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 November 09, 2017
A new application designed to provide farmers with timely information on climate change, crops, livestock and diseases affecting them for informed decision making has been tested for effectiveness.
The application will provide data on state of weather, amount of rain and soil humidity, and livestock performance to ensure better farm management and productivity, as well as market information on produce.
It is intended to reduce the effects of climate change, and diseases on crops, so that farmers get yield in a sustainable manner, according to developers. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on October 25, 2017
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for global support for Africa’s young farmers and “agripreneurs”, highlighting how agribusiness is the answer to the continent’s youth employment.
In collaboration with the Initiative for Global Development, the Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the AfDB brought together stakeholders to discuss how to expand economic opportunities for Africa’s youth throughout the agricultural value chain, from lab to farm to fork. Read more. Source | New Times
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