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 quality to enhance agricultural export

Published on June 22, 2017
The amount of agricultural export commodity revenue obtained at the international market is though varied item to item, meeting the international quality standard has remained the major hindrance not to break into and navigate the global markets, the Ministry of Trade said. Presenting his Ministry’s 11-month performance report to the House of Peoples’ Representatives recently, Trade Minister Dr. Bekele Muladu said though vigorous efforts have been exerted to increase volume of agricultural exports and diversify commodities, desirable result has not yet gained. According to the Minister, among the other challenges, shortcoming in meeting international quality standard has posed a major setback in efforts made to enhance the performance of agricultural exports. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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AfDB, export trading group ink $100 million to support agriculture

Published on June 20, 2017
he African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and Export Trading Group (ETG) have   signed a financial agreement worth $ 100 million loan to finance support agriculture on the African continent. The money is expected promote employment for youths and women, and adopt an integrated value-chain approach that emphasizes access to regional and global markets. Africa faces a significant food security challenge and continues to depend on food imports to meet ever-growing demand. The continent spent over $ 35 billion to import food in 2015 and net food imports are projected to increase to more than $ 110 billion by 2025. Read more. Source | New Times
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East African Innovators: Postharvest Technology Innovators Directory

Published on June 14, 2017
In May 2017, the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) and the Hub conducted the inaugural East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017. The competition yielded some fantastic technologies in the areas of drying, storage, ICT, and logistics. Now you can find out more about the technologies and directly contact the innovators through our Postharvest Technology Innovators Directory. The competition was a six-month-long process that attracted 249 entries from across East Africa. The top 46 entries competed in Arusha, Tanzania in early April, from which the top 25 finalists were selected. Grace Akumu’s innovation, a Bench-Type Manual Maize Sheller, emerged as the best postharvest technology with Donatus Njoroge’s Ocimum Species Stored Grains Protector taking second place while John Kirigiti’s Solar Drier took third place. East Africans shows great potential in terms of producing ready-to-scale technologies that help increase food security in the region. The Postharvest Technology Innovators Directory lists the top 25 innovators around East Africa whose technologies are already having an impact in the region. Access the directory here.
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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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