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Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

By Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination
Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination

Africa is open for business. With average annual growth for sub-Saharan Africa forecast at 8% until 2023, the continent is looking increasingly attractive as a trade and export destination...

15 Mar 2019

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Unmeltable chocolate and bean-to-bar: A cocoa expert highlights 3 sweet trends

'Tis the season to eat chocolate. And for the chocolate industry, there's nothing sweeter, since this is the time of year when it enjoys a spike in sales and, at least for some, rising profits...

By Kristy Leissle 21 Dec 2018

Trading while caring for people and planet
Trading while caring for people and planet

Ratifications are moving ahead, if slowly, on the newly signed AfCFTA - the world's largest free trade agreement (with the most member countries) since the founding of the World Trade Organization...

By Richards Munang and Robert Mgendi 22 Oct 2018

Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in Africa
Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in Africa

The share of internal trade in Africa remains low, as reflected by official statistics. This is despite numerous regional trade agreements that have led to tariffs removal within the trading blocs...

By Joachim Jarreau, Cristina Mitaritonna and Sami Ben 26 Sep 2018

AfCFTA will spur industrialisation
AfCFTA will spur industrialisation

The African Continental Free Trade Area will spur Africa's industrialisation and economic development...

24 Sep 2018

Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General.
Africa has phenomenal potential for intra-continental trade

When at least 22 countries ratify it, AfCFTA will officially come into force, potentially making the African continent the largest trading bloc in the world...

By Zipporah Musau 30 Aug 2018

African Union chairperson and president of Rwanda Paul Kagame (from left); president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou and African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the launch of AfCFTA in Kigali in March 2018. Credit: Office of President Paul Kagame.
Africa's massive free trade area a "gamechanger"

Experts say the African Continental Free Trade Agreement is a game changer...

By Kingsley Ighobor 29 Aug 2018

#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets
#MobileCommerce: Embrace international markets

Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering...

By Megan Roper 26 Jul 2018

AfCFTA phase 11 negotiations ahead
AfCFTA phase 11 negotiations ahead

Nairobi hosts consultative meeting in preparation for AfCFTA Phase II negotiations...

25 Jul 2018

New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"
New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"

Afrimart, a Pan-African business to business (B2B) e-commerce platform for products made in Africa, has just been launched, offering growth prospects for the less exploited intra-Africa trade...

18 Jul 2018

AGOA must support AfCFTA
AGOA must support AfCFTA

Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) remains critical in developing regional value chains in Africa and in support of AfCFTA...

16 Jul 2018

Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries
Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43tn in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages...

10 Jul 2018

NEPAD to transform into new AU Development Agency
NEPAD to transform into new AU Development Agency

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) transforms into the African Union Development Agency...

10 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war
#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war

Soya bean production remains at the heart of the US-China trade war, hence prices were under pressure on Friday (6 July 2018) on the back of the introduction of tariffs. For context, China is the world's largest soya bean consumer and heavily reliant on imports.

By Wandile Sihlobo 9 Jul 2018

SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth
SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth

The signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement by President Ramaphosa on 1 July, at the 31st African Union Summit in Mauritania, is considered a significant step towards increased intra-African trade...

3 Jul 2018

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AfCFTA will foster partnerships among e-commerce firms: Jumia CEO

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement will encourage partnerships among e-commerce firms within the continent, and impact Nigeria's growing economy significantly, believes the CEO of Jumia Nigeria...

27 Jun 2018

Key insights into the global lemon market
Key insights into the global lemon market

The global lemon market totalled $13.9bn in 2016, which was 19% more in 2015. This according to the World: Lemons and Limes - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025, released by IndexBox.

22 Jun 2018

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Key insights into the global sesame seed market

The increased global consumption of sesame seeds is mainly due to the heightened demand for the product from the growing Asian and African populations...

8 Jun 2018

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EAC tea consumption to increase in the next decade

East African countries could lead the world in growth in consumption of tea during the next decade, even as they occupy top positions in exports of the commodity...

By Maryanne Gicobi 6 Jun 2018

Launch of Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo, December 2018.
AfCFTA could raise trade by 52%

Preparations for an Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo in December 2018 are underway...

6 Jun 2018

Key insights into the global cinnamon market
Key insights into the global cinnamon market

Driven by the growth of population, the popularity of spices, and the growth of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, the cinnamon sector is expected to continue an upward consumption trend...

31 May 2018

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What is driving the rise in global tea consumption and production?

Tea consumption has grown particularly rapidly in China, India and other emerging economies, driven by a combination of higher incomes and efforts to diversify production to include speciality items such as herbal teas, fruit fusions and flavoured gourmet teas...

30 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

By Vanessa Ferguson 25 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: How Shoprite trailblazed trading in Africa
#AfricaMonth: How Shoprite trailblazed trading in Africa

The Shoprite Group has trailblazed trading in Africa in many respects. Since kicking off its expansion into the continent in 1990, the retailer now has its footprints firmly planted in over 460 locations across 14 African countries...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 May 2018

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Insights into the global strawberry market

The healthy food trend is becoming increasingly popular on the developed markets, thereby encouraging the consumption of natural products, including fruit and berries. This trend is expected to continue in the coming years...

24 May 2018

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Insights into the global coconut oil market

The current demand for various different oils designed to be used for health and beauty purposes constitutes the main driving force behind the market. However, the coconut oil market will continue to decline as a result of the steadily decreasing output in the major producing countries...

18 May 2018

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Insights into the global grains market

It is expected that global cereal grains consumption will grow to 3.0 million tonnes by 2025. In the medium term, consumption of cereal grains will grow at a slow rate, mainly due to increased demand for cereal grains in Asian and African countries.

17 May 2018

Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade
Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade

The AfCFTA's potential as a tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development was highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's Conference of Ministers...

By Benjamin Ouma 15 May 2018

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies
Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

By Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

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