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 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.