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  • New on our Knowledge Center: Discover East Africa the New Hub for Footwear Sourcing

    Published on November 23, 2017

    Footwear_catalogue.JPGDiscover East Africa the New Hub for Footwear Sourcing. This catalogue focuses on footwear, particularly sourcing opportunities in Kenya and Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a significant shoe producer and the top African exporter of shoes to the U.S. under AGOA. Kenya and other countries in the region are also revitalizing their leather and footwear industries to take advantage of export opportunities to the U.S., EU, and the region.

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    The Hub conducts Kenya National AGOA Strategy review workshops

    Published on November 23, 2017

    From November 22-23, the Hub collaborated with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives to conduct stakeholder workshops on home décor and fashion accessories, textile and apparel, and coffee. Participants discussed the supply constraints that can hinder exports and developed sector action plans to mitigate those constraints. They also refined the Hub-supported end-market analysis draft reports designed to help Kenyan businesses take advantage of U.S. market opportunities through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). 

    In order to change the “handicraft” narrative of the past, we as a country and producers are responsible in telling the “made in Kenya” brand story behind the “artisanal” process of our products,” said Anthony Mulli from Katchy Kollections.

    The Hub and Ministry of Trade will incorporate feedback from the workshops into the final Kenya National AGOA Strategy.

    "Full implementation of the AGOA Strategy for the apparel market can absorb a lot of the workforce and create jobs across the board," said Wagura Kamwana, The Textile Loft

    The AGOA Strategy will create a focused approach on how to enhance exports to the U.S, bridging the gap that has been identified in the past 17 years,” Abel Kamau, Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

    The Hub is committed to supporting increased exports from Kenya to the U.S. under AGOA. As part of this support, and following a request from the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, the Hub has completed supply-side and end-market analyses that will help Kenya position its products in the U.S. market.

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    The Hub and EAC Secretariat hold validation meetings in support of regional food security

    Published on November 23, 2017

    From October 30 to mid-November 2017, the Hub supported the EAC Secretariat to conduct national validation meetings in all five East African Community (EAC) Partner States on the draft EAC Food Security Action Plan (FSAP) and the draft Food and Nutrition Security Strategy (FNSS). The meetings were crucial for collecting stakeholder feedback to guide the revision of the draft reports in readiness for endorsement at a regional experts’ meeting to be convened by EAC Secretariat at a later date.

    Among key stakeholders who participated in the national validation meetings were government officials, members of the private sector, agencies responsible for agriculture and livestock, representatives from the World Food Program and projects with a food and nutrition security scope.

    Both the FSAP and the FNSS are key EAC instruments on food security. FNSS highlights activities and critical targets for the next 5 years, providing guidance on coordination and implementation of individual and joint programs and projects that promote food and nutrition security in the EAC region. The FSAP sets out priority areas for intervention and guides programming in the food security sector.

    The draft EAC instruments are aligned with the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy 2017, which has the following objectives: inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led economic growth; strengthened resilience among people and systems; and a well-nourished population.

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    Hub supports efficient regional cross-border trade through completed training program

    Published on November 22, 2017

    Traders.JPGThe Hub recently concluded a seven-month training program, with partner Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK), to build the capacity of rural cross-border traders, with an emphasis on women and youth. A total of 232 cross-border traders (73% of whom were women) participated in the program to improve their capacity in enterprise management, structured trade, East African Community grades and standards, cross-border trade regulations, market information and access to finance. Improving the capacity of these traders and helping them to embrace formal trade mechanisms reduces the transaction costs of staple foods trade in the region and supports more effective agricultural markets. The Hub’s support to cross-border trade efficiency contributes to economic growth and the attainment of the U.S. government's Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, Feed the Future, objectives.

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