Boost for African cotton sectors from UNCTAD

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will support Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda to add value to their cotton sectors. “We expect improved capacity of policymakers to formulate evidence-based polices that improve the value add to cotton and devise investment profiles to attract investors,” said Kris Terauds,…

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Malawi will now recognise local seed

The Malawian government has bowed to pressure to recognise the importance of locally grown crop seed alongside commercially produced varieties. It is still unclear what impact the development will have on the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa’s (COMESA) harmonisation of national seed laws. Non-governmental organisations fiercely lobbied to…

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COMESA tips Zambia on tomato value addition

Zambia can be the region’s major exporter of tomato paste, said Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Industry and Agriculture, mr. Thierry Kalonji. Kalonji said investment in tomato processing plants will reverse the situation where Zambia imports tomato paste, despite being a large producer of raw…

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