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 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.
Published on December 09, 2015
East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Gender Strategy. The East African Community (EAC) was created to promote cooperation between member states in order to drive regional economic competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.Women are present in the region’s trade and export space but there is still a gendered structure to the economy. Men dominate most high-growth sectors and women are missing from the higher end of value chains. Where women are present in high numbers it is often as laborers or unskilled workers and not in management or ownership positions. Where women-led firms are present, they often have difficulty growing beyond the SME level, hindering their ability to succeed in export markets and act as catalysts for drawing investment to the region. Lower access to resources in comparison to their male peers impacts women at all levels and sectors. Constraints around access to information, finances, and inputs are compounded with lower capacity and higher time demands associated with social expectations that women carry the majority of home care responsibilities.
Published on September 08, 2015
Grain value chain actors from Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), Africa and the world at large, are set to convene in Kigali, Rwanda from October 1st to 3rd for the 6th biennial African Grain Trade Summit. Participants will include: grain millers, traders, transporters, clearing and forwarding agencies, bankers, insurance companies, farmers, food processors and international development organizations.
Published on August 04, 2015
G-Soko is designed to increase grain trade efficiency and market access. It should also reduce low-level fraud, increase traceability, and improve market information access.