Figuring it out: Africa supply chain week in numbers


The number of fruit and vegetables traders / hawkers that have disappeared in South Africa the last three month due to the drought, according to the Department of Agriculture in South Africa. The traders still in business only buy 50% of last year’s quantity.

R1.2 billion

Nestlé launched its R1.2 billion ($83 million) coffee production  investment in Estcourt (Kwa-Zulu Natal) South Africa. Nestle is experiencing rising demand for its coffee products in Southern Africa.


18% of Greek-controlled ships are registered under the Liberian flag, compared to 20% in Greece. Liberia has strengthened its position as the leading open registry of choice for Greek shipowners, This according to the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (GSCC).

208 people

The death toll from a cattle-raid carried out by attackers from South Sudan in Gambela (Western Ethiopia). The Ethiopian government also reported  that the attackers abducted 102 children and stole over 2,000 livestock.


A new CIPS survey found that 40% of procurement respondents had never received any soft skills training and a further 34% only received limited soft skills training.