Dairy Farmers to Benefit from Solar-powered Coolers

Small dairy farms, which form the bulk of milk producers, are suffering from low production as a result of lack of cooling systems and animal feeds. Now, researchers at Germany’s University of Hohenheim have developed solar-powered milk cooling refrigerators for small dairy farmers. The university is carrying out trials of the new cooling system with optimised animal feeding at Sam Malanga Co-operative Society in Siaya County in western Kenya and the Sidi Bouzid region in central Tunisia, to adapt it to local conditions. The University of Hohenheim said the goal…

Tunisia Pins Hopes on Second IMF Loan Tranche

The Tunisian government is pinning its expectations for the release of a second International Monetary Fund loan tranche on a delegation visit in late March or early April. “We hope the upcoming visit will be positive and the second tranche of the loan will be disbursed soon,” Ridha Saidi, the prime minister’s economic adviser, said in a telephone interview in Tunis. Tunisia secured a $2.88 billion loan last May, when $319 million were disbursed. The IMF didn’t release $321 million in December. During its last visit earlier this month, the Washington-based lender…

Tunisian entrepreneurs get powerful ally in D.C. startup

Using technology to overcome political and geographic obstacles is more important now than ever. That’s the idea fueling Shahed Amanullah, a serial entrepreneur and a Muslim American who has been vocal about Trump’s immigration policies. When President Trump issued the refugee and travel ban last month, Amanullah and his cofounders at Affinis Labs felt a new sense of urgency to scale Minbar. Minbar is a platform aimed at helping entrepreneurs in underserved markets with everything from formulating startup ideas to raising capital. Affinis Labs, based in Washington, D.C., launched Minbar…

Tunisia to accelerate reforms as IMF freezes loan: minister

Tunisia is likely to sell stakes in three state-owned banks this year and cut up to 10,000 public sector jobs as part of reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has postponed the payment of the second tranche of a loan, the finance minister said. Six years after its 2011 pro-democracy uprising, Tunisia is struggling to make economic progress. Last June, the IMF released the first tranche of a loan worth $320 million. Finance Minister Lamia Zribi told Reuters in an interview a second payment had not been…

Morocco looks to new markets to boost stagnant tourism

Morocco’s key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years. While political turmoil and jihadist attacks have battered the sector in Egypt and Tunisia, Morocco registered 10 million visitors last year, according to the Moroccan Tourism Observatory. That was a barely perceptible rise of 1.5 percent from 2015, it said. But hoteliers in the narrow streets of the capital Rabat’s old city were cautiously positive. “Last year was better than 2015. And the…

Top Wheat Buyers Grow More of Their Own to Swell Global Glut

North Africa farms recover from drought to boost output by 25% While still dependent on imports, region will be buying less As if the global wheat surplus couldn’t get much worse, some of the biggest buyers may not need as much. That could swell stockpiles already expected to be the biggest ever. Countries in North Africa like Egypt and Algeria — all dependent on foreign wheat to help keep their populations fed — probably will harvest 25 percent more on their own farms this year if the weather is as…

Tunisia becomes second largest organic exporter in Africa

The CEPEX recently published a detailed sector note on the overall situation of exports of the agricultural sector and the agri-food industry for the year 2016. According to the note, Tunisia became the second largest African exporter of biological products and that 80% of these organic products are exported. These organic products are essentially dates, vegetables, olive oils, vines and others. Tunisia exports more than 60 organic products to 5 continents. The note specifies that these exports of organic products had reached more than 35 thousand tons at the end…

Tunisia ranked 123rd in Index of Economic Freedom 2017

Tunisia has been ranked 123rd among the 180 countries listed in the Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom 2017. With a score of 55.7 points out of 100 in 2017, Tunisia maintains its status of country “moderately not free” in the index. It came ninth in the Arab world behind UAE (76.9 points), Qatar (73.1), Bahrain (68.5), Jordan (66.7), Kuwait (65.1), Saudi Arabia (64.4), Oman (62.1) and Morocco (61.5). Based on a set of ten indicators grouped into four categories, Tunisia’s index of economic freedom is based on the rule…

Tunisia: Tunisair launches “Early Purchase” offer for expats

National flag carrier “TUNISAIR” will launch from February 23, 2017 until March 31, 2017, an “Early Purchase” tariff offer for Tunisian nationals living abroad. Tunisair said in a press release on Wednesday that this special tariff offer will grant a 30% discount on the “Worker Tariffs”, the lowest-priced before taxes on the list of on the tariff grid, departing from the following main markets: France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The journey can take place from June 1 to August 31, 2017 (last departure)…

Tunisia: State to provide 11,000 ha of arable lands to young farmers

 In a circular signed by Samir Taieb and Mabrouk Korchid, respectively Tunisian minister of agriculture and State secretary in charge of public domains and land affairs, it was revealed that 11,000 ha of lands will be given to small farmers in Tunisia’s remote areas. Commenting on the initiative on the sidelines of the Social economy and Solidarity Days, last Feb.20, Taieb said the areas concerned “will be given to young graduates from agriculture schools and small farmers”. However, to benefit from the programme, applicants “must, for example, not already own…