, the great Indian cuppa is going to get its very own quality assurance and certification tag - TrusTEA. For the first time in history, the Tea Board of India has brought big tea producers and marketers like HUL, Tata Global Beverages, McLeod Russel, Harrison Malayalam, Goodricke and WaghBakri, among others, on a single platform and come up with a unique but voluntary sustainability standardization code.



Added by NEELKANT PANDHARE on July 17, 2013 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Why are coffee-growers unhappy?

Source: The Economist…


Added by Luis Ignacio Carmona on July 17, 2013 at 11:17am — No Comments


By World Cocoa Foundation

Nearly half of the work on cocoa farms in West Africa is carried out by women, who own barely a quarter of the region’s cocoa farms. Recent highly publicized reports have described the plight of many women who contribute to cocoa production.…


Added by Emma Njoki on July 8, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Rising Cocoa Bean Prices Find An Unlikely Hero In Algae

By Kevin Quon, Seeking

Not all is well in the world of chocolate. For large manufacturers of confectionery brands, the industry is beginning to see a divergent trend between supply and demand of a primary input found in cocoa beans. According the world's largest maker of bulk chocolate found in Barry Callebaut, cocoa supplies have lagged demand…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on July 2, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments

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