fDi Markets Newswire:

Food & Tobacco and Beverages FDI shoots up in 2017

Foreign direct investment in the food & tobacco and beverages reached its highest level since 2003, fDi Markets figures show.

from the ground

Nigeria’s agricultural resurgence

Fearing long-term dependence on the price of crude oil, a new wave of entrepreneurs is helping Nigeria’s small farmers reclaim their place as the engine room of the country’s economy. Ima Jackson-Obot reports.

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Saint Vincent agriculture minister looks to natural growth

Saboto Caesar, the minister of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural transformation for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, tells Courtney Fingar how the country is turning its abundant natural resources into a national growth strategy.

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Nestlé opens up to millennials in Rosslyn HQ

Having relocated to Rosslyn, Virginia, Nestlé’s new US headquarters have been carefully designed to attract and retain young talent, with open-plan spaces to encourage collaborative working and creative thinking. Erika Morphy reports.

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Malawi awaits early investors

Having suffered both natural disasters and political corruption in recent years, Malawi is fighting back. It has improved its ease of doing business – boasting Commonwealth links and an English-speaking workforce – and offers investors willing to take the plunge plenty of potential. Sebastian Shehadi reports.

Russia leads commodity economies for diversification

fDi’s Diversification Index analysed commodity economies to assess export levels and the diversity of inward greenfield investment. Russia tops the rankings, followed by Belgium and Malaysia.

North Africa retains its fizz for Coca-Cola

North Africa retains its fizz for Coca-Cola

Egypt is not a market for the faint-hearted, but to Coca-Cola it was worth investing $500m to tap into a market of 90 million consumers. And with north African governments becoming more business friendly, the US drinks giant's president of the Middle East and north Africa, Curtis Ferguson, is seeing steady growth for his brand in the region.

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Candel eyes Lekki advantage

Nigerian agrochemical business Candel is intending to use the Lekki Free Zone as a way to move beyond West Africa and become a player on the world stage.

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A Polish connection: all roads lead to Opole

The small Polish city of Opole has landed some large investors, particularly in the food processing sector. Michal Kaczmarski looks at how it uses its excellent road connections to punch above its weight.

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Ukraine agriculture minister looks to sow the seeds of economic growth

Oleksiy Pavlenko, Ukraine's minister of agriculture, is bringing about reform to the sector through a bout of privatisations and a simplification of the licence system. The private sector is responding to this positively, as Karen E Thuermer found out when she caught up with Mr Pavlenko at the US-Ukraine Investment Forum in July.

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