An empowered woman is a productive woman. In Africa, women play a large role in agriculture, with female labour in Tanzania’s sector pegged at slightly above 50%. Women in the southern corridor of Tanzania, like their counterparts across the globe, continue to face challenges in accessing tools and inputs for production and critically access [...]
The Southern Africa Grain Network (SAGNET): Promoting a coherent grain trade environment for prosperity
Well-functioning grain value chains, operating with a stable policy environment, are essential for food security and livelihood creation in the greater East & Southern Africa regions. On average, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) produces 29 million tons of maize annually. However, recent adverse weather conditions - including the most severe drought since the [...]
The Southern African Grain Network (SAGNET) lends its support to SADC governments to help them develop vibrant grain trade environments.
The SADC region has great food production potential with the capacity to feed itself. Governments need to work closely with the private sector to address common challenges affecting the grain value chain and ensure smallholder farmers and consumers benefit from the structuring trade. Ad hoc and restrictive agri-trade policies affect agricultural productivity. Optimal agricultural [...]
Quality Declared Seed (QDS) producers Supported to market their Seed during the Nane Nane Agricultural show in Bukoba
Nane Nane is an agricultural show which takes place every year in the month of August in the North zone, Lake zone, Southern highland, Central and Western zones in Tanzania. In Kagera region, this event was held from 2nd to 8th August at Kyakailabwa ground in Bukoba district. The FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FTESA) [...]
How improved value chain coordination is benefitting women in Southern Tanzania – Zinduka women’s group
Women represent 43% of the labor force in the agricultural sector, and the figure rises to 70% in some countries. Implementation of the FoodTrade ESA Gender Action Plan has seen projects adopt approaches that seek to address women farmers’ access to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), including post-harvest handling, by facilitating better access to training venues [...]
Agriculture is a mainstay of our region’s economies, contributing x% to East Africa’s GDP. However, it is a sector that has been slow to innovate. And even with consistent efforts to close the skills gap in good agriculture practices and post-harvest handling, low levels of technology penetration as well as the lack of proper machinery [...]
In the month of March, FoodTrade ESA Programme joins the world in celebrating International Women's Day - Miles in women empowerment. Established to commemorate the movement for women's rights, the day is an important platform to advocate for a gender inclusive approach to social, economic and political development. It is also an important occasion to [...]
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..