Covid19 North America 

Canada Just Invested $100 Million Into Vegan Meat

Canada’s vegan meat industry just got a huge boost. The country just announced a nearly $100 million investment in vegan protein. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the multi-million dollar funding would go to Merit Functional Foods. The Winnipeg-based company specializes in producing plant-based proteins. Merit will use the funds to build its new commercial-scale protein production plant. The facility will be capable of utilizing 10,000 metric tonnes of yellow peas, an ingredient used to make plant-based meat like the Beyond Burger available at A&W Canada, in its first year.…

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Africa Startups 

Tanzania’s East Africa Fruits closes Series A funding worth $3.1m

Tanzanian agri-tech company East Africa Fruits has closed a Series A funding round worth US$3.1 million as it aims to build essential supply chain infrastructure and better transport fresh produce directly from farms to urban marketplaces. Founded by social entrepreneur Elia Timotheo in 2013, addresses food distribution challenges to improve efficiencies in the farm-to-market sector via a B2B e-commerce platform. The company provides a stable, fair market for horticulture crops by aggregating supply and demand and improving cold chain distribution and warehousing infrastructure that reduces post-harvest loss and increases availability…

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Education Financial Services Government Healthcare Management 

Humanitarian ministry debunks fraud allegation over school feeding program in Nigeria

The ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has debunked insinuations that the modified home grown school feeding Program of the Federal Government is fraught with fraudulent activities as against it’s original objective. Recall that concerns were raised by stakeholders on the motive and essence of going ahead with school feeding while the children have been on forced holiday on account of the Coronavirus pandemic. Hence some Nigerians described the new effort as fraududlent as the aim of the program would be defeated if pupils should be fed at home. Responding to inquest…

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Covid19 North America 

Major UK takeaway chains start to reopen

Three major takeaway chains in the UK have announced limited reopening programmes after closing during the coronavirus lockdown. Burger King, KFC and Pret A Manger have or will open certain restaurants around the country for delivery only. Government guidelines state that while restaurants and pubs have to close, they can prepare food for collection or delivery. The chains had decided to temporarily close as the lockdown took effect. ‘Lifting spirits’ Burger King is to reopen four restaurants: two in Bristol, one in Coventry, and one in Swindon, with a pared-down…

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Covid19 Europe 

The businesses crowdfunding to survive

“Running a small business is touch and go at the best of times,” says Rachel Ho, director of an independent coffee shop in Tottenham, north London. And these, it seems fair to say, are far from the best of times. Ahead of warnings the UK’s economy could shrink by 35%, the Treasury set aside billions to keep businesses afloat during the coronavirus lockdown. But for many, access to that funding is proving too difficult or too slow – and fewer than 2% of the 300,000 inquiries to the government’s loan…

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