The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub contributes to increased intra-regional trade of staple foods within the EAC by improving the access to, availability of and utilization of African-grown commodities through regionally integrated markets. Women dominate the EAC’s cross-border trade in staple foods, yet most operate informally and face many challenges. To achieve greater intra-regional trade and improve the livelihoods of women traders, interventions must therefore address women’s participation in informal trade. Through two grants, one to the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) and one to the Agribusiness Focused Partnership (AGRIFOP), the USAID Hub trained 391 women cross-border traders on trade regulations, business management and entrepreneurship. This effort led to improved policy advocacy and increased formal trade in the form of trade commitments for 17,509 metric tons (MT) of staple foods valued at $5,651,285, laying a foundation for future trade. To learn more, read the USAID Hub's Women Cross-Border Traders Compendium.