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Our work in agriculture and agribusiness includes:

  • Staple grains, with a focus on maize
  • Beans and other pulses
  • Livestock (focus on harmonized regional standards and rules for livestock health)
  • Horticultural crops traded within the region

These sectors are priorities under the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative. They have the potential to impact economic growth, poverty, and hunger. They cover the commodities that are widely produced by smallholders and for which demand is greatest. These sectors are also priorities of the Regional Economic Communities and other African regional institutions, especially East African Community and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. 

 

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Floriculture land to reach 2,000 ha by 2018 as horticulture exports rise to $10m

Published on July 25, 2017
Rwanda has set its eyes on the prize of flower production with customary changes and enhancement already taking place to scale the industry higher on another above par atmosphere, as it were. In relation to this, the East African state’s flower sector has already made a great deal of signing, partnering with its neighbouring Kenyan investor, Florammat Limited, and Terimberemukoto Farming Cooperative. The dual ship accord will ensure that the flower industry has its necessities taken care of in a bid to expand its territorial regional influence as well as stir up growth in the industry. Read more. Source | The Exchange 
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Drive to improve farmer participation in agric programmes

Published on July 24, 2017
Transparency International Rwanda and its partners has initiated a project aimed at increasing participation of farmers in planning, implementation and monitoring of agriculture projects using district performance contracts (Imihigo). Launched in Kigali, on Friday, the project will be implemented in Kayonza District in the Eastern Province and Nyanza in the Southern and is expected to directly benefit 1300 members of farmers’ associations as well as thousands of farmers in the two districts. Read more. Source | New Times
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New initiative to fund smallholder farmers launched

Published on July 24, 2017
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP) are going to launch smallholder farmer financing programmes with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve food security among vulnerable people in Rwanda and Tanzania. The initiatives with KCB Bank Rwanda and CRDB Bank in Tanzania are part of the Farm to Market Alliance, a multi-stakeholder platform established in 2016, of which IFC and WFP are global members, to create agriculture value chains that secure sizeable local and international demand for produce from smallholder farmers, according to a statement from the two organisations. Read more. Source | New Times
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Duty-free window for maize extended

Published on July 24, 2017
The Treasury has extended duty waiver on imported yellow and white maize in a move aimed at increasing supply of the staple. The extension, contained in a special issue of the gazette notice signed by Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich, will see millers enjoy the duty waiver on white maize for three more months. Yellow maize window will be open for one year. The waiver on white maize was supposed to end on July 31 but it has now been extended to September 30. The exemption on yellow maize was supposed to expire on August 31 but this has been pushed to June 30, 2018. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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Pulses take center stage at EAGC Meru trade fair

Published on July 20, 2017
More than 1200 farmers and 24 exhibitors from banks, seed companies, machinery and equipment companies, agro dealers, and technology companies attended the Hub-supported Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) Annual Pulses Trade Fair in Meru, Kenya. The trade fair promoted the pulses industry and provided attendees with a range of information on varieties and types of pulses. It also outlined quality standards and provided a market outlook for pulses. The fair included a business-to-business (B2B) platform that attracted 58 participants - 45 farmers and 13 traders. The platform facilitated the exchange of contracts for 990 MT of grain (sorghum, maize, beans, green grams, millet, soya beans, pigeon peas and chick peas) valued at $53,425 and 3,051 MT of non-grain food commodities i.e. (cassava, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, avocadoes and mangoes).
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New irrigation plans to boost agriculture

Published on July 19, 2017
Tanzania is set to increase irrigation network towards sustainable industrial agriculture economy, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, Mr Gerson Lwenge, has said. He said at the just ended Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) that irrigated land will be increased to one million hectares in two years from only 460,000 currently out of 29 million hectares suitable for irrigation. “Irrigation can speed up agriculture productivity because there is a possibility of cultivating twice a year contrary to reliance on rain-fed farming where farmers harvest once a year,” he said. Read more. Source | Daily News
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Kanimba calls on Africa to renew efforts to protect its agric sector

Published on July 19, 2017
It is high time African countries embarked on special safeguard measures (SSMs) to protect the continent’s agriculture sector, François Kanimba, the Minister for Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs, said Monday. Put in place by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that regulates international trade, the SSM is a protection measure allowed for developing countries to take contingency restrictions against agricultural imports that hurt domestic farmers. Kanimba made the call at the opening of a week-long regional advanced trade negotiation simulation skills course for 32 English speaking African countries, in Kigali, at which participants discuss the impact of mega-regional deals on WTO processes. Read more. Source | New Times
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Cross-border women traders call for friendly operating environment

Published on July 19, 2017
Cross-border women traders have called on the government to support them and also improve the trading environment. The women traders operating between Rusizi-Bukavu and Rubavu-Goma border posts say corruption, sexual harassment and inadequate operating capital are affecting businesses. Janet Mukamunana, a member of Icyerekezo Cyiza Cooperative that sells tomatoes and onions, said these challenges have affected business growth and their earnings. As a result, we cannot compete with traders from the DR Congo who deal in similar products, she said during a recent tour of the cooperative by the Rusizi District leaders. According to their cooperatives, small-and-medium enterprise (SME) owners doing cross-border trade also face sexual harassment and lack facilities like early childhood development centres to support them while doing their businesses. Corruption and harassment are reportedly experienced while in the DRC. Read more. Source | New Times
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