Efficient agricultural markets enable cross-border trade in staple foods and contribute to economic growth and food security. According to COMTRADE data, the Hub has contributed to a 69% increase in volume and 18% increase in value of staple foods traded within the EAC between 2014-2017. The Hub works to align regional policies and remove trade bottlenecks by partnering with governments, strategic private sector actors and institutions to harmonize regional staple food standards, support access to finance to large, grain trade deals and build in-country knowledge of and compliance with food, plant and animal safety standards. The Hub also addresses fundamental challenges in crop production, post-harvest handling and trade information by offering capacity building trainings to traders, particularly women, and facilitating the adoption of innovative U.S. technologies.
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Published on August 08, 2018
The African Development Bank Group- AfDB , President Akinwumi Adesina, has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. The technology transfer he says is needed immediately and that evidence from countries like Nigeria demonstrated that technology plus strong government backing was already yielding positive results. Read more. Source | The Exchange
Published on August 08, 2018
Carlos Lopes, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa gave insights on ways African, can learn from South Korea’s development path ways to create more jobs in the continent measurement of growth and gains. "One of the things we should learn from Korea is that they defied the odds. When they wanted to boost their industrialisation no one believed it was possible. Their infrastructure was considered completely inappropriate; the comparative advantage was done; and they were told it was not possible." Read more. Source | New Times
Published on May 15, 2018
A recent study by Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) has outlined opportunities for improving agricultural value chains with an aim to connect farming to other areas of economic activity.
The study also highlighted how transforming agriculture can become a stimulus for economic development across the continent. The report, which is the second of its kind from the centre, was launched at a high-level event at the the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) annual Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on March 07, 2018
Agricultural Mechanization Day had been marked for the first time in Ethiopia,recently. Although there are limitations in the country’s Agricultural Mechanization, one and all have the same opinion on the subject of its significance.
As per Hailu Alemayehu, Executive at the Ethiopian Agricultural Works Corporation, Agricultural mechanization services sector head, mechanization plays paramount roles for the country whose economy depends on agriculture. What is more, transformation from agriculture-driven to industry-driven one l is possible through mechanization. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
Published on February 28, 2018
Increased American and global investments are key to unlocking Africa’s agricultural sector, African Development Bank (AFDB) has said.
AFBD president Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said that the US government should be at the forefront of efforts to encouraging fertilizer and seed companies, manufacturers of tractors and equipment, irrigation and ICT farm analytics to ramp up their investments in Africa. Read more. Source | The Exchange
Published on February 26, 2018
Efforts to improve access to quality seeds in the region have got a big boost following the introduction of seed certification by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member countries.
According to a statement from the COMESA secretariat, regional seed distribution certificates will be issued by national seed authorities on verification by COMESA experts.
Only seeds registered on the COMESA variety catalogue after inspection and laboratory testing by COMESA experts will be issued certificates. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on February 22, 2018
The manufacturing pillar must revolve around minimising post-harvest losses and utilising local resources through value addition at county level. Everything has a value if people are willing to find a way to make it useful through value addition.
But although value addition has become a buzzword in this part of the world, few realise that local farmers can play a major role towards the development of the manufacturing industry by simple value addition exercise on the locally available produce and resources around them or further upgrading of their cottage industries. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Published on February 14, 2018
Agricultural sector stakeholders converge in Dodoma tomorrow for a meeting that will deliberate on ways to improve its contribution to the economy.The meeting - which is the 4th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) - will begin tomorrow and run through Friday.
It will evaluate the outcomes of last year’s discussions on the subject and propose a new policy for implementation. Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Prof David Nyange from the Michigan State University said agriculture has what it takes to drive the country’s economy to industrialization. Read more. Source | The Citizen