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African Farming weekly digest - 20th - 26th March

Here is a brief overview of the weeks new on, from 20 - 27 March 2017

World Bank announces record US$57bn for sub-Saharan Africa 

Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, announced on 19 March that a record US$57bn in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years. Read more here

Water, our lifeblood by Ivy Latour, Marketing & Communications Director, Asia Industrial, Veolia Water Technologies  

 A most dynamic industry, the food and beverage (F&B) market has seen dozens of food trends come and go, survived several crises (avian flu, swine flu, mad cow disease, etc.), and has hung on through droughts due to poor weather. But for all its resilience, the F&B industry’s Achilles’ heel may just be the very thing that is required for its core business – water.

Widely used in food and beverage production, water is a critical component that the F&B industry cannot do without. The actual amount of water and energy that goes into producing each food or drink item can be staggering to the general public. For example, an astounding 53 gallons (or 200 litres, estimated) of water is used in the collective processes leading up to the production of a single egg, while a pint of beer requires nearly 20 gallons (75 litres) of water for production, excluding the water used to produce the cans and bottles to contain the beer. These indirect water contributions are difficult to quantify, so they are largely unknown and are not taken into consideration by the F&B industry. Read more here

Nigerian anti-grazing bill tackling frustrating passage through the House

John Dyegh, the lawmaker representing Gboko/Tarka Federal constituency at the Nigeria National Assembly has claimed that 'powerful Nigerians' are disrupting the passage of the bill banning open grazing. Read more here

More international pavilions at Agritech Expo Zambia displays African global presence

The upcoming Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba from 27-29 April will feature a record number of six international pavilions from strong farming countries Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, France, the Czech Republic and Zimbabwe, each showcasing their own specialised products and services to the agri-community. Read more here

Case IH gives an insight into advances in farming in Tanzania

The 5th Commercial Farm Africa summit has brought together industry professionals from all over the continent to share insights into transforming Africa’s agricultural value chain. The two-day event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (March 14th and 15th) was a valuable opportunity for visitors to hear experts give talks on a wide range of important farming matters. Read more here.

Trelleborg showcase six new innovations and products at SIMA

At SIMA 2017, Trelleborg unveiled and showcased six products from its extensive portfolio of tyres and complete wheel systems for the agricultural sector. Read more here