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So far Diana Ngaira has created 21 blog entries.

December 2017

Creating market opportunities for bean farmers in Southern Tanzania

By | December 22nd, 2017|Our Blog, Our Stories|

Now in its fifth year, the UK government funded FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FTESA) programme has disbursed 20 grants across nine African countries to the private sector and relevant institutions focused on building the capacity of smallholder farmers, storage, inputs, service markets, information & coordination mechanisms as well as policy regulation. Such interventions are [...]

Building effective staple food trading systems in the region

By | December 15th, 2017|Our Blog|

FoodTrade ESA’s Team Lead, Steve Orr, recently had an interview with The Exchange, a weekly newspaper in Tanzania, to shed light on the FoodTrade ESA programme and the importance of building more effective staple food trading systems in the East and Southern African region. Below are some highlights from the meeting.   Now in its [...]

Successful Hybrid Rice Demonstrations held in Mwea, Kenya

By | December 15th, 2017|Our Blog, Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA grantee Afritec Seeds Ltd. is implementing a project that is taking hybrid rice technology from the research farms of Hybrids East Africa Ltd. and putting it into the hands of small farmers around Eastern Africa. Kenyan-based Afritec is working to improve access to pure, high quality clean seeds that will help farmers transition [...]

November 2017

Women seizing opportunities in agriculture to improve communities in the southern corridor

By | November 16th, 2017|News|

  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

By | November 16th, 2017|News|

  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.

By | November 7th, 2017|News|

  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 [...]

September 2017

Quality Declared Seed (QDS) producers Supported to market their Seed during the Nane Nane Agricultural show in Bukoba

By | September 14th, 2017|Our Blog|

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

By | September 7th, 2017|Our Blog|

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 [...]

Relevant technologies key to helping move smallholder farmers up the value chain

By | September 7th, 2017|Our Blog|

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 [...]

May 2017

FoodTrade ESA Monthly Newsletter – March 2017

By | May 8th, 2017|News, Our Stories|

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 [...]