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  • TAL Apparel Produces First Dress Shirt in Ethiopia

    Published on March 23, 2017

    Global garment manufacturing company TAL Apparel operates 11 factories across Asia, producing quality apparel for some of the world’s top brands and retailers. They have now come to East Africa. Last week, they produced their first dress shirt in Ethiopia’s new Hawassa Industrial Park.

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    Burundi Takes a Step Towards Ratification of the EAC SPS Protocol

    Published on March 22, 2017


    Burundi Members of Parliament agreed to push for ratification of the East African Community (EAC) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Protocol following a Hub-supported awareness workshop. Burundi and Tanzania are the only remaining EAC countries that have yet to ratify the Protocol. Ratification of the EAC SPS Protocol by all the EAC partner states will pave the way for domestication of the Protocol, including the drafting of harmonized regulations based on the EAC SPS Bill covering plant health, animal health and food safety. Harmonized SPS regulations among the EAC Partner States will contribute to greater intra-EAC and international trade.

    The Hub conducted the SPS Protocol awareness-raising workshop in collaboration with the Burundi Bureau of Standards and Quality Control. High-ranking government officials, including two Cabinet Ministers, four members of Parliament (including the President of the Committee on agriculture and livestock) and Senate, representatives of competent authorities responsible for plant health, animal health and food safety, private sector and the academia attended. Workshop facilitators outlined what participants have to gain by ratifying the SPS Protocol, including:

    • Better food safety measures
    • Improved plant protection and animal health.
    • Enhanced risk mitigation arising from pest, pests, diseases and food safety concerns e.g. aflatoxins
    • Improved competitiveness of the produce originating from the EAC region to external markets, such as the European Union
    • Stronger coordination of institutional frameworks for enforcing of SPS measures within the EAC region.
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    New on our Knowledge Center: Agricultural Leasing Market Scoping Study for Sub-Saharan Africa

    Published on March 22, 2017

    Capture.PNGAgricultural Leasing Market Scoping Study for Sub-Saharan Africa is a publication of FSD Africa. It showcases leasing as a form of finance that is very relevant for agriculture but is rarely available to the agricultural sector.

    The study helps to identify constraints within the core market (supply and demand), the market functions that support the sector and the policy and regulatory systems that govern the sector.

    The market scoping is a starting block for development partners who may be interested in promoting growth within the agricultural leasing sector.

     Visit the Knowledge Center for this study and more.

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    Forty-Six Postharvest Technology Innovators from East Africa to Compete for USD 30,000 in Seed Capital

    Published on March 22, 2017

    Panelists for the East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 have selected 46 innovators, from over 200 applicants, to undergo accelerator training on how to package and pitch their technologies to investors. The training will help the innovators expand their opportunities for scaling up and disseminating their technologies to a wider market. The training will take place in Tanzania on April 4-6, 2017.

    Applicants are competing for the best technological solutions to address post-harvest losses. They hail from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

    The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) is conducting the inaugural East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 through a grant from the Hub. The objective is to spur the development of innovative technologies that reduce food loss and waste in Africa.

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