African leaders took a stand against malnutrition this week, with a united commitment to improve the nutritional needs of the continent’s children and reduce the rates of stunted growth and development.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition - a decision agri giant Monsanto...
Kenyan producer of fortified peanut butter supplements Insta Products (EPZ) has banked $13.8m (€12.24m) in funding, which it hopes will help alleviate Africa’s reliance on imported solutions to acute malnutrition.
How to create a new high-value, sustainable business model for African ingredients? By focusing on demand-creation first, production second and engagement with communities, says the founder of baobab start-up Aduna.
A start-up firm has found a way of sustainably sourcing the African fruit baobab whilst supporting rural economies and empowering growers in a region that has been described as an untapped source of superfoods.
Dutch supplier Barentz has opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa, as it builds its presence in the 1bn populated sub-Sahara in food and nutrition, pharmaceuticals, personal care and animal nutrition.
German natural ingredients behemoth Döhler is lining up what it is calling an, “extraordinary extract portfolio” of South African ingredients after forming a joint venture with local supplier Afriplex.
The opening last week of a regional development and application centre in Durban, South Africa, signals a clear intent by Kerry Foods to ramp up its focus on the fast growing sub-Saharan African region.
Pharmaceuticals supplier, Aspen, has entered into an agreement with Nestlé to acquire the licences to sell the firm’s recently-purchased Pfizer infant nutrition brand portfolio in Australia and several Southern African countries.
Mandatory flour fortification across most of francaphone Africa is fuelling business opportunities for enrichment specialists, but education at ground-level will be crucial to the sector’s future, says Mühlenchemie.
A South African botanical extract from a plant from the same family as the geranium but with immunity rather than stimulatory indications, is gaining interest as a natural antiobiotic and immunity booster.
"Specially developed ready-to-use therapeutic foods” and nutrient packs are helping to feed more than one million malnourished children in the Sahel region of Western and Central Africa, according to UNICEF.
Supplements manufacturer Wassen International’s former chairman has sold his controlling stake to South Africa’s Vital Health Foods, in a deal that gives Wassen access to a manufacturing plant in South Africa.
The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is teaming up with local supplier, Afriplex, to investigate and market local botanicals with an initial focus on the plant Elephantorrhiza elephantina.
Phytopharm ceo Tim Sharpington insists that Hoodia remains an ‘interesting’ functional food ingredient, despite confirming that the firm has returned its production patents to the South African government scientific body it has leased them off since 1995.
An international collaboration to research the safety and efficacy
of South African medicinal plants has attracted a $4.4 million,
four-year grant from NCCAM, and could result in plant-based
therapies for diseases rampant in Africa,...
African and European researchers have launched an ambitious
international 'information mobilisation' project to disclose the
existing knowledge of useful plants of Tropical Africa. Costing
about €16 million, the project...