FoodTrade East and Southern Africa recognizes the transformative potential of agriculture and trade to improve the lives and incomes of thousands of small scale farmers, as well as strengthen food security in the region. To harness this potential and bridge the gaps that exist in the trade of staple foods in East and Southern Africa, FoodTrade ESA is investing in innovative systems to allow small-scale farmers to improve their inputs and gain access regional markets. We support the private sector, governments, and other development actors to bring small scale farmers closer to the heart of agricultural systems in East and Southern Africa.

Our mission: to catalyze lasting changes that enable efficient trade in staple foods across the region to improve the lives of farmers, suppliers, service providers, traders, retailers, and consumers.

Our vision: to unlock trade across borders and across the region to get more food to more people.

“We aim to ensure that more staple food is traded and more people benefit from participation in national and cross border value chains for staple foods.”

Word from Team Leader.

Welcome to the FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (ESA) website. Knowledge forms a key part of our work influencing the growth of inter-connected regional value chains in staple foods. We aim to use this site to provide useful information on trade in staple foods including maize, rice, beans, and soy, news and updates on our investments which include the Challenge Fund and the Development Fund, as well as our interventions and partnerships in our nine countries of focus. We are extremely grateful to the UK Government for providing the budget of £35 million to implement our programme.

Our activities are aimed at improving the functions of national and regional staple food market systems, and the next phase of our operations will focus on delivery through our network of grantees. Our recent relocation from Dar-es-Salaam to Nairobi is aligned to the needs of this intensive phase of work, which will be supported by having our operations closer to the centre of the trade in staple foods.

FoodTrade ESA is facilitated by Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) Europe, in co-operation with partners KPMG, Michigan State University, Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) and africapractice. Please feel free to send us any comments, suggestions or requests concerning FoodTrade ESA and our activities to info@foodtradeesa.com

Marc Van Uytvanck, Team Leader of FoodTrade ESA

What is FoodTrade ESA?

FoodTrade East & Southern Africa is a five year UK Government funded trade enhancement and promotion program focused on staple foods. Our program focuses on staple food value chains that have the highest potential to promote and enhance regional trade and bring small scale farmers closer to the center of the production, processing and marketing functions. We partner with the private sector and relevant institutions to improve the functioning of national and regional staple food market systems. Targeted interventions are applied in: storage, inputs, service markets, information and coordination mechanisms and policy regulation. The program’s pillars include: supporting the creation of structured grain markets in East and Southern Africa; promoting the development of robust regional seed markets; and improving regional soybean value chains.

Regional Approach.

FoodTrade East and Southern Africa operates in nine countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Food production and marketing systems throughout East and Southern Africa are performing way below their optimal levels. A wide range of barriers to trade have resulted in the fragmentation of markets for both agricultural products and their inputs. This has led to a high level of price volatility and contributed to food insecurity. These problems extend further down the value chain to key inputs and services that food systems need. Using the pioneering ‘making markets work for the poor’ approach, FoodTrade ESA will look at the ESA region as potentially one market system, and facilitate changes within the sub-market systems to contribute to effective functioning of the entire ESA staple food market structure.

“Put simply, FoodTrade ESA will take a systemic approach to addressing intra-regional trade challenges in East and Southern Africa.”

Our People

Our Focus

Impact

FoodTrade ESA’s biggest outcome will be contributing to price stability for staple foods in the region through our work aimed at stabilizing markets and strengthening Food Security. We aim to directly impact over 400,000 households. The interventions we support are structured to unlock trade across borders and across the region in order to get more food to more people at an affordable and consistent price. We encourage our partners and grantees to demonstrate evidence of support to vulnerable groups including women and youth, in order to move them up the value chains and encourage their participation in production, trading and processing. Our market systems approach will help promote collaboration between farmer organizations, input suppliers, agriculture extension service providers, credit providers and other service providers across the region, in order to increase the quantity and quality of production and trade in staple foods, and protect small scale farmers from inherent risks.

How we aim to achieve change

FoodTrade ESA identifies and addresses major market and public sector gaps and failures that hinder staple food trade and limit farmers’ capacity to produce and market more staple foods. The programme facilitates interventions that achieve FoodTrade ESA’s overall outcome: getting more staple food traded, and having more people benefit from participation in national and cross-border staple food value chains.

