African investment fund gets green light from AfDB

Phatisa, an African investment company and fund manager, received US$10 million in equity investment from the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to invest in African agriculture. The Phatisa Food Fund 2 (PFF2) aims to boost agriculture and nutrition across the continent. “Following the AfDB approval, existing approval from Overseas Private Investment…

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Attracting investment – the challenge for Africa’s smallholder farmers

Farmers globally find it difficult to get access to investments, but for smallholder farmers on the African continent it is even more so. During the recent African Agri Investment Indaba, many speakers cited that factors adding to investors shying away from agriculture on the African continent include; policy and political…

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EU to move beyond aid to investment in Africa

A new investment plan from the European Union (EU) would see the greatest influx of investments into Africa in the face of the continent’s expected population boom. The EU recently got the green light for its External Investment Plan, through which they want to gather about US$ 52.1 billion in trade…

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Budget to “boost crop, livestock, fisheries productivity” – Mutati

The 2018 budget will especially benefit Zambian crop, livestock and fish farmers, said Zambian Finance Minister Felix Mutati. Mutati delivered his K71.6 billion budget on Friday, highlighting the improvement of agriculture market information systems and the development of functional markets. The focus will be on sustaining high production and enhancing…

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