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  • USAID Hub supports safe, efficient EAC trade through sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity building

    Published on February 13, 2018


    The USAID Hub, in partnership with the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), held a five-day workshop on plant health, animal health and food safety in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop promoted the application of sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) inspections, supporting 35 senior staff from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda with fulfilling their role in ensuring safe intra-regional and international trade. It also created a loose network of SPS inspectors who can assist one another with inquiries on SPS requirements and best practices moving forward.

    The primary objective of the East African Community (EAC) SPS Protocol is to operationalize aspects of the EAC Protocol dealing with cooperation among Partner States in trade of agricultural commodities. The ratification and full implementation of the EAC SPS Protocol will enable harmonization of food health standards and enhance safe trade of agricultural commodities in the EAC. Harmonizing standards will also enhance the EAC's capacity to access international markets by having the region adhere to a common set of rules that enable them to pool produce from multiple Partner States to meet external demand.

    The Hub is supporting CABI to conduct risk assessment training workshops covering plant health, animal health and food safety at the EAC partner-state level in an effort to implement the EAC SPS Protocol, an initiative that will facilitate safe intra-regional and international trade

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    USAID Hub partners with EAGC to boost food security in East Africa

    Published on February 13, 2018

    The USAID Hub partnered with Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) to facilitate 201,688 metric tons (MT) of grain and staples contracts worth US$ 61,527,121 at a Ugandan-based regional trade forum on February 8. This was the fourth largest business-to-business (B2B) forum that the USAID Hub has hosted to connect the private sector across East Africa and to ensure grain is moving from surplus countries to deficit countries which in turn leads to sustainable trade and food security. With the Uganda forum, the USAID Hub has cumulatively facilitated over 1.26 million MT in regional trade of grains and pulses. Once contract delivery is complete, grain traded through the USAID Hub's B2B forums will have contributed to the food security of 14.9 million East Africans.

    The USAID Hub partner EAGC was integral to the success of the forum. EAGC connected numerous local Ugandan sellers who signed contracts with regional buyers for their surplus grains with Maize being the main commodity traded comprising of 157,282 MT valued at US$ 35,533,346. Other organizations that participated included Farm Africa who sponsored 10 participants to the regional trade forum. The participants signed commitments to sell 4,600 MT of maize, green grams and beans with an estimated value of USD 2,820,000.

    In November last year, the Hub’s partnership with EAGC, the USAID Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth (PSDAG) program and the East Africa Exchange facilitated 175,616 metric tons of grain contracts at a Rwandan-based regional trade forum.

    The USAID Hub supports intra-regional trade in staple foods in the East African region in line with the U.S. Government's Global Food Security Strategy. The efficient movement of staple foods from surplus producing to deficit regions is one way to improve regional food balance and support the region's ability to achieve food security.  

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    Ambiente Trade Show Day 2 – U.S. buyers seek product samples

    Published on February 10, 2018

    IMG_1592.JPGBed, Bath and Beyond wants nine different product samples and World Market wants ten. Interest from these big U.S. buyers is one of the reasons that the USAID Hub supported Ivahona, a company based on the island nation of Madagascar, to attend Ambiente, the largest sourcing platform for consumer goods outside of Asia.

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    Ambiente Trade Show Day 1 – CRACODE draws visitors with its newest line of scarves and blankets

    Published on February 09, 2018

    CRACODE_Ambiente.jpgThe Ambiente trade show grounds are the size of a small village. Two of Frankfurt’s subway stops are devoted to the shuttling of buyers, sellers and visitors to and from the exposition halls. Approximately 140,000 visitors will discover new product and sourcing opportunities by the end of the four-day show. The USAID Hub is working to ensure that some of that discovered new product comes from East Africa.

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