The African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS) is a biennial, high-level, multi-stakeholder event organized by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) with support from the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. The Summit attracts international and African-wide stakeholders from along the grain value chain for discussion on key grain industry issues and developing trends in grain trade on the continent. The Summit provides a platform for the public and private sector to discuss and agree on key mechanisms to enhance the enabling environment for grain trade. Rwanda President Paul Kagame is scheduled to give the key note address.
The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub will chair sessions on trade policy and investment in the region and deliver presentations on its work, including Driving Private Sector Investment in Agriculture: The Hub shares its experience and Policy: an enabler for structured grain trade and investment in Africa.
Since the first AGTS held in Nairobi in 2005, stakeholders have successfully advocated for policy interventions that have supported grain trade and improved grain structures. For instance, AGTS supported the establishment of harmonized grain standards for the East African Community (EAC), improvement of warehouse receipting and commodity exchanges, and the lifting of maize export bans.