Welcome to the January 2024 Food News! This month heralds exciting developments, marked by PricePally’s selection for the prestigious African Agritech Scale Up Programme, promising substantial growth and innovation. Transitioning to critical issues, we address food safety concerns in Nigeria, spotlight the emerging agribusiness and food industry prospects for 2024, and unveil the government’s strategies to combat food inflation. Moreover, by extending our reach, PricePally launches in Ibadan to make quality, affordable food even more accessible. Keep reading to understand the dynamic landscape of the January 2024 Food News
News stories featured in January 2024 food news:
- PricePally selected for the African Agritech Scale Up Programme
- Addressing Food Safety Concerns in Nigeria
- Exploring Agribusiness and Food Industry Prospects in Nigeria for 2024
- Nigeria’s Government Unveils Strategies to Fight Food Inflation for 2024
- Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Forecasted to Reach 21.5% in 2024
- PricePally Launches in Ibadan
PricePally selected for the African Agritech Scale Up Programme
PricePally is one of the 10 businesses selected for the African Agritech Scale Up Programme (2023 cohort) in partnership with FMO-DUTCH Entrepreneurial Development Bank and Africa Gow (DEG impact). We are excited to be part of this program, and we look forward to the growth this will bring all of us at PricePally.
Addressing Food Safety Concerns in Nigeria
In Nigeria, the pleasure of meals is clouded by the risk of food poisoning, primarily due to chemical contamination. The food system is deemed unsafe, facing problems of microbial and chemical poisoning. A study discovered detectable pesticides in over 50% of pregnant women in rural areas. Chemical pollution, involving heavy metals from industrial activities, poses health risks. Pesticide misuse and toxins in grains add to a public health concern that requires collective action. Therefore, the government must educate farmers, actively enforce safety regulations, and advocate for organic farming to ensure a safer food system.
Exploring Agribusiness and Food Industry Prospects in Nigeria for 2024
In Nigeria, promising opportunities are emerging in the agribusiness and food sector for 2024. Firstly, Northern Nigeria’s strategic location makes it an export hub for crops and food products to neighboring countries, emphasizing agriculture as a significant opportunity. Moreover, discussions around the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) have Nigerian food and agriculture companies actively tapping into the American market. Specific opportunities include domestic infant food production in Africa, the potential of leveraging agricultural waste for electricity, and providing cold chain solutions to address food waste.
Additionally, the sector is exploring maintenance and repair services for agricultural machinery, promoting fish production for import substitution, and investigating the potential of the West African pineapple sector. Together, these opportunities highlight the diverse landscape of Nigeria’s agribusiness and food industry, presenting numerous avenues for growth and innovation in the coming year.
Nigeria’s Government Unveils Strategies to Fight Food Inflation for 2024
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, is leading the Federal Government’s active efforts to reduce food inflation in Nigeria. The goal is to ensure food security and lower inflation by significantly increasing food production. Senator Kyari highlights the progress of President Bola Tinubu’s agenda on food security. He has plans to sustain food production programs in 2024. The ministry aims to achieve these goals through technology and mechanization, aligning with the president’s vision for the agricultural sector.
Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Forecasted to Reach 21.5% in 2024
In 2024, Nigeria’s inflation is projected to decrease to 21.5% from the 2023 rate of 24.5%, as outlined in the Nigerian Economic Summit Group’s report. This decline results from reduced reliance on financing methods. It also results from a stable exchange rate and proactive monetary measures by the Central Bank. However, concerns persist over food inflation, fueled by increased credit costs, security issues, and internal displacement.
The report envisions a comprehensive overhaul with a projected 21.5% inflation rate. Highlighted are risk factors, including climate disruptions affecting crop production, Naira weakness, and fuel subsidy removal. In 2023, inflation peaked at 24.5%, mainly due to productivity limitations. Anticipations suggest the Central Bank will maintain a hawkish stance on monetary rates.
PricePally Launches in Ibadan
PricePally expanded operations into the city of Ibadan, marking another significant step in our mission to make food accessible, affordable, and convenient for everyone. As we continue to grow, we commit to bringing the PricePally experience to more Nigerian cities. This ensures that we make quality and affordable food within reach for all. Welcome, Ibadan, to the PricePally family – where great food meets convenience.
And with that conclusion, we wrap up our January 2024 food news segment. We trust you enjoyed the insights and discoveries shared. Stay tuned for our upcoming edition, where we’ll delve deeper into the ever-evolving landscape of Nigerian cuisine and food trends. Don’t forget to share this recap of January 2024 food news with your friends. This will keep them in the loop about the latest in the Nigerian food scene.