“We aim to increase the availability of staple foods and build the resilience of small scale farmers by influencing systemic change across the region. We do this by supporting initiatives that improve input supply, extension and financial services, as well as provide innovative solutions to store, market and sell farm produce.”

How We Work

Our Challenge Fund is set up to stimulate innovative business models that deliver commercial benefits and solutions to market failures. Benefits include delivering jobs, as well as growing incomes and market access for the poor and smallholder farmers.

Our Development Fund is structured to help facilitate dialogue & action around key barriers in regional staple food markets. We fund targeted interventions to strengthen these markets, and provide support to non-profits, agencies, NGOs. 

Our Partners

Behind the Numbers

Our Stories & Blog

News & Announcements

 

1710, 2016

FoodTrade Bi-weekly newsletter

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Read about regional updates in staple food trade in this month’s FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly newsletter. https://us7.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/show?id=1358649  

410, 2016

News feature: The potential of hybrids in regional rice production

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: News, Our Blog, Our Stories|0 Comments

Afritec Seeds Limited received a £500,000 grant from the UK Government, through the FoodTrade East & Southern Africa programme, to implement a project that will improve smallholder farmer incomes through improved rice varieties & hybrids. [...]

310, 2016

FoodTrade ESA Monthly Newsletter

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: News, Our Blog, Our Stories|0 Comments

Read about regional updates in staple foods trade in this month's FoodTrade ESA newsletter. http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d9571f7cd004039c1435d63e1&id=6f452a3d91    

2109, 2016

FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly Newsletter – Wed. 14th Sept. 2016

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: News, Our Stories|0 Comments

FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly Newsletter - Wed. 14th Sept. 2016

909, 2016

Commercialising the beans value chain; early benefits realised by women in the value chain

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Our Blog, Our Stories|0 Comments

Zinduka Women Group is located in South-West Mbeya Rural District, Mshewe ward, in Tanzania. It was registered in 2011 with the support from the Mbeya District Council, who provided initial trainings in agricultural production. The [...]

909, 2016

Improved storage providing flexibility to farmers and private sector off-takers; benefits of participating in the GSoko system

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Our Blog, Our Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Partners within the GSoko system are already realising early benefits from aggregation and warehouse certification. NAFICS Grain Trading Ltd. (Nafics) has been a member of the Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) since its inception. We [...]

1710, 2016

FoodTrade Bi-weekly newsletter

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: News, Our Stories|0 Comments

Read about regional updates in staple food trade in this month’s FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly newsletter. https://us7.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/show?id=1358649  

410, 2016

News feature: The potential of hybrids in regional rice production

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: News, Our Blog, Our Stories|0 Comments

Afritec Seeds Limited received a £500,000 grant from the UK Government, through the FoodTrade East & Southern Africa programme, to implement a project that will improve smallholder farmer incomes through improved rice varieties & hybrids. [...]

310, 2016

FoodTrade ESA Monthly Newsletter

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: News, Our Blog, Our Stories|0 Comments

Read about regional updates in staple foods trade in this month's FoodTrade ESA newsletter. http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d9571f7cd004039c1435d63e1&id=6f452a3d91    

2109, 2016

FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly Newsletter – Wed. 14th Sept. 2016

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: News, Our Stories|0 Comments

FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly Newsletter - Wed. 14th Sept. 2016

2107, 2016

The Eastern African Grain Council and FoodTrade East & Southern Africa Launch the G-Soko Grain Trade Business Directory

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Announcements, News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Regional business directory unveiled at Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) Agricultural Trade Policy meeting.   Nairobi, Kenya, 21st July 2016. The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in partnership with UK-funded FoodTrade East & Southern Africa [...]

3006, 2016

FoodTrade ESA and YAPASA host Public-Private policy dialogue on the soybean value chain in Zambia

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Announcements, News|0 Comments

Soybean is one of the world’s most important and traded oilseed, and is highly valued in its processed form as a source of edible oil, as well as a high quality protein for animal feed [...]