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 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
Stakeholders from the region's grain sector are set to benefit from a deal that will enable them lease post-harvest equipment and access financial advisory services.
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Published on January 31, 2018
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Published on January 29, 2018
Local horticulture exporter, Nature Fresh Foods export has received the global certification for meeting agricultural best practices and standards.
With GLOBALG.A.P certification, the firm will now find it easier to export its produce across the world without any limitations. The GLOBALG.A.P stamp of standards is global acknowledgement that Nature Fresh Foods meets Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), which gives the exporter an easy entry into new market and increases competitiveness. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on January 23, 2018
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Published on January 23, 2018
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Published on January 22, 2018
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