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.”

Message from the FoodTrade ESA outgoing Team Leader.

After a two year period leading the FoodTrade ESA Programme Management Unit, first in Dar-es-Salaam and then through a transition to Nairobi, it is time to move on due to family reasons. Going forward, I will lead a Climate Smart Agriculture regional programme, funded by DFID, and will be based in Pretoria, South Africa.

My work with the FoodTrade ESA programme has been cutting edge; our model, which promotes a structured approach to staple food trade in order to benefit farmers, the private sector and consumers, has enabled greater participation of the private sector in critical policy issues, and also activated much needed investment in the staple food value chain by local companies. I want to thank my team for the great progress made in the two years of my tenure, our partners who shared in the vision of getting more food to more people, our donor, DFID, who provided great technical support in addition to the funds needed to make this a reality, and DAI for the strategic stewardship.

I am confident that the incoming Team Leader will provide the much needed continuity to ensure FoodTrade ESA continues to produce strong results.

Marc VanUytvanck, outgoing Team Leader of FoodTrade ESA

Please feel free to send us any comments, suggestions or requests concerning FoodTrade ESA and our activities to info@foodtradeesa.com

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

 

703, 2017

FoodTrade ESA Monthly Newsletter February 2017.

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: News, Our Stories|0 Comments

Read about the regional updates in staple food trade in this month’s FoodTrade ESA monthly  newsletter here   .

612, 2016

News Feature – New rice hybrids set to hit the Kenyan market

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Our Blog, Our Stories|1 Comment

New rice hybrids set to hit the Kenyan market - An article by the People Daily on the Afritec Seeds Ltd, one of the grantees supported through the FoodTrade ESA Programme.  Read more here..  

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

703, 2017

FoodTrade ESA Monthly Newsletter February 2017.

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: News, Our Stories|0 Comments

Read about the regional updates in staple food trade in this month’s FoodTrade ESA monthly  newsletter here   .

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 [...]