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 August 14, 2017
Ethiopia’s economy is in the realms of a dominant agriculture sector, which displays the diversification of commodities to export for increased revenue but still striving for competitive quality.
Ethiopian agriculture remains an important source of economic growth that not only contributes 39 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but also employs 73 percent of the population.
It is also extending its leading role in export performance by contributing over 75 percent of the 2.91 billion USD that the country has secured in the 2016/17 fiscal year. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
Published on August 08, 2017
Ethiopia is looking to promote its horticulture products in China and different other markets to increase export volumes and revenue, the Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) has said. The association said various endeavours are already going on to help achieve this goal.
Tewodros Zewdie, the EHPEA executive director, told Xinhua on Wednesday that the country’s export performance of the flower sector in the last few years has shown remarkable progress, but the fruits and vegetables sector is not growing that much compared to its potential.
Tewodros added that the association is working with the public and private stakeholders to address the challenges related to logistics issues, among others. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on August 03, 2017
Five years ago, a season like this, John Losunyen was queuing for relief food somewhere in Isiolo county , in the central part of northeastern Kenya.
Luckily, today, that is not the case as he is currently tending to his tomatoes on a two and a half acre farm where he also rears poultry and keeps cows.
With training and the use of mobile phone technology to access markets and get farming information, Mr Losunyen has been able to fend for his family. Read more. Source | The East African
Published on August 03, 2017
The Heifer International has launched a programme to provide more agricultural market information to 2,000 farmers who have no Internet access.
The non-profit firm, based in Arkansas, US, said it is partnering with London-based Wefarm, a free service that lets farmers use mobile phones to ask questions or seek tips through a local number.
The responses come from other farmers who are on the network and have answers to the questions posed. The Heifer-Wefarm partnership targets farmers in Nakuru County, said George Odhiambo, Heifer country director in Kenya. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Published on August 02, 2017
Horticulture sector players and agriculture students will soon be able to acquire modern farming skills, thanks to a new Israel-sponsored project.
Epimaque Nsanzabaganwa, the head of horticulture division at National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB), said the $2.5 million (about Rwf2 billion) Horticulture Centre of Excellence will target agriculture university students, researchers, and sector stakeholders, especially those working informally.
“Under the project, the target groups will be trained in modern skills and the latest knowledge about growing of vegetables and fruits, which they will then pass on to farmers,” Nsanzabaganwa explained. Read more. New Times
Published on August 02, 2017
The Kenyan ministry of agriculture on Tuesday signed an agreement worth 3 million U.S. dollars with a local bank, Equity Bank to boost access to credit among smallholder farmers who contribute an estimated 70 percent of food production in the country.
Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Willy Bett said the Agriculture Credit Guarantee Scheme agreement (ACGS) with Equity Bank will cushion smallholders from under-financing that hinders productivity.
"This new credit guarantee scheme will enable small scale farmers’ access funds to cater for critical inputs like seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. We are exploring new financing models for smallholders to enhance sustainability of their enterprise," said Bett. Read more. Source | Coast Week
Published on July 25, 2017
Rwanda has set its eyes on the prize of flower production with customary changes and enhancement already taking place to scale the industry higher on another above par atmosphere, as it were.
In relation to this, the East African state’s flower sector has already made a great deal of signing, partnering with its neighbouring Kenyan investor, Florammat Limited, and Terimberemukoto Farming Cooperative.
The dual ship accord will ensure that the flower industry has its necessities taken care of in a bid to expand its territorial regional influence as well as stir up growth in the industry. Read more. Source | The Exchange
Published on July 24, 2017
Transparency International Rwanda and its partners has initiated a project aimed at increasing participation of farmers in planning, implementation and monitoring of agriculture projects using district performance contracts (Imihigo).
Launched in Kigali, on Friday, the project will be implemented in Kayonza District in the Eastern Province and Nyanza in the Southern and is expected to directly benefit 1300 members of farmers’ associations as well as thousands of farmers in the two districts. Read more. Source | New Times