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 October 04, 2017
In the midst of the ongoing political noise we often miss bits of critical news which is often loaded with huge developmental potential. Like last week when a foreign investor, African Plantation Capital (APC), announced that they are setting up large-scale bamboo plantations in Kenya targeting various commercial applications. This is agro-forestry which can be mainstreamed into a significant economic sub-sector.
Bamboos have multiple potential economic uses while increasing forest cover for better hydrology and an enhanced carbon sink. Bamboos can do well in marginal areas thus minimising conflicts with national food production priorities, and they are self-reproducing after harvesting. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Published on September 20, 2017
Kenyan farmers are now able to protect their grain harvests from weevil attacks at a low cost thanks to Donatus Njoroge’s bio-pesticide innovation, the Molepse bio-resource. Donatus, who took second place in the Hub-sponsored East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 (EAPTC2017), produced the innovative bio-pesticide, which has repellent and toxic capabilities to kills pests that come into contact with it in less than 5 minutes. It is produced from four different plant materials.
Donatus first produced the pesticide technology in 2015. He has since tested it with over one hundred farmers and the results have been impressive. It has enabled them reduce pest infestation and take control of health issues associated with synthetic pesticides. The harvesting, drying and extraction of the oils takes approximately one week; effectiveness of the applied oils starts immediately.
Another innovator flying the Kenyan flag high is Samuel Rigua. Samuel, a finalist in the Hub-supported Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition 2017 (YIAC2017), has developed a carbon-neutral fertilizer and soil conditioner using locally available rice husks. His technology, Safi Sarvi®, increases crop yields by 30% and annually removes at least 5.4 t of CO2 equivalent from the atmosphere for every hectare of land it is applied to. The fertilizer also lowers soil acidity and aids retention of soil nutrients and moisture, reducing irrigation by 15%.
Published on September 19, 2017
African continent is set to fast track continental free trade area early next year to create single market for goods and services.
Head, of Trade Division in the African Union Commission Mr Nadir Merah said in Dar es Salaam yesterday at the threeday-workshop that the initiative focuses at improving Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy.
“We need to fast track free trade areas as soon as possible. Towards end of January next year, we will present to the heads of the states the final paper on the initiative,” he said adding that the workshop seeks to discuss ways to improve communications and information systems on business and finance. Read more. Source | Daily News
Published on September 14, 2017
East African countries are among the beneficiaries of a new multibillion agricultural funding programme aimed at increasing incomes and improving the food security of 30 million households in 11 African countries by 2021.
Ethiopia, Kenya Tanzania and Rwanda are among the priority countries set to benefit from the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (Piata), which will provide up to $280 million for agricultural transformation. Read more. Source | East African
Published on September 06, 2017
As East Africa strives to increase intra-regional trade, the East Africa Business Council (EABC) has said it will put emphasis on agribusiness development during its two day forum in Dar es Salaam Tanzania this month.The council’s chief executive, Lilian Awinja said Agro-processing, including food, beverages and tobacco, together with apparel and leather sectors contribute almost 40 % of the region’s manufactured exports, and should therefore be give attention.She said the region needs to boost the agriculture values chain and the transformation of agro raw materials into sustainable and highly marketable commodities which are competitive at regional and international markets. Read more. Source | New Vision
Published on August 22, 2017
Elementary economics and entrepreneurship validates land as one of the key factors of production.Commonly defined as the part of the earth that is not covered by water, land goes beyond being a primary factor of production as it is also a precursor to human existence and an enabler of economic growth, thereby improving living standards.
As such, there will be no terrestrial life without land because human beings generate their livelihoods from the flora and fauna that emanate from the land surface.Besides, land provides habitation where space is key to development of different niches from simple housing caves to complex manufacturing units. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Published on August 21, 2017
Uganda has outlined strategies geared at enabling the country tap into the growing the regional food market. According to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, food crops where Uganda has a comparative advantage over others and can be marketed in the East African Community (EAC) will be prioritised.
Okasaai Opolot, the director crop resources at the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, the move will help position Uganda as a regional food basket. Food crops, including maize, rice, beans, bananas, and cassava, which are mainly consumed in the region, have so far been identified under this strategy.
“We are looking at staple foods because Uganda is privileged to be having two rainy seasons that favour the production of the selected crops which makes it a regional food basket,” Opolot said. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on August 21, 2017
A new report has called for increased efforts to boost industrial development in the region, particularly through design and implementation of well-ground strategies and action plans, in order to achieve industrialisation objectives at both regional and East Africa Community (EAC) partner state level.
Exploiting opportunities offered a the dynamic EAC market, and diversifying and upgrading through realistic, well-defined and comprehensive strategies are some of the relevant and concrete policy recommendations listed in a new regional industrial competitiveness report.
Others are: strengthening of forward and backward linkages to boost industrial and overall economic growth, and supporting development of key industrial drivers to boost production and exports. Read more. Source | New Times