The Hub works to substantially increase intra-regional and global trade of agricultural commodities directly contributing to economic growth and consequently to the attainment of Feed the Future outcomes. As part of the latter, the Hub’s activities under the Agriculture and Agribusiness component will contribute to increasing the access, availability and utilization of African-grown staple foods in regionally integrated markets.
The Hub works across all East African Community (EAC) countries with the overall goal of doubling intra-regional trade in staple foods by the end of the project. To date, the Hub has supported an increase of 36 percent in value ($176 million) and 25 percent in volume (491 million kg.) of staple foods traded within the EAC and facilitated transactions worth more than $20.3 million.
At the policy level, the Hub has supported the EAC Partner States to expedite the ratification of the EAC sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) Protocol, which Kenya ratified in June 2016. The Hub also supported the EAC Partner States to draft the revision of East African Standards of Staple Foods and the SPS bill, both expected to be enacted in 2017.The latter included developing the capacity of specialists from the national seed authorities to apply COMESA regulations and thereby ease seed trade, as well as work with informal cross-border traders to identify interventions to address key constraints to small-scale grain trade.
In the area of technology and innovation, the Hub contributed to the introduction of six productivity-enhancing technologies in the agribusiness and dairy industries in Kenya and Ethiopia to enhance competiveness in selected value chains.
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Published on May 15, 2018
A recent study by Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) has outlined opportunities for improving agricultural value chains with an aim to connect farming to other areas of economic activity.
The study also highlighted how transforming agriculture can become a stimulus for economic development across the continent. The report, which is the second of its kind from the centre, was launched at a high-level event at the the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) annual Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on March 07, 2018
Agricultural Mechanization Day had been marked for the first time in Ethiopia,recently. Although there are limitations in the country’s Agricultural Mechanization, one and all have the same opinion on the subject of its significance.
As per Hailu Alemayehu, Executive at the Ethiopian Agricultural Works Corporation, Agricultural mechanization services sector head, mechanization plays paramount roles for the country whose economy depends on agriculture. What is more, transformation from agriculture-driven to industry-driven one l is possible through mechanization. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
Published on February 28, 2018
Increased American and global investments are key to unlocking Africa’s agricultural sector, African Development Bank (AFDB) has said.
AFBD president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said that the US government should be at the forefront of efforts to encouraging fertilizer and seed companies, manufacturers of tractors and equipment, irrigation and ICT farm analytics to ramp up their investments in Africa. Read more. Source | The Exchange
Published on February 26, 2018
Efforts to improve access to quality seeds in the region have got a big boost following the introduction of seed certification by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member countries.
According to a statement from the COMESA secretariat, regional seed distribution certificates will be issued by national seed authorities on verification by COMESA experts.
Only seeds registered on the COMESA variety catalogue after inspection and laboratory testing by COMESA experts will be issued certificates. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on February 22, 2018
The manufacturing pillar must revolve around minimising post-harvest losses and utilising local resources through value addition at county level. Everything has a value if people are willing to find a way to make it useful through value addition.
But although value addition has become a buzzword in this part of the world, few realise that local farmers can play a major role towards the development of the manufacturing industry by simple value addition exercise on the locally available produce and resources around them or further upgrading of their cottage industries. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Published on February 14, 2018
Agricultural sector stakeholders converge in Dodoma tomorrow for a meeting that will deliberate on ways to improve its contribution to the economy.The meeting - which is the 4th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) - will begin tomorrow and run through Friday.
It will evaluate the outcomes of last year’s discussions on the subject and propose a new policy for implementation. Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Prof David Nyange from the Michigan State University said agriculture has what it takes to drive the country’s economy to industrialization. Read more. Source | The Citizen
Published on February 14, 2018
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“This conference also provides a huge opportunity to introduce British and Dutch investors and buyers of horticultural produce to Rwandan producers and exporters,” said Gerardine Mukeshimana, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, in a statement. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on February 01, 2018
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The Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) on Monday partnered with RentCo East Africa, an asset leasing firm, and Centerprise Africa, an advisory company, to offer EAGC members the services at preferential rates. Read more. Source | East African