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#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

Insights into the global vanilla market
Insights into the global vanilla market

Due to harvest cuts in Madagascar and Indonesia, the vanilla market dropped to 7.1K tonnes while demand for vanilla continues to grow. The supply shortage has led to a record level price increase...

10 May 2018

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Going beyond farm-to-fork to encourage healthier food systems

The world's trade and regulation rulebook needs a reboot in order to bolster trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap. "To assure that future food systems will provide healthy food for all people we'll need a big change."

9 May 2018

Africa's new free trade area - streamlining trade and infrastructure development
Africa's new free trade area - streamlining trade and infrastructure development

Increasing intra-African trade is essential for the growth and development of the continent and so the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), set to be the first continent-wide African trade agreement, is good news...

By Kieran Whyte and Jen Stolp 8 May 2018

Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market
Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market

The rise in living standards and the rapid pace of urbanisation have led to a significant increase in production and consumption of meat in Asia in the last decade...

4 May 2018

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Food prices steady, output in cereals expected to decline

April saw the FAO Food Price Index remain steady. Sugar prices continued to decline while prices for cereals and dairy products continued to rise...

4 May 2018

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Local links across Africa provide key clues to fighting the illegal ivory trade

The population of African elephants is estimated to have declined by 111,000 over the past ten years...

By Kristof Titeca 4 May 2018

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Key insights into global pineapple market

Global production of pineapples reached 26.9 million tonnes in 2016, with an upward dynamics over the last nine years...

3 May 2018

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GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable development

"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain."

2 May 2018

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Key insights into the global garlic market

In 2016, global garlic consumption stood at $18.1bn, +8% more than the year before. It is anticipated that the next nine year period will see an upward trend in garlic cultivation due to a number of factors...

25 Apr 2018

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Dangerous hitchhikers: New measures to help stop the spread of plant pests across borders

The CPM has adopted new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally...

24 Apr 2018

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Why Africa's Free Trade Area offers so much promise

Africa's free trade area aims to create a single market for goods and services in Africa. By 2030 the market size is expected to include 1.7 billion people with over USD$ 6.7 trillion of cumulative consumer and business spending...

By Landry Signé 27 Mar 2018

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A new dawn for Africa as 44 countries sign CFTA deal

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African Union Summit...

By Collins Mwai 22 Mar 2018

World prices rising for grains and dairy, wheat output poised to dip in 2018
World prices rising for grains and dairy, wheat output poised to dip in 2018

Global food commodity prices went up in February with lower prices for vegetable oils offset by rising prices for staple grains and dairy products...

2 Mar 2018

Kenya seeks to bridge trade deficit with Morocco
Kenya seeks to bridge trade deficit with Morocco

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry is seeking to bridge the trade deficit between Kenya and Morocco and grow trade between the two countries...

20 Feb 2018

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