Market Information Systems Assessment for East Africa. This report was prepared by FHI 360 for USAID’s Fostering Agriculture Competitiveness Employing Information Communication Technologies (FACET) program at the request of the USAID East Africa Office as an assessment of market information systems (MIS) in East Africa with the goal of describing current systems and recommending actions for developing a regional MIS for East Africa.
An Assessment of Market Information Systems in East Africa. This briefing paper presents the results of an assessment carried out to explore the current use of sustainable (without on-going donor support) and scalable (potentially to millions of farmers) agricultural market price information systems (MIS) in Africa, with a particular focus on East Africa. Its goal is to add value to the discussion in the region regarding alternative approaches to improving affordable access to market prices to value chain actors, including poor smallholder farmers—the target beneficiaries of USAID Feed the Future projects. The research, which was conducted between May and October 2012, included interviews with managers from MIS providers in Africa, along with practitioners and academics.
Market Assessment and Baseline Study of Staple Foods – Country Report Uganda. Staple Foods is one of the value chains which the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (COMPETE) program, in collaboration with EAC, COMESA and EAGC has picked for purposes of enhancing economic growth and food security in East and Central Africa. This report covers eight selected staple foods, namely: maize, wheat, rice,sorghum, millet, beans, cassava and ground nuts, among others grown in Uganda.
Uganda Coffee Industry Value Chain Analysis. Coffee is Uganda’s principal export and accounts for over 25% (on average) of the country’s total export earnings. Figure 1 below illustrates the trends of the coffee earnings in the country.
Staple Foods Value Chain Analysis - Country Report - Tanzania. The USAID Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (USAID/COMPETE) program, in collaboration with EAC and EAGC has selected Staple Foods, among other sectors, for Value Chain Analysis (VCA) with the objective of enhancing economic growth and food security in East and Central Africa.
Regional Focus on Uganda – USAID East Africa Trade Hub Activities. The USAID East Africa Trade Hub (EATH) worked with regional public and private sector partners to develop systems and policies that improve competitive regional and international trade and food security in East Africa. Uganda benefits both through direct programs and through our regional initiatives across the East African Community (EAC).
Regional Focus on Tanzania – USAID East Africa Trade Hub Activities. The USAID East Africa Trade Hub (EATH) worked with regional public and private sector partners to develop systems and policies that improve competitive regional and international trade and food security in East Africa.Tanzania benefited both through direct programs and through our regional initiatives across the East African Community (EAC).
Mauritius National AGOA Strategy. The preferential market access granted to Mauritius and other African countries through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has played a critical role in spurring Mauritius’ exports with the U.S. The textiles and apparel sector grew annually at a steady rate of 5 percent since AGOA’s adoption and leading non-textile/ apparel exports grew annually at as much as 23 percent between 2001 and 2006 and an overall rate of 12 percent since 2001. In effect, AGOA has contributed to expand the apparel industry of Mauritius on a scale that the country would unlikely have achieved without preferential access to the U.S. market.
One Stop Center Maximizes Efficiency at Port of Dar es Salaam. The Port of Dar Es Salaam, the second largest in East Africa after Mombasa, is one of the least efficient on the planet, hindering trade and economic expansion not just for Tanzania but also for neighboring landlocked countries. The cumulative delays at anchorage and dwell time can exceed 20 days, while international standards are around 3-4 days.