On February 6, the Hub signed a grant with the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) to support the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) staple foods quality standards. The 2013 gazetted standards do not meet the needs of all stakeholders according to a study conducted by the EAGC. To address these gaps and ensure consistent implementation going forward, the EAGC has partnered with the EAC secretariat and the private sector to revise these standards. This grant will support the completion of the revision of the EAC staple foods quality standards and the development of the sampling, testing and grading guidelines. EAGC will consolidate feedback from the public view, organize editorial meetings and present the draft EAC 2016 staple food standards to the EAC standards committee for review with the aim of adoption in October 2016 at the EAC Council of Ministers.
“The Hub is pleased to provide a grant that enables the private sector to take a bigger role in trade policy,” said Hub Chief of Party Juan Estrada-Valle.
The first activity under the grant will be held February 28 – March 3, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss and incorporate feedback from a December 2016 public review of the existing EAC grain standards.
The overall objective of the grant activity is to increase flow of quality grain commodities from surplus to deficit areas and eliminate unnecessary barriers to trade in the region as well as promote confidence among regional trading partners of the quality standards in staple foods.
The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) is a membership organization for grain value chain stakeholders in eastern Africa. Its core members include farmers, traders and processors. EAGC operations span across 10 countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Ethiopia. The overarching goal of the EAGC is to contribute to increased integration of regional and national grain markets in eastern and southern Africa region by promoting a structured grain trading system. The EAGC is recognized by both public and private sector as a leading voice of the grain industry in Africa and has been mandated by the EAC Secretariat to spearhead the harmonization of grain standard in the region.