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  • Final Call: EAC Post-Harvest Technology Challenge Competition Deadline Extended

    Published on February 22, 2017

    EAPTC_1.JPGGreat news! The deadline for the East Africa Community(EAC) post-harvest technology challenge competition has been extended to February 28, 2017. 

    The competition, which targets ready-to-scale technologies for expansion and distribution throughout the region, already has nearly 200 entries from the five EAC Partner States. More innovators with fantastic ideas for solar-based technology; fruits, vegetables and grain preservation; and ICT-based post-harvest technology are encouraged to apply.

    The competition is made possible through a Hub grant to the Inter Regional Economic Network (IREN) The partnership contributes to the Hub’s work to promote agriculture innovations that have the potential for scale. The competition also contributes to the Hub’s support of youth and women, as the competition is expected to attract applicants from these two groups.  Further, the competition focuses on the Hub’s priority staple value chains (i.e. maize and other grains, beans and legumes, fruits and vegetables, animal and animal products) of which women make up the majority of market participants.

    The objective of the competition is to provide a platform where both suppliers and users of post-harvest innovations can interact, thus facilitating broader adoption of improved post-harvest technologies in the region.

    To enter the competition : APPLY HERE

      

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    East African Home Décor and Fashion Accessories Meet with Potential Buyers at Ambiente

    Published on February 22, 2017

    From February 10-14, the Hub supported five East African home décor and fashion accessories producers to exhibit at Ambiente, a leading international trade fair for consumer goods. The home décor and fashion accessories companies had the opportunity to meet with U.S buyers and network with producers.

    “Ambiente Trade Fair was a great platform for us to exhibit our products and also meet with other exhibitors with different products from all over the world, it was such an eye opener for me because i got to learn a lot and exchange ideas, it was also a pleasure and honor to have met many buyers who had great interest in our products,” said Sanabora Design House Limited Production Manager Ms. Anne Moraa

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    Hub and American Apparel & Footwear Association unite with East Africa to ensure best-in-class business practices lead to win-win for trading partners

    Published on February 22, 2017

    On February 21, the Hub entered into a partnership agreement with the American Apparel & Footwear Association to ensure U.S. brands and retailers’ goods are manufactured in accordance with best-in-class business practices and operations in East Africa. The Hub and American Apparel & Footwear Association signed the agreement outside the African Pavilion at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    All-Star Baristas Dazzle AFCA Participants and Inspire Industry Growth

    Published on February 16, 2017

    Lem_showing_small.jpegTwelve twenty-something aspiring Ethiopian baristas crowd around a small coffee station toward the back of the African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) Conference exhibition hall. A tall American man with dreadlocks is confidently grinding and pressing coffee beans to pull the perfect espresso shot. A Kenyan coffee seller gushes that he is her favorite “all-star” barista. She has seen him perform at another world coffee event.

    The all-star baristas are expert coffee-drink makers from the U.S. who have won accolades for their craft. In the specialty coffee industry, they are celebrities. The Hub supported three all-star baristas to make the journey to the AFCA Conference in Ethiopia. The goal: train, inspire, and build the connections between coffee buyers and sellers that drive industry growth.

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