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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.