Yearly Archives: 2015


December 2015

FoodTrade ESA Interview with EAGC Executive Director Gerald Masila

By | December 15th, 2015|Our Blog|

In recent years significant investments have been made to improve the market infrastructure that enables grain to be traded at the national and regional level.  With efficient market infrastructure surplus grain from one country can effectively be traded to another country with a deficit. To do this however, certified warehouses must be in places that [...]

November 2015

COMESA launches regional seed variety catalogue

By | November 16th, 2015|News|

COMESA has launched a regional seed variety catalogue aimed at helping farmers’ access to improved and different types of seeds from Member States through simplified customs procedures. This is expected to help the region increase its food production and reduce levels of poverty. Acting Secretary General, Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget described the seed variety catalogue as [...]

October 2015

The 2nd Annual ReNAPRI Stakeholder Conference, Maputo Mozambique

By | October 28th, 2015|News|

FoodTrade ESA partner, Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) held their 2nd Annual stakeholder conference in Maputo, Mozambique from 27 to 28th October 2015. This conference thematic topic was “Anticipating the Future of Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa: Outlook for Maize, Wheat, Rice and Sugar.” ReNAPRI is an African-led, African-driven regionally coordinated [...]

FoodTrade ESA signs Grant agreement with Eastern Africa Grain Council for G-SOKO Phase II

By | October 21st, 2015|News|

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), and the DFID funded FoodTrade East and Southern Africa Project (FoodTrade ESA), signed a grant agreement of 2,947,509 GBP (about US$ 4.4 million) for Phase II of the project on ‘Development of a Structured Grain Trade Systems East Africa’, at the Southern Sun Hotel, last Friday, 16th October, 2015. [...]

The 6th African Grain Trade summit

By | October 19th, 2015|News|

The 6th African Grain Trade summit organised by the Eastern Africa Grain Council commenced on the 1st of October, 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda. FoodTrade East and Southern Africa  attended the three day summit in its capacity as a key sponsor. This Summit gathered stakeholders across the grain value chain in Africa for discussions on issues [...]

September 2015

FoodTrade ESA and Kilimo Trust sign a Grant Contract for US$ 2 million

By | September 22nd, 2015|News|

The UKAID funded programme ‘FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (ESA)’ implemented through DAI, signed a grant contract with the independent organisation ‘Kilimo Trust’ for the amount of £ 1.3 million (US$ 2 million) on 18 September 2015. This signing took place at the FoodTrade ESA main offices in Dar es Salaam. FoodTrade ESA has engaged [...]

EAGC in collaboration with FoodTrade ESA hold a Soy Stakeholder Meeting in Dar es salaam

By | September 21st, 2015|News|

FoodTrade ESA in conjunction with the East African Grain Council (EAGC) convened a group of Soy stakeholders from various private and public sector met on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the Holiday Inn Dar es salaam to deliberate on the key policy and regulatory issues constraining the growth on the Soy industry in Tanzania. The [...]

August 2015

FoodTrade’s Efforts on lifting Trade ban of Staple foods in the region

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA has facilitated two public-private dialogues, one where parliamentarians from the region were invited to discuss the effects of trade bans for staple foods. The meetings were held in collaboration with COMESA and the Zambian Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute. The Zambian government lifted the export ban on Maize a few months after the [...]

Regional Seed Market Systems

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA is working with COMESA to facilitate the domestication of harmonised seed trade regulations in the region. So far, seven out of nine countries where FoodTrade is operating are on course to domesticate and implement these regulations by December 2015. FoodTrade is also supporting a regional variety release system for seed which will ensure [...]

Implementation of Harmonised grades and standards for staple foods in East Africa

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA in collaboration with the East African Grain Council (EAGC) has recently launched its flagship programme called the G-SOKO platform. The G-Soko platform seeks to encourage many smallholder farmers to benefit from regional value systems through application of quality standards and use of certified warehouses to build commodity value. So far over 11,000 smallholder [...]