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Economic Growth in East Africa

Published on January 18, 2018

Economic_Brief.PNGEconomic 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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Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in East Africa

Published on January 11, 2018

Women_empowerment_EA.JPGBarriers 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.

The Food Sustainability Index

Published on December 19, 2017

FSI.JPGThe 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.

Communique on the Regional Grain Trade Facilitation Forum

Published on December 14, 2017

EAGC_Comm.JPGThe Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) issued a Communique on the Regional Grain Trade Facilitation Forum held in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2017. The forum brought together over 90 sellers and buyers of rice and other grain commodities from the Eastern and Southern Africa nations.

The objective of the Grain Trade Forum was to create a forum for networking among the grain stakeholders in the EAC region, with a focus on strengthening regional trade by creating market opportunities that offer enhanced opportunities for trade and investment and by engaging policy makers and private sector actors for reducing barriers to grain trade, thus simulating increased productivity and trade in the grain sector. 


The Human Face of Trade and Food Security

Published on December 14, 2017

CSIS_Food_Security_Report.JPGThe Human Face of Trade and Food Security is a publication of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in partnership with the New Markets Lab (NML).  It explores the different dimensions of trade that contribute to food security including; better access to safe and nutritious food, improvements in productivity-increasing technology, availability of storage and transport services, and generation of diverse income streams for farmers, enterprises, and countries alike—examined through the lens of the policy and regulatory environment that shapes the market. In contrast to top-down policy discussions, the publication takes a bottom-up approach that follows the opportunities and challenges facing different stakeholders that include farmers, consumers, innovators, traders, and developed and developing countries, that are part of the global system for trade in food.

Enabling the Business of Agriculture Data Snapshot- Kenya

Published on November 30, 2017

Agrilinks_cover.PNGEnabling the business of Agriculture Data Snapshot- Kenya is a brief featuring selected data on Kenya from the World Bank's Enabling the Business of Agriculture Index (EBA) 2017 report relevant to USAID's Feed the Future work. Kenya scores well in enabling access to seed, financial services, and ICT. Its water management policy framework is also extremely strong. Kenya performs relatively well in the areas of transport and access to machinery, but its fertilizer and market scores suggest room for improvement. Overall, Kenya provides a business-friendly environment for importing agricultural technologies and products, but could do more to ensure quality control once they enter the market.

EBA is a unique tool for measuring the ease of doing agribusiness. EBA score data, coupled with contextual analysis and consultations with key stakeholders, can inform priority reforms and allow for transparent result tracking over time and across countries. The index scores the strength of the legal and institutional environment for agribusinesses across eight topics: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, water, and ICT.  

EAC Industrial Competitiveness Report 2017

Published on November 16, 2017

EAC_Industrialization.JPGEAC Industrial Competitiveness Report 2017 is a publication by the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat. It provides an overview of the region's industry and benchmarks the region's performance and capability against other regions. It provide a compass to policymakers, the private sector (in particular manufacturing associations), and a wider audience of stakeholders by offering an industrial development trajectory of the EAC as a whole and of the internal dynamics among Partner States.

It also analyzes progress towards the attainment of the goals set in the EAC Industrialisation Policy 2012-2032, and provides diagnostics of manufacturing sector performance in the EAC and individual Partner States.

African Economic Outlook 2017

Published on November 09, 2017

Cover_page.JPGThe African Economic Outlook 2017 is a publication by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Center and the United Nations Development Programme.

This report examines Africa’s macroeconomic performance, financing, trade policies and regional integration, human development,and governance. It explains how improving entrepreneurship contributes to Africa’s industrialization and offers policies to do so

Spotlight on Sustainability Standards

Published on October 25, 2017

Bridges_Africa.PNGSpotlight on Sustainability Standards is the theme topic in this month’s Bridges Africa issue, published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).

This issue focuses on the role played by regulations and standards in global value chains and identifies important policy implications in terms of sustainability dynamics. Various contributors explore how new partnership models could help African producers reap more benefits from sustainability standards. It also presents a series of policy options to support collective governmental action with a view to promoting sustainable development through the improved governance and operation of private standards.

The U.S. Government Global Food Security Research Strategy

Published on October 05, 2017

kc6.JPGThe U.S. Government Global Food Security Research Strategy is based on input from the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) along with feedback from U.S. university researchers and a diverse set of other U.S. and international stakeholders about what worked well under the preceding 2011–2016 Feed the Future Research Strategy and what should be adjusted to respond to emerging opportunities, constraints, priorities and best practices over the coming years.

The strategy details the roles of key U.S. and international partners in designing, supporting, implementing and scaling research outputs in order to support improved coordination across U.S. agencies and partners.


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