Published on March 12, 2018
USAID Hub Grains Standards Revision Brief outlines how the USAID Hub partnered with the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) to support the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in reviewing and harmonizing nine of 22 East African standards for staple foods, (i.e. cereals/grains, pulses and their products). The Hub and EAGC also helped the EAC Secretariat to develop sampling and test methods for the consistent applications of those standards.
Published on March 06, 2018
The Tanzania Country Factsheet highlights how the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) partners with Tanzanian and U.S. businesses to attract investment that transforms the Tanzanian private sector into vibrant global trading partners. It also illustrates how the USAID Hub is promoting a more predictable, transparent and enabling business environment in Tanzania and across East Africa by supporting adherence to intra-regional and international trade agreements and conformity to international standards.
Published on March 01, 2018
The Kenya Country Factsheet highlights how the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) partners with Kenyan and U.S. businesses to attract investment that transforms the Kenyan private sector into vibrant global trading partners. It also illustrates how the USAID Hub is promoting a more predictable, transparent and enabling business environment in Kenya and across East Africa by supporting adherence to intra-regional and international trade agreements and conformity to international standards.
Published on February 22, 2018
From Regional Economic Communities to a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It seeks to enhance knowledge among policymakers, experts and private sector stakeholders on essential policies and measures for establishing the CFTA and boost regional supply chains in agricultural commodities and processed food products. The report's network analysis shows which country has competitive advantage over others in each trade agreement or regional context. It also highlights overlapping regional agreements and identifies trade hubs within Africa.
The report carries out specific analysis of agricultural products, including those identified in the Abuja declaration. The ultimate purpose of this work is to inform African policy-makers with strategic tools to assist trade negotiations and agricultural policy design. Its focus is on the eight Regional Economic Communities that exist in Africa, as they do not only constitute key building blocks for economic integration, but are also important actors working in collaboration with the AU in ensuring peace and stability in their regions.
Published on February 08, 2018
The January 2018 edition of Global Economic Prospects (GEP) is a publication by the World Bank. It points out that, for the first time since the global financial crisis, all major regions of the world are experiencing an uptick in economic growth. The current, broad-based growth acceleration is a welcome trend and could be self-reinforcing.
On the other hand, stepping outside the frame of short-term forecasting, the GEP observes that growth in investment and in total factor productivity (TFP) has been declining over the past five years. Thanks to demographic trends, labor force growth has also been slowing in many parts of the world. This means that potential output (the amount the economy can produce if labor and capital were fully employed) would grow at a subdued pace in the future. The current demand-led recovery is likely to run up against supply constraints. The decline in TFP growth is particularly troubling since this has been a key source of rising living standards in many countries in the past.
Published on February 01, 2018
Microlinks Webinar Presentation is a presentation prepared by the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) for a webinar organized by USAID knowledge management platforms Microlinks and Agrilinks. It highlights the food crisis in East and southern Africa, but also stresses that the region has the ability to feed itself if food were allowed to move freely from surplus to deficit regions. It also provides information on The Hub and the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) trade facilitation forums that have been successful in promoting food security. In 2017, the USAID Hub and EAGC facilitated contracts for 1.2 million MT of staple grains for cross-border trade, supporting the food security of an estimated 14.4 million people.
Published on January 24, 2018
Natural Resources and Economic Growth in East Africa is an analytical brief published by the United States Agency for International Development, prepared by the Economic Analysis and Data Services Team. This brief provides an overview of the current state of natural resources in East Africa—with an analysis of energy, water, biodiversity, and climate change—and investments that U.S. foreign assistance has made in these areas. East Africa offers unique opportunities and challenges for the management of natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa. Although energy production and trade have lagged behind the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, East African countries hold considerable oil reserves and great potential for renewable energy including geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind.
Published on January 18, 2018
Economic Growth in East Africa is an analytical brief published by the United States Agency for International Development, prepared by the Economic Analysis and Data Services Team. This brief provides an overview of economic growth, trade, and agriculture in the East African countries of Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Somalia. According to the latest figures from the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, East Africa was the fastest growing economy in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region in 2016. The East African economy grew by 4.5 percent in 2016 and is expected to increase by 7.3 percent in 2017 and 8.9 percent by 2022, not adjusting for inflation (IMF, 2017).
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Published on January 11, 2018
Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in East Africa is an analytical brief published by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), prepared by the Economic Analysis and Data Services Team. This brief discusses the financial, educational, and legal barriers that prevent women in the East African Community (EAC) from fully participating in the economic sphere.
It outlines the many challenges women in East Africa face to fully participating in their respective economies, which inhibits their financial independence and limits their ability to provide financially for themselves and their families. The brief concludes that while great strides have been made in improving the state of women in the financial, educational, and legal spheres, women still lag far behind the progress of men. Women in the EAC are consistently time poor, spending more time performing unpaid household chores and less time in productive activities, and fewer women have bank or mobile money accounts or borrow money than men.
Published on December 19, 2017
The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit in partnership with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, is a model designed to assess the sustainability of national food systems in a qualitative and quantitative manner. The FSI highlights best practices among different countries, establishes a comparable benchmark and measures progress over time.
The first edition of the FSI, published in 2016, ranked 25 countries according to their food system sustainability. In the 2017 edition The Economist Intelligence Unit is adding nine new countries—including seven from the wider Mediterranean region (Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia), plus Hungary and Sweden. The FSI’s ranking offers a benchmark against which the performance of countries can be monitored vis-à-vis the main challenges confronting the global food system.