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. 


Related Blogs and Resources

Improving data reporting for food security through enhanced trade

Published on October 06, 2016
One of the key constraints to regional trade in agricultural commodities and policy development is a lack of reliable data on food production, consumption and trade flows. In the absence of valid data, policy makers are often at a loss on how to develop sound policy interventions to support food security through trade. The private sector is also disadvantaged by not having an accurate indication of supply and demand data. To solve this, the Hub has embarked on an effort to bring together relevant East African Community (EAC) Partner State ministries to harmonize, and publish on a regular basis, production estimates of key staple foods - maize, dry beans, rice and sorghum - for the 2016/2017 season. The Hub held the first of these meetings this week at its Nairobi headquarters with participation from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
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Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016

Published on May 06, 2016
Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016 is published by the World Bank and highlights detailed topics developed to measures regulations that impact firms in the agribusiness value chain, providing data and analysis that allow policy makers to compare their country’s laws and regulations with those of others.  
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Tea, sugarcane growers set to get fertiliser

Published on May 06, 2016
Sugarcane and tea farmers in Kenya are set to start benefiting from the government’s fertiliser subsidy programme to lower cost of production. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Willy Bett said  We have decided that we will also cover for these two major crops to assist all farmers to lower production and improve food security.The budget process is ongoing, I will not give exact figure of the amount budgeted for. The government imported 130,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser this year, a figure that is expected to go up with inclusion of the two major cash crops. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
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US investors in plans to help boost Uganda’s agriculture

Published on April 20, 2016
The American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda- (AmCham Uganda) has unveiled plans for an Agricultural Centre of Excellence which will be used to transform Uganda’s agricultural sector through teaching, use of modern agriculture tools and inspiring youths. Speaking in an interview in Kampala on Wednesday morning, AmCham Uganda President Abhay Agarwal said the Green farm will lie on over 30 acres of land around Kampala. Read more. Source: Orange Star Africa.
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East Africa #YouthInAg - opportunities and challenges

Published on March 17, 2016
"The  formal  sectors  of  employment, where most graduates seek employment, cannot absorb the large number of graduates, estimated to  be  between 10 to 12 million young persons per year, resulting in a large number of educated yet unemployed youth" - AfDB report. Agriculture and agribusiness present viable opportunities for youth to create jobs and wealth for themselves, yet the sector also presents challenges. The Hub sat down with a few of the participants at the Hub-supported Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition to discuss.
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Video: Field Report - Women in agriculture, East Africa

Published on February 16, 2016
The Hub recently had a conversation with Dr. Agnes Apea, founder and CEO of Hope Development Initiative, which works with 10,000 women farmers in Uganda, and Dr. Victoria Kisyombe, founder and CEO of SERO Leasing and Finance (SELFINA) in Tanzania, to learn more about what they are doing to ensure women gain more value from their hard work in agriculture.
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East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Gender Strategy

Published on December 09, 2015
East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Gender Strategy. The East African Community (EAC) was created to promote cooperation between member states in order to drive regional economic competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.Women are present in the region’s trade and export space but there is still a gendered structure to the economy. Men dominate most high-growth sectors and women are missing from the higher end of value chains. Where women are present in high numbers it is often as laborers or unskilled workers and not in management or ownership positions. Where women-led firms are present, they often have difficulty growing beyond the SME level, hindering their ability to succeed in export markets and act as catalysts for drawing investment to the region. Lower access to resources in comparison to their male peers impacts women at all levels and sectors. Constraints around access to information, finances, and inputs are compounded with lower capacity and higher time demands associated with social expectations that women carry the majority of home care responsibilities.  
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EAGC gears up for the 6th African Grain Trade Summit

Published on September 08, 2015
Grain value chain actors from  Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), Africa and the world at large, are set to convene in Kigali, Rwanda from October 1st to 3rd for the 6th biennial African Grain Trade Summit. Participants will include: grain millers, traders, transporters, clearing and forwarding agencies, bankers, insurance companies, farmers, food processors and international development organizations.
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