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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 [...]

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 [...]

December 2016

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

By | December 6th, 2016|Our Blog, Our Stories|

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..  

October 2016

News feature: The potential of hybrids in regional rice production

By | October 4th, 2016|News, Our Blog, Our Stories|

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. The company is working to put hybrid rice technology into the hands of small farmers around Eastern Africa, allowing them [...]

FoodTrade ESA Monthly Newsletter

By | October 3rd, 2016|News, Our Blog, Our Stories|

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

September 2016

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

By | September 9th, 2016|Our Blog, Our Stories|

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 group comprises 30 members who are mentoring 20 other female youth (Zinduka Youth Group) with the purpose of grooming them [...